Sovereign Lake

Sovereign Lake will remain closed until we receive additional snow. We are revising our opening date to November 15th at this time.

CANADA’S WINTER WONDERLAND

In the 1930s, our ski pioneers recognized the value of the Silver Star area. Located in an outstanding natural environment with an abundance of dry snowfall the joint trail networks of Sovereign Lake Nordic Club and Silver Star Mountain Resort providing over 105km of daily groomed trails, making it the largest continuously groomed network of cross-country ski trails in Canada.  The high elevation and mild winter temperatures provide a perfect recreation area to explore. World-class grooming and outstanding early and late season ski conditions provide some of the best cross-country skiing in the world.

SLNC is dedicated to the promotion of cross-country skiing as an inclusive lifelong activity for all ages and abilities. Committed to the provision of high-quality facilities, programs, and services, the SLNC operates a world-class cross-country ski venue located within Silver Star Provincial Park.

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SLNC Opens November 13th for the 2019-20 Season!

  SLNC will be open for the season effective Wednesday, November 13th at 8:30 am. We intend to be grooming with the PB 400 snowcat on Passmore, Wylies Loop, World Cup, and possibly Aberdeen. Welcome back to another …
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SLNC Trails Closed until November 15th

  All SLNC Trails are closed effective immediately until further notice with no exceptions as we are trying to preserve the minimal amount of snow we have for the coming weekend. We will be opening Aberdeen as …
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A bit of background
Sovereign Lake

World-class grooming and outstanding early and late season ski conditions provide some of the best cross-country skiing in the world. SLNC is a not-for-profit ski club with over 2100 members operating within SilverStar Provincial Park on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan People.

Sovereign Lake Membership

Season Passes can be picked up locally at Stussi Sport from October 1st until Nov 1st, 2019. After this date passes are to be collected at SLNC. You must provide a copy of your email receipt in order to receive your passes. 

Early bird registration closes October 31st, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Troy Hudson – General Manager


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Events

Biathlon NCCP Silver Coaching Course

The Silver coaching course provides practical, sport-specific, technical information required to help new coaches run practices for recreation and development athletes such as Biathlon Bears and Cadet Biathlon Programs.
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BIATHLON ENTRY LEVEL OFFICIALS COURSE

This one-day course will cover the basic rules of biathlon, and give you hands-on, practical experience in the various areas of the field of play: range, course, penalty loop, timing and stadium. This course is recommended for …
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L2T On Snow Coaching Course

The CCI program develops skills and provides tools that a coach can use to (1) create a fun, team oriented environment that will motivate children to achieve their personal goals in sport and develop a lifelong …
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XC-OFFICIALS Level 2 Course

Level 2 A 16-hour course that prepares officials for leadership roles on a competition committee at the club, provincial and most national-level races, including the BC Cup Series, BC Winter Games, and loppets. The course covers all …
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SLNC New Range Regional Race

Event Notice: SLNC Regional Race 2019 Date: Saturday, November 23, 2019 Event Schedule: 9:00 – 9:30 am – Bib pick up 9:45 – 10:00 am – Coaches meeting at range 11:00 am – Sprint Race Start Registration: click here Registration Fee: Early bird …
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2019 Sovereign Lake Open

Welcome to the 2019 Sovereign Lake Open Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is always excited to host early-season world-class competitions at our high altitude venue. Preparations are well underway. Please review the Race Notice carefully for event details …
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BIATHLON BC CUP #1 & BCWG TRIALS

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Biathlon BC Cup #1 & BCWG Trials (Zones 2,3,4,5)

Event Invitation – Friday December 13, 2019 – Unofficial Training 9:00 am – 3:30 pm – Open Range 6 pm – Team Captains meeting – SLNC Tech Building Saturday December 14, 2019 – Sprint 9:00 – 9:30 am – bib pick up 9:30 …
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CANSI Level 1 Course

