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 Hudson, who recently announced the monumental feat. “I don’t believe, in the history of any ski club across North America has the elusive 2000 member mark been broached“. With now almost 2050 members as of January 2nd the growth does not show any signs of stopping. “We have made some very specific changes to help foster growth and encourage new families and individuals to experience Sovereign Lake for the first time“, states Troy. “The growth of the snowshoe market, in particular, is mind boggling this year. And…we are now seeing these snowshoe pass holders upgrading to ski passes. Something that we expected would occur as our core product and the thing that our club prides itself on most is our exceptional skiing”.

Snowshoeing, however, is not the only area of growth as all areas of the operation are up considerably in terms of visitation with the parking lots are now continuously full, even during weekdays. The club is at a crossroads and must start to envision this busier venue as the new norm. “We need to start planning for the future of our club in terms of growth potential and how we will accommodate all of these new members and visitors. In early November SLNC regularly hosted over 1000 people a day as other clubs did not have sufficient snow to open their trail systems”. 

New infrastructure such as increased parking, a new lodge, and better traffic mitigation are high priorities to better serve our members and guests as we become an increasingly popular winter destination. Congratulations to all of our great members on achieving this amazing feat!

 

 

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 fun out on the skinny skis. These races have distances and are geared towards all ages.

We are 1 race into the series with last weeks event seeing 26 racers of all abilities come out and test themselves on a 3 lap, 2km course. For race #2, we are hoping to see greater numbers out giving themselves that pre-xmas burn. The second race will be a pursuit start race based on your time from race #1. If however, you didn’t get the chance to come out to the first race and secure yourself a time, you are still able to participate in race #2 – we’ll just slot you in!

Second Race: Next Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 2018

Race Details:                                                                                            

Registration & Bib Pick Up: 5:50 PM – 6:15 PM

Cash only: $3.00/race or $20 for the series (7 races)

Race Start: 6:30 PM (Sharp-ish)

Please register in the Chalet upstairs

Results from the 1st race can be found here: Race 1 Results

See our Facebook event page for more details, and for the complete race schedule.

WE ARE OPEN!!

The masters are out early. November 5, 2018
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 and skate skiers, there is something for everyone. Check out our Webcams for current images as well as our Trail Report Page for the latest trail offerings. More trail will be opened as snow conditions permit.

Please be aware that our snowshoe trails are not yet open due to a shallow snowpack in the trees.

Season Passes are still on sale HERE. If you have kids in Programs there is a high chance that they will be getting onto snow very soon. Check your child’s Program Notification page on the website for the latest news.

 

Opening day corduroy on Passmore. November 5, 2018

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. They will start their 2-year terms at the AGM on October 17th, 2018:

  • Lynn Algra (new)
  • Pat Pearce (returning)
  • Brent Ree (returning)
  • Brian Wills (returning)

The four acclaimed board members will join five continuing Board members (Sandra Ecclestone, Sylvia Herchen, Guy Morazain, Mark Nichiporuk, and Greg Sadesky) who are starting the second year of their two-year terms.  This means there will be nine directors plus one vacant position.

Profiles of the four acclaimed Board members are posted at this link and you can meet them at the AGM on Wednesday, October 17th at the Shubert Centre.  Time;  Open House from 6:15 – 7:00 pm, AGM from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Congratulations and thank you to all Board members — including Sharon Clarke and Bruce Sandilands, who have completed their terms after many years of service on the Board.

Respectfully submitted,

 

The 2018 SLNC Elections Committee

Doug Geller, Randy Savoie, and Kim Taylor (Chair)

