Skills Development Program Coaching Refreshers

Skill Development Program Coaching Refreshers

Nov 20 (Sat): Track attack coaches
Nov 21 (Sun): Jack rabbit coaches
Dec 4 (Sat): Bunnies coaches

Both returning and new volunteer coaches for our three SDP programs are encouraged to attend the appropriate on-snow coaching refresher. Summer has been long, our minds aren’t necessarily coaching-fresh and our legs aren’t snow-ready. Come out and get your head back into the coaching mindset, learn new tips/tricks, help build confidence in your coaching, and receive a personal technique update just for yourself.

Duration: 90 mins
Where: Meet in front of the old lodge building
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
What will be covered: Program Practice Session (drills, skills, games, share ideas), Technique session, Equipment available, etc.
Registration: Email Andrew at [email protected]
Cost: Free to all volunteer coaches

SLNC Suspending Opening Day Until November 12th

NEWS RELEASE: November 4th, (7:30am)

SLNC is making the decision to suspend opening day until November 12th due to warm air temperatures and steady rain at our facility. 

PLEASE AVOID SKIING ON SLNC TRAILS UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE AS IT WILL CAUSE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO THE EXISTING SNOWPACK.

Any previously purchased day tickets for the coming week will be deferred to another date or fully refunded.

Please contact the office at (250) 558-3036 to make the appropriate arrangements.

Kindly,

SLNC Management

Ticket Sales Launch November 1st

 

Planning a visit to Sovereign Lake this November or December?

Why not pre-purchase your tickets online and save time at the ticket window. Sales for XC Skiing Morning and Afternoon Tickets go LIVE on November 1st. If you are planning to train early season as an individual or a group, make sure you check out our new 5 and 10 Time Prepaid Cards. These new RFID cards are not transferrable between family members and are assigned an RFID card that is reloadable.

Check out our RFID Questions and Answers page for more information.

Please remember that you MUST scan your pass daily at our ticket windows. Ski Tickets and Passes are being checked regularly by volunteers and staff members this season. 

We can’t wait to see you at Sovereign soon!

SLNC Programs Registration Closing November 15th

If you haven’t done so, please make sure that you are registered in our Youth and Adult Programs by the November 15th deadline. Many programs are already at capacity so don’t delay! Please remember to purchase your season pass at the same time as you must be a club member in order to participate in any club programming. Check out our e-store to purchase your passes and programs today.

For more information on our Youth Ski Programs, click HERE.

For more info on our Youth Biathlon Programs, click HERE.

For more info on our Adult Ski Programs, click HERE.

SLNC Bids Farewell to Head Coach Eric de Nys

On behalf of the Sovereign Lake Board, we would like to congratulate Eric De Nys on his new position as Next-Gen Coach with Nordic Canada. Eric is an exceptional coach and we have been fortunate to have experienced his knowledge, energy, and skills these past four years at SLNC.

As the SLNC Head Coach, Eric’s vision and passion has elevated our skiers and coaches at all levels, we have seen our Programs number grow year after year and our Nordic community has expanded.  We are a better Nordic Club because of Eric.

Eric will have a lasting impact on SLNC and will now go on to create an outstanding program as Nordiq Canada’s Next Gen coach, something that will benefit many skiers and coaches across Canada.  Nordiq Canada and all the Canadian U23 and Juniors are lucky to have his coaching talent.

You will be sadly missed at Sovereign Lake Nordic Club, and we are appreciative of your time with us.
We wish you all the best in your career and will see you on the trails.

The Sovereign Lake Board of Directors and Management Team

Note From Coach Eric

Greetings and NOT goodbye to my Sovereign Family.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the last four years with the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club.  I have had the opportunity to work with a talented, motivated, and dedicated group of athletes supported by an amazing parent group and an equally dedicated group of coaches.  It is because of all your efforts that we have been able to build the Sovereign Lake programs into what it is today.

From the nervous anticipation of that first-ever race to the exhilaration of a Youth Olympic Games and representing your country, we have a lot to be proud of and I hope that in my departure I leave behind a passion for excellence, a drive to be your best and an inherent love of Nordic skiing and the outdoors we can perform it in.  There are no limits to what we can achieve; we simply must set our minds to it and consistently put in the work.

As I transition to a new job, please know that it is NOT goodbye as I will be remaining in Vernon and continue to be an advocate for Sovereign Lake.  The jacket might change but the pursuit will remain the same.  I look forward to following the continued growth of the Sovereign Lake Nordic and continue to contribute where I can.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

See you on the trails!

Eric

SLNC Wins BC Parks Community Partner of the Year Award

 

PRESS RELEASE: June 1st, 2021

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club has just been named the recipient of the 2019-20 Community Partner of the Year Award by BC Parks, a recognition awarded once every two years. The Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy presented the club with the announcement earlier today. 

“BC Parks has always benefitted from the involvement of community partners to build the ongoing legacy of our parks and protected areas systems, one of the largest in North America. It is with great pleasure I am writing to inform you that you have been selected as BC Parks’ Community Partner of the Year for 2019/2020 as part of our biennial external awards program! Over the last 30 years, you have invested an incredible amount of time and energy at Silver Star Provincial Park. With genuine pride and passion, you have dedicated 14,000+ volunteer hours a year in benefit of the park and your community which shows your remarkable commitment to BC Parks. We applaud your contributions”. – The Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

 

As Sovereign Lake moves forward with major Strategic Planning Goals, including a commitment to sustainability, hosting of major races, construction of a new day lodge, and a commitment to provide living wages for all of its employees, SLNC is seeing tremendous growth and uptake in outdoor winter sports through the club. 

The Sovereign Lake Nordic Club thanks BC Parks for being recognized as BC Parks’ Community Partner of the Year for 2019 and 2020. Our partnership helps create one of the best places in North America to cross-country ski and snowshoe. By working together we provide exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone. It is a place to enjoy nature, be with family and friends, and improve our overall physical and mental health. Sovereign Lake was particularly important