BC Winter Games Underway: Day 1 Results


The BC Games are underway and 3 events took place on the opening day of Competitions. Athletes representing all corners of the province are in attendance and saw successes across the podiums in Friday’s competitions.

Cross Country Competitions (Individual Start – Classic): 

  • Para Nordic Sit Ski – Male: was won by Kadem Baum (Larch Hills- Okanagan), our only registered sit ski competitor of the event who laid down a blistering fast time on his course.
  • 3.5km Male: With a Hollyburn (Coast Region) podium sweep, Andrea Inkster, Mark Shapolov, and Noah Wilson prevailed in their category. SLNC athlete Simon Heidt, placed a strong 7th. 
  • 3.5km Female: With 3 regions representing the podium of the girls’ category, Aleah Smith (Nelson-Kootenays) laid down an unmatched performance taking the win by 30 seconds over the nearest competitor. Fiona Woodman (Revelstoke – Okanagan) took second, while Nadia Wallin of Williams Lake (Cariboo) landed the final podium spot, in 3rd.
  • 5km Male: With another Hollyburn (Coast) athlete Lucas Gitt taking first, Sovereign Lake (Okanagan) athlete Axel Hostyn, took second place, 43 seconds behind the leader, while Kimberley (Kootenays) athlete Koby Clark rounded out the podium.
  • 5km Female: Kiara Pighin (Telemark – Okanagan), former SLNC skier, took a commanding 20-second win,  while Madeleine Wilkie (Larch Hills – Okanagan) placed 2nd, with Ella Svenson (Rossland – Kootenays) in 3rd. SLNC athlete Carmen MacArthur was just outside of the medals with a solid 4th-place finish. 

The complete result list is available HERE.


Biathlon Competitions (Individual Sprint): 

  • Junior Boys: Ewan Hawes of Burns Lake (Northwest) took the top spot in the opening race of the day. Taje Hansen of Whistler (Coast) was 2nd with Aiden Firth rounding out the podium from Mount Currie (Coastal).  SLNC athlete James Holmes-Peters, placed 10th. 
  • Junior Girls: Former SLNC skier, now in Summerland (Okanagan) Jasmin Hanry placed 1st in the competition with clean shooting and an almost full 1-minute lead over her nearest competitor, SLNC athlete and torch bearer Sierra Munroe, landing a strong 2nd place finish having missed only one target, and Brydon Harris Irvin of North Van (Coastal) took the final podium position.  Savannah Bot of SLNC had a strong race with only one missed target placing 7th, while still enduring an ankle injury which occurred at the Biathlon National Championships.

Biathlon Competitions (2x 3km Team Relay): 

  • Junior Boys: The Zone 5 Boys Team of Aiden Firth and Taje Hansen placed first, Zone 8’s Nathanael Dean and David Hillhouse placed second and the Zone 2 Team of Tyler Lum and Rowan Bird took 3rd place. SLNC James Holmes-Peters placed 4th with teammate Oscar Nelson.
  • Junior Girls: The Zone 2 Team of SLNC athlete Sierra Munroe and Summerlands Jasmine Hanry took the top spot in the 3 x 1km race, Zone 8 Girls team of Isla Cadell and Natalie Hoehn placed 2nd and Zone 2’s Tayte Proulx-Royds and SLNC athlete Savannah Bot, rounded out the podium in 3rd. 

The complete result list is available HERE.



BC Winters Games Volunteer Recruiting Underway


We are just two weeks away from the BC Winter Games and while this is a small event, it still takes lots of volunteers to run the events. SLNC will be hosting both the XC and biathlon events. With under 150 athletes between the two events, it will make for short days and exciting racing between two small age groups. If you are available to help out on any of the days please signup at the links below. This is a great way to give back to the ski community and if you are new to the club, a great way to meet like-minded people!

For more information on the events, please visit the event website HERE.

Jess4Kids Team Relay This Saturday

Join us for a fun 4-person relay after your program finishes or come up and support a great club cause. The Jess4Kids Ski Scholarship Fund was launched in 2014 to celebrate the life of Jessica Eaman, a staff member, instructor, and passionate skier. Each year (Covid seasons excluded) we put on a small, fun fundraiser that pays homage to that special community member and generates money for the ski scholarship fund which provides skiing and snowshoeing opportunities to kids who otherwise could not afford it. Each winter, SLNC provides funding to over 50 kids, programs or classes. The funding helps to offset bussing costs, rentals, lessons and tickets to make our club as inclusive as possible. We have also utilized funding to support indigenous programming through the club via our Spirit North Program.

Join us this Saturday from noon until 2pm for a great community event. The costs is $5 per person or $20 per team. Each team consists of 2 skiers and 2 snoweshoers. The loops are no more than 400m long.

Prizes for best customers, Team Spirit and well as Turtle and Hare Awards will be distributed at teh end of teh event outside.

Register inside the daylodge between 10:30 and noon.

Meters of Snow Await You at the Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon!