  Come take part in the Level 1 CANSI Course hosted by Sovereign Lake, December 13-15th.   LEVEL 1 OVERVIEW Prerequisite: Open to the public Focus: To teach basic skills to beginner to intermediate skiers. Why People Take This Course: To become a ski instructor …
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CANSI Level 2 Course

  CANSI LEVEL 2 COURSE Prerequisite: XC Level l Focus: To develop the core skills of an intermediate skier. Why people take this course: For personal challenge and skill development. To develop stronger skill analysis and teaching approaches. Required to assist on Level …
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Black Prince Dinners

Welcome to a new season of our Black Prince Dinner offerings. This season we will be hosting five events throughout the winter showcasing exceptional three-course dining with the allure of a short backcountry hike. Dining is …
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Cadet Biathlon Zones

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Cadets Regional Biathlon Race

Stay tuned for more information.
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The BeerCanBeiner

Now in its third year, the BeerCanBeiner is steeped in nordic tradition. Well… the Birkebeinerrennet is, and that is a 54 km race that has taken place since 1932 in Lillehammer, Norway and commemorates a trip …
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CADET BIATHLON PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  MORE INFO TO COME.
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SnowFun 50

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The Sovereign “Best in Snow” Loppet

  DATE: Saturday, March 14 COST: -$16 Pre-register online -$20 Day of registration REGISTRATION & BIB PICKUP: -Pre-register @ www.webscorer.com (Registration will go live on February 1st) -Day of race registration only between 8am-9:30 am at the Race Office on Saturday, March 14 LOCATION: Sovereign Lake …
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2020 Ski National Championships

  Visit our new National Championships Website at: www.skinationals2020.ca
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XC-OFFICIALS Level 3 Course

Officials Level 3 Course   This course will be run in conjunction with the Cdn National Championships, hosted here at Sovereign Lake Nordic Club from March 25th – April 2nd. Registration for this course must be done through …
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Latest News

SLNC Opens November 13th for the 2019-20 Season!

  SLNC will be open for the season effective Wednesday, November 13th at 8:30 am. We intend to be grooming with the PB 400 snowcat on Passmore, Wylies Loop, World Cup, and possibly Aberdeen. Welcome back to another …
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SLNC Trails Closed until November 15th

  All SLNC Trails are closed effective immediately until further notice with no exceptions as we are trying to preserve the minimal amount of snow we have for the coming weekend. We will be opening Aberdeen as …
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SLNC Opening Delayed to November 8th

Due to a high-pressure cell hanging over the Southern Interior, we have not received any additional snowfall this past week to allow for opening. Roughly 15km of trails have been packed but lack sufficient snow depth …
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Early Bird Registration Closes October 31st at 11:59pm

If you have been delaying in picking up your season pass you best get on it! Early bird rates close on October 31st which means that our in-season rates go up by $20 per person.  Register …
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RESULTS of the 2019 Call for nominations – SLNC Board of Directors

Dear SLNC Members: The 2019 Elections Committee is pleased to announce that five SLNC members put their names forward to run for the Board.  Since six Director positions were available, the five nominees will become members of the Board by acclamation. …
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Call for Nominations: SLNC Board of Directors

  We are looking for enthusiastic people who want to help Sovereign Lake Nordic Club continue to offer the finest Nordic skiing anywhere (in our humble opinion). Six positions are coming due this year, so if you have …
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Biathlon Demo Day at Sovereign

Have you ever wanted to give the sport of Biathlon a try? Well now is your chance! Our coaching team and athletes are opening up the range to anyone in the club with an interest in …
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Spring has Sprung!