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 2020.
“Sovereign Lake Nordic has played a critical role in providing Canadian cross-country skiers access to snow early in the season as the anchor to our NorAm program,” said Dave Dyer, CCC’s events director. “It was time we finished the season off in the same style as we have become accustomed to every December by going back to the Vernon region for our national championships.”
Dyer added the Selection Committee was especially impressed with the evolution of the leadership group and dedicated staff at Sovereign Lake Nordic.
The premier event on the 2020 domestic race calendar will fall immediately after the World Cup Finals in Canmore, Alta., March 20, 2020.
Homologated in 2005 to meet FIS standards in preparation for the return of the FIS World Cup to Canada, the trails at Sovereign Lake will provide a variety of options for both senior and junior skiers at the 94th running of the Canadian Ski Championships event.
“SLNC last hosted the Canadian Ski Championships in 1995 making the 2020 Nationals Campaign the 25th Anniversary of that event. An annual stop on the Haywood NorAm circuit each December, hosting other world-class events such as the 2005 World Cup and 2011 World Masters Championships, SLNC is poised to once again welcome our country’s top athletes during these eight days of racing,” said Pat Pearce, Chair of the Bid Committee. “The Organizing Committee is excited to get to work on its tasks to host the 2020 Canadian Ski National Championships.”
Located just 22 km from downtown Vernon, and 50 minutes from Kelowna International Airport, at an elevation of 1667m, Sovereign Lake Nordic Club and Silver Star Mountain Resort together provide over 105km of daily groomed Nordic ski trails. Its high elevation, moderate winter temperatures, world-class grooming, and outstanding early and late season ski conditions provide some of the best cross-country skiing in the world.
SLNC is the largest not-for-profit ski club in North America, founded in 1974, with backcountry skiing roots dating back to the early 1930’s. With over 1850 members and a thriving Youth and Master’s program of over 340, Sovereign operates a full-service facility with night skiing, large rental/retail shop and tuning services. We host over 29,000 visitors annually and offer a busy S’Cool Ski Program for more than 1700 local children across three school districts.
The 2019 Canadian Ski Championships will be held at the Nakkertok Nordic Centre, March 13 – 20, 2019. A two-day pursuit will lead off an action-packed week of domestic racing prior to the World Cup Finals slated for Quebec City.

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 club sponsor Cap-It Vernon. There are a few exciting new Season Pass options this year including an all-new FAMILY SNOWSHOE PASS for just $120 (for up to 4 Family Members). We can’t wait to see you out enjoying our ski, snowshoe and backcountry trails.

Skiing Season Pass Pricing: https://www.sovereignlake.com/season-passes-2/skiing-season-passes/

Snowshoeing Season Pass Pricing: https://www.sovereignlake.com/season-passes-2/skiing-season-passes/snowshoe-season-passes/

Register Here: https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=18415

 

Contact Troy Hudson (SLNC General Manager) for more information on any of our programs, season pass options or registration issues at [email protected] or (250) 558-8916.

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 train year round with this being the culminating event of the season. Despite being one of the smaller groups of athletes, this mighty and determined group of skiers displayed some excellent skiing and results over the week. The high school aged athletes train as part of the Snow Sports Academy, coached by Eric De Nys here in Vernon, while Hannah Mehain trains with the Okanagan Racers, a regional post-secondary team.

 Torin Andrews on a warm day at Nationals in ThunderBay, Ontario. 

To kick off the week Clara Hardy and Hannah Stocker, a German exchange student who skis with the Academy, competed in the Team Sprint event making it to the semi-finals but not advancing. The next race, a classic technique interval start was part one of a two part, Pursuit style race which would take place over two separate days. Hannah Mehain took the gold in her category the first day, while others having strong finishes were Paige Latta, 11th, Lucas Sadesky 17th, Torin Andrews 25th, and Hannah Stocker 30th. Start positions for the second race were determined by the results from race one, with each racer starting behind the leader according to the amount of time behind they finished the previous race, yet now on a different course and distance, using a different technique. The ensuing excitement and scramble for position at the start of day two races in the close categories, where racers had literally finished tenths of seconds apart on day one, was nail biting to watch. In the second leg of the race Paige Latta finished an excellent 7th, Clara Hardy 17, and Lucas Sadesky a strong 12th, with teammate Torin Andrews 21st in their category. Other strong finishes were seen from Mehain, in 17th and Ian Oliphant 22nd. In the two day event Latta held onto 7th, Mehain finished 12th, and Sadesky 13th.

Highlights from the very exciting Skate Sprint event, the second last event of the week, were Ian Oliphant taking 1st in the B final (7th overall), and Mehain with a bronze medal. The final event of the week was a longer distance classic technique race; Sovereign’s top skiers for that race were Mehain with another bronze, Latta 10th, and Sadesky 13th. Andrews showed great determination while having to ski a portion of that race with a broken pole.

The excellent overall performance of these skiers was evidenced in how they stacked up in the coveted aggregates awarded by birth year at the conclusion of the week. After recently being awarded with the first place aggregate in BC, Lucas Sadesky was 2nd overall at the National level for 2003 boys, Torin Andrews followed closely in 4th, as well as 3rd in BC. Hannah Mehain added another 3rd place award in this category, as well as 1st in the College and University aggregate category, while Latta finished 6th nationally after receiving 1st in BC, Oliphant 13, while 1st in BC, Hardy 15, while 3rd in BC, and Madison Land 28. One more athlete, Danica Ariano, a local biathlete who also trains with the Ski Academy is attending her national event in Charlo, New Brunswick March 20-25-good luck to her!