Come share the wonderful snow in Vernon, BC, Canada, by enjoying an end-of-season ski marathon!

The Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon is beautifully timed so that you can end your ski season on fantastic snow and then head down the mountain and enjoy all the City of Vernon and the Okanagan Valley have to offer.


This hidden gem is nestled in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Gifted with an amazing climate, the city of Vernon in the Okanagan Valley has early and late season skiing up in the mountains, including access to some of the best back-country skiing in the world. In contrast, down the mountain, the Okanagan Valley is renowned for the growing of fruit and the production of wine.

The event motto is “Finishing is Winning,” but there are also some fast skiers at the front of the pack. In its inaugural year last year, over a dozen Olympians lined up at the start line. The event encourages people of all ages and abilities to give either the 21k or the 40k event a go. April 1st, 2023, is the skate day, and April 2nd, 2023, is the classic day.


Photo Credits: Ellis/Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon


The Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon consists of 2 great resorts joining together for two days of events, with two distances and two techniques. The format is “Point to Party,” with athletes starting at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club World Cup Stadium and winding their way to the main street in the fantastic SilverStar Village.

SilverStar Mountain has an annual snowfall of approximately 7m, and SilverStar Mountain Resort has 12 lifts that span over four mountain faces in addition to the 50+km of cross-country ski trails.

Both venues have a depth of experience putting on events of many sizes, including World Cups and World Masters Championships, plus many local and international events. Over 300 volunteers will stand by to ensure S2S 2023 will be another success and a highlight for the participants. The trail systems link to provide 105km of some of the best-groomed trails in the world. The season continues to early April when the trails close, not because of lack of snow, but because by early April, the warmth has started to come to the beautiful Okanagan Valley, and everybody is transitioning to their summer sports. Most years, there are on snow training camps in May hosted by Sovereign Lake Nordic Club.


Photo Credits: Hostyn/Sovereign 2 SilverStar Ski Marathon


The S2S organizers encourage people to come and do the event and then “Stay and Play!” The event has shifted slightly so that both Sovereign and SilverStar remain open for a further week. This makes it possible to do the event and then stay and enjoy some amazing spring skiing. Or join many of the locals in starting to enjoy the spring beauty of the City of Vernon, the Okanagan Valley, and the rest of beautiful British Columbia.

For more information or to register, visit www.sovereign2silverstar.com/





Self Check-In Has Arrived

It has been two long years of development with our Point of Sale System provider, but we are excited to announce that Sovereign Lake now has self-check-in capabilities for pass holders. Entabeni Systems worked with us to create this easy check-in process and we are working to make it super simple.

It is important on so many levels to have this scan data. From grant writing user data to determining when (and when not) to schedule events and other programs around busiest facility times, to provide you with a simple way to track your own skier visits, and on the fun side, be entered into monthly draws for great SLNC merch.

From the smiles on members’ faces, it is easy to see that this has created a simpler user interface for scanning your passes and hope to see a big increase in scanning data soon. No personal information is stored when you scan your passes, we do not share your information with others, but what it DOES do, is provide us with effective tools to make our business and club function better, with a modern technology twist.

Biathlon Racing Comes to SLNC: Volunteers Still Needed.

The Biathlon North American Cup & World Youth Junior Trials is only 9 days away and we are DESPERATELY in need of Volunteers!! If you have already signed up to volunteer, THANK YOU so much, can’t wait to see you out there.

If you have not, we still have 136 positions open needing your help for the competition week of Jan 4-8th. Please consider volunteering for full days, if possible, to avoid gaps. All volunteers will get hot lunches and a limited edition especially created headwear!

We, as the organizing committee and athletes greatly appreciate your support in making these competitions happen! Please register by Thursday, December 29th to give us a good handle on volunteer numbers!

No previous biathlon volunteer experience is required! We will train on-site the day of the event! Bring a friend or family member and be in the thick of watching these top athletes ski and shoot their way for coveted spots to represent Canada on the international stage!

It only takes a few seconds to sign up! Times indicated are the volunteer start times. Consider arriving a few minutes early to complete check-in, and grab some refreshments and your swag!

Volunteer Here: https://sovereignlake.galaxydigital.com/agency/detail/?agency_id=213909\

Parents & Family: If you have an athlete competing at this event, please consider supporting your athlete by volunteering! When there are adequate volunteers, everything goes smoothly, and it ensures athletes get the best competition experience! And it’s a great way to get a front-row seat to see the action in the stadium and/or range!

Thank you for volunteering!

Please connect with Lynn Algra at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Cole Weather Ahead – Restricted Hours Update



Tis’ the season for arctic cold fronts and this holiday season is no different. This week will be bringing 4-5 days of severe cold temperatures (for us Okanagan softies). Please review the following changes to the coming weeks’ hours of operation.

  • No programs (including Masters) from December 19th through to the 23rd.
  • No night skiing from December 20th to 22nd.
  • Closed completely on Wednesday, December 21st (expected -30 at opening).
  • No lessons this week (-20 cutoff) until possibly Friday.