  Spring has sprung on the trails of Sovereign Lake with day time temperatures climbing above 10 degrees daily. With these changing conditions, we adjust our grooming plan to spend more time preparing trails in the late …
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Capital Gaming Grant Approved For $230,000 Towards SLNC New Snowcat

SLNC is excited to announce that we have been awarded a $230,000 Capital Projects Gaming Grants to be used towards the purchase of our new PB400 snowcat. This application was submitted last July and was recently …
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Sovereign Masters Athletes Harness the Norwegian Spirit at Masters World Championships 2019

The Masters High-Performance Group from SLNC has been preparing to race at the Masters World Cup 2019 in Norway over the last 2 seasons. With the expert guidance from our Program Director, Eric de Nys, and …
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2019 BC Teck Midget Championships record attendance in Vernon

In a day of age where marketing, cell phones and screen time are winning the attention of our youth, it was incredible to see over 250 young inspired athletes come out to enjoy a sport they …
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A Pirates Life for Us

Avast ye scurvy landlubbers!!!   With all the hubbub surrounding the Vernon Winter Carnival Pirate Theme this year, we figured that we best step up to the bowsprit and host our very own Pirate themed event for our …
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BeerCanBeiner Success!

When one thinks of Sovereign Lake you rarely think Brew Pub but on February 6th we transformed the downstairs of the lodge, the old day lodge and the race office into three micro-breweries showcasing boutique brews from …
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SLNC Biathletes heading to Canada Winter Games

Congrats to SLNC athletes Danica Ariano and Ethan Algra who will be representing Team BC in the upcoming 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer from Feb 15-23rd. Biathlon BC sends a team of eight (8) …
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Sovereign Lake reaches 2000 members!

A goal often thought to be a pipe dream became a reality on December 28th, 2018. Sovereign Lake Nordic Club membership has hit 2000. The 2000 member mark has been a benchmark goal of General Manager, Troy …
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Happy Holidays

We are so happy that you have chosen Sovereign Lake Nordic Club to be your destination of choice for xc skiing this December. We wish you and your family the best this holiday season. Check out our Holiday Hours …
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NorAm Weekend: Volunteers made it Super

Rising US star Julia Kern (bib 101) and two-time Canadian Olympian Dahria Beatty (right) lead the pack over the bridge in Saturday’s sprint. (Photo: Peggy Hung) Sovereign Lake hosted a major cross country skiing event last weekend, …
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All Action Weekend

Peaceful late morning after the elite skiers are finished for the day. Sovereign Lake is busy with elite racers this week. Each weekday morning, more than a hundred of the best skiers in North America are here …
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Sovereign Lake Wednesday Night Race Series

Sovereign Lake Presents:  SLNC will host a Wednesday Night Race Series running throughout the 2018/19 ski season. What a fantastic opportunity for seasoned racers and newbies alike, looking to improve, test themselves, and just have a pile of …
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Record Opening Weekend

Day 8 of the new season. November 12, 2018 Sovereign Lake had a record opening weekend, with 1,001 day tickets sold, and all three days of the long weekend setting records. As usual in the early season, there …
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WE ARE OPEN!!

The masters are out early. November 5, 2018 Get ready to be inundated with ski pictures in your social media feeds because SLNC is open for business for the 2018-19 ski season.  With 15km of great skiing for classic …
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RESULTS of the 2018 Call for nominations – SLNC Board of Directors

Dear SLNC Members: The 2018 Elections Committee is pleased to announce that four SLNC members put their names forward to run for the Board.  Since five Director positions were available, the four nominees will become members of the Board by acclamation. …
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Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Club to host 2020 Canadian Cross Country Ski Championships

PRESS RELEASE: September 27, 2018 Cross Country Ski de fond Canada’s Events Committee is pleased to announce the Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Club in Vernon, B.C. will play host to the 2020 Canadian Ski Championships in March …
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Sovereign Lake is Hiring!!

Sovereign Lake is hiring for a number of seasonal positions at this time. Be a part of our tight-knit team. Please review these job opportunities. Snowcat Operator / Groomer Maintenance Lead Counter Staff Ski Instructors  
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2018/19 Season Passes Available NOW!

Let Sovereign Lake be your next winter escape. Get a jump start on the season by purchasing your Individual or Family Season Passes now and be entered to win an $850 Thule Ski Box, donated by …
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2018/19 Programs Registration OPEN!

