Most recent clients:
- Blow Me Down Trails, Newfoundland
- Bridger Ski Foundation, Montana
- Calgary Ski Club, Alberta
- City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado
- Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado
- Crested Butte Nordic Council, Colorado
- Dixie National Forest, Utah
- Eggshells in the Coffee, Colorado (guest ranch seminars)
- Greylock Glen Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Education Center, Massachusetts
- Lodge at Jackson Fork Ranch, Wyoming
- Menihek Nordic Ski Club, Newfoundland
- Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (now Methow Trails), Washington
- Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism & Recreation
- Moonlight Basin, Montana
- Snowsports Industries America
- Telluride Nordic Council, Colorado
- Three Forks Ranch, Colorado
- Town of Breckenridge, Colorado
- Triangle C Ranch, Wyoming
- Whistler Olympic Park, British Columbia
- Wind River Ranch, Colorado
Types of clients:
- Cross-country ski areas (day, overnight, destination)
- Guest/dude ranches
- Golf courses
- Real estate projects
- Four-season resorts
- Alpine ski areas
- Non-profit trails organizations
- Private landowners
- Corporate landowners
- Ski clubs
- Utility companies
- Inns, lodges, and B&Bs
- Backcountry winter operations/guide services
- Federal, state, provincial, and local lands agencies
- Tourism/travel entities
- Ski industry organizations
- Ski product suppliers
- Ski retailers
- Snowcat manufacturers
- Custom travel planners
- Travel agencies and shows, tour operators
- Ski shows
- College ski operations programs
Nordic Group International has worked on projects that include full-service resort and park master plans, regional trail and tourism studies, golf courses, guest ranches, family businesses, and more. Selected project descriptions follow:
Algoma/Sault Ste. Marie
NGI planned several stages of growth under the auspices of the Economic Development offices for the City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Southern Algoma Tourism Region. A market assessment evaluated the viability of Nordic skiing as a major component of the area’s winter tourism menu. The project included a phased Master Plan and Development Plan for a sub-regional network of multi-season trails. This included linkages with residential areas, schools, businesses, and trail services. These connections became a catalyst for developing community support and tourism appeal for the network.
Blow Me Down Trails
The team of Nordic Group International, SE Group, and Samyn-D’Elia Architects completed a Master Plan for renovations to Newfoundland’s Blow Me Down Ski Club’s trails and facilities. The plan detailed the concepts for a new eco-focused, multi-functional ski lodge, a renovated base area and signage system, improvements to the stadium, lighting, and biathlon system, and recommendations for trail and operations enhancement systems. A key objective was to recommend trail upgrades that would allow year-round use of the trails and buildings, as increasing use was over-taxing facilities.
Bridger Ski Foundation
Working in conjunction with SE Group, NGI provided a detailed Strategic Business Plan for the Bridger Ski Foundation’s Community Nordic Trails Program in Bozeman. Research included physical, market, and financial data in order to formulate strategies, recommendations, and actions for growth of cross-country skiing in the Bozeman locale. Intent was to secure the future of Nordic ski trails in town via more permanent use agreements, while also considering existing and potential sites within 15 miles of the city; and to secure the viability of the community Nordic ski trails program, including increasing community goodwill and funding sources. The study included a 47-question community-wide survey.
Calgary Ski Club
John Frado worked with the Calgary Ski Club and CHS Snowmakers to assess potential for making snow on 3-5 km of trail and two instructional terrain gardens, on the city’s Shaganappi Golf Course. After discussions with various city departments, a snowmaking system was designed that is expected to use a combination of airless and semi-airless guns, coordinated with strategically placed water supply sites, portable pumps and generators, and an irrigation pipe and firehose distribution system.
Crested Butte Nordic Council
NGI conducted an assessment of the Nordic elements and potentials in the Crested Butte Valley and associated drainages. The ensuing report covered issues, hurdles, and diverse points of view regarding the role of an expanded Nordic focus. Attention to connecting trail corridors was driven by important tourism-enhancement benefits that would result from uniting disparate trail zones to create a critical mass for target market appeal. Elements discussed included pros and cons of the existing Nordic Center building, current trail networks and potential connectors, motorized use issues, as well as community support and the need for more trails, better trails, and more sophisticated trailside services. NGI also proposed a series of short-term actions, ranging from staffing to facilities, marketing to signage.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Devil’s Thumb is a diverse 6,000-acre four-season guest ranch with a major Nordic operation (100 kilometer trail network). They retained NGI’s Jonathan Wiesel to expand and refine winter operations as well as to evaluate facilities. The project included creating development priorities as the land base tripled in size; coordinating facility and trail expansion; building marketing partnerships; developing new programs; and pricing services. In 2016, USA Today selected the ranch as one of North America’s Top 5 cross-country ski resorts.
NGI completed a Master Plan for this remote historic lodge in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The project’s aim was to facilitate the lodge’s sale and secure its future as a high-quality, non-motorized, trails-driven resort.
We addressed opportunities for interim enhancement and/or phased replacement of existing facilities. Development concepts required meshing with U.S. Forest Service goals as well as meeting extensive environmental and interest group concerns. Sun Valley tourism and cost-effective multi-season operations were also major considerations. Recommendations included intra-regional trails, shuttle systems, strategic trailheads, and establishment of a regional trails association, much of which has been instituted.
Nordic Group developed a comprehensive trails Master Plan for Canada’s ‘Capital Park.’ We created inventory and analysis models for an assessment of Gatineau’s 400-kilometer trail network, and then designed specifications and operations recommendations that helped create a detailed blueprint for phased advancement of objectives.
Multi-season trail uses were correlated with trail character and qualities, natural resource impacts, economic implications, park objectives, and trail user requirements. Project recommendations included development of a hierarchy of trails, trail hubs, and peripheral trail services (public and private); and introduction of Canada’s first trails-use/parking fee (to facilitate funding development and operations).
Gatineau consistently has had the highest number of cross-country skier visits of any area in North America.
Great Glen Trails
This 1,100-acre parcel was part of a privately-owned operations base for the Mount Washington Summit Road Company. The Glen sits in the heart of the scenic Pinkham Notch corridor and is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest.
John Frado’s unique planning solution resulted in the sale of 900 acres to the U.S. Forest Service, with rights reserved to build a 40-kilometer Class-1 trail system and associated support facilities. The remaining 200+ acres were retained for developing core services including a trails lodge, ponds, warm-up