While we are in the heat of summer we never really stop dreaming about snowy days at Sovereign Lake. 2018/19 Program Registrations are now open. There are many new and exciting program options for this season so …
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SLNC Success at Canadian Champs in Thunder Bay

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club and Vernon can be very proud of the 8 athletes who recently traveled to Thunder Bay, Ontario to compete in the Cross Country Ski Nationals that took place March 10-17. These athletes …
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2018 Call for Annual Club Awards Nominations

Call for Nominations: Annual Club Awards  (please attach the Criteria document and the list of past recipients to this message) The Annual Club Awards will be presented at the end of the season event April 7th. Nominations are …
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New Mobile Trail App is here!

We are excited to be working with the Avenza Maps App to produce a new high resolution mobile trail map designed for iOS, Android and Windows mobile phones. Find your location, track your mileage and never get lost again! Login …
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SLNC Wins BIG at BC Championships!

Congratulations to the full SLNC race team of over 60 participants that took part in this past weekend’s BC Championships at Telemark Ski Club in West Kelowna. With a  record 628 athletes registered for the three days of …
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Call out for Loppet Volunteers

The Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is hosting the 37th annual loppet on March 11, 2018. We’re reaching out to our members to volunteer and if you are not in a position to do so, perhaps you could encourage …
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World Junior Championships Report: Athlete Hannah Mehain

The team WJC Canadian Team flew to Geneva, Switzerland and then drove to Praz de Lys, France for a training and acclimatization camp before the races in Switzerland.  The sky was overcast and it dumped with …
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SOVEREIGN LAKE RACERS STRONG AT WESTERN CANADIANS

January 19 – 21 saw 11 Sovereign Lake athletes and a couple of masters take to the Riverbend Golf Course for a weekend of intense cross-country ski competition at the Haywood Western Canadians in Red Deer, …
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SUPER BIG THANK YOU !

To all of our SLNC Biathlon Regional Fun Race volunteers we would like to extend a SUPER BIG THANK YOU ! The SLNC Biathlon Regional Fun Race and BC Winter Games Biathlon Qualifier Competition this past weekend was a …
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Burgers and Beer?? Yes Please!

The SLNC Racing Team is raising funds to  help offset their expenses to Thunder Bay for the Canadian National Championships this March. Raise a Pint and down a burger to help these great kids achieve their …
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SLNC nominated “Best XC Ski Resort in North America” by USA Today

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club has been nominated in the latest “10Best” Readers’ Choice travel award contest! Their expert panel selected Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre as a contender for Best Cross-Country Ski Resort in North America, which has just …
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Official Level 1 Course: October 28th

Hello Members! Well, it is time to start thinking of the ‘white stuff’ and the wonderful venue we have up at Sovereign Lake! With ambitions of hosting more events like Masters Championships and National Championships, which bring money back to …
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October 18th: SLNC AGM

Join us at the 2017 Sovereign Lake Nordic Club AGM Location: Schubert Centre 6:00-7:00pm  Mingle and Membership Registration and Pass Pick Up 7:00-7:30pm Stussi Sport Winter Fashion Show 7:30-8:30pm SLNC Formal AGM Meeting ——————————————————————————————————- Dear SLNC Members: We (the 2017 Elections Committee) are …
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RESULTS of the Call for nominations – SLNC Board of Directors

Dear SLNC Members: We (the 2017 Elections Committee) are pleased to announce that eight SNLC members put their names forward for the Board this year!  The strong response is testament to the vitality, enthusiasm and volunteerism of the members …
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Membership Has Its Privileges

With winter just around the corner and the ski swap behind us we are focussing on membership registrations and our best ever Early Bird Prize Package yet!   Register prior October 31st for a chance to win a …
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SLNC receives a $6000 grant from ViasportBC

SLNC is very excited to announce that ViaSport BC has provided the club with a $6000 event hosting grant for our NorAm taking place December 9-10, 2017. Thank you so much for supporting racing in British …
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Call for Nominations: Sovereign Lake Board of Directors

We are looking for enthusiastic people who want to help Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre continue to offer the finest Nordic skiing anywhere (in our humble opinion).   The main requirement to be a Board member is …
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SLNC Welcomes Eric de Nys as new Programs Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20, 2017 With a focus on delivering a full roster of programming from Bunny Rabbits and Biathlon to Ski Academy and Masters,  Eric brings new collaborative vision to the delivery of Programming at Sovereign …
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Job Posting: SLNC Club Coach

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is seeking a highly motivated and skilled coach available for full time seasonal employment effective September 5th, 2017. This position offers an annually renewable contract with fair compensation package. The Club Coach …
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Darren Derochie retires from SLNC Programs

On July 15th, Darren Derochie tendered his letter of resignation to SLNC effective immediately. Darren has provided over 8 years of quality service to our club and we are proud of his accomplishments during his time as …
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Annual Club Award Nominations Now Open

Awards Criteria – Sovereign Lake Nordic Club Volunteer committee recommends the nominations of the following awards be done by the membership each year and put forward to the Board in March for final decision-making. This criterion will …
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Jessica’s Trail a Big Success Story

Revisions and widening of Jessica’s Trail this summer, located just off the Stadium, has become a wonderful success story offering adventure and a unique historical perspective. This 1.2km classic-only trail has rapidly become the most discussed trail …
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Geo Caching comes to Sovereign Lake

In cooperation with GeoCaching BC, Sovereign Lake Nordic Club has undertaken an initiative to place 10 geo caching stations throughout our cross country ski trail and snowshoe trail network. GeoCaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which …
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Champ’s Pancake Breakfast

Join us for a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to send Hannah Mehain, Sovereign Lake’s Junior Racer (and Junior National Team member) to the World Junior Championships located in Park City, Utah from Jan. 30th to Feb. 5th, 2017. Come and …
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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas! The Sovereign Lake Nordic Club Staff and Board would like to wish you and yours the best this holiday season. We have numerous last minute Stocking Stuffers, Punch Passes and Gift Certificates for that special …
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NorAm/SuperTour Racers Arriving Early to Train

The excitement for the race weekend is building, with the arrival of the Thunder Bay National Team Development Centre athletes on November 30th.  TBay brought around twenty athletes, the team van and trailer, and a few …
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November Visitors at Sovereign Lake

A visiting biathlon team practising mass starts in the stadium (Photo: SLNC) Sovereign Lake was energized by visitors last weekend, in large part thanks to US Thanksgiving. As usual, many of our neighbours to the south came up to …
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Sovereign Lake Nordic Club photo contest!

Sovereign Lake would like to see your favourite winter photos all season long.  Post your photo using the hashtags #MySovereign and #WinterLivesHere and each month we will unveil one winner who will receive a prize. At the …
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We Are Open

Amanda and Jacek made the trip from Kelowna on November 24th for Jacek’s first time skiing ever (Photo: SLNC) Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is open for the season! The unusually warm fall is behind us and normal service …
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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from all of us at SLNC! Don’t forget this is the last day for early bird registration. Sign up for your season pass and programs today to save. Click here to go to our registration page.  
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SLNC AGM Summary Report

  The 2016 AGM was held at the Schubert Centre on October 19, 2016. Thank you to all the members who attended and also to the many volunteers who planned and attended to the Open House An Open House …
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SLNC Board Nominees for 2016-2018 Term

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club will take place on Wednesday October 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Schubert Centre. The AGM agenda includes the election of up to five (5) members …
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Call for Nominations to the 2016 Board of Directors

SLNC Wants You! There are 5 available vacancies to be filled on the Board of Directors at the AGM on October 19th. The Board is comprised of 10 members. Terms are 2 years, which means that every …
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September 24th Work Party

With our first volunteer work party in the books there was an incredible amount of volunteerism energy put forth to complete some monumental tasks. Over 50 people were in attendance today on a beautifully sunny day …
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BC Interior Cyclocross Loves SLNC!

1st Annual Cyclocross Race A Huge Success. With just over 70 competitors our first cyclocross event at Sovereign was a great success. While the weather for most people was horrible on Saturday with non stop rain, it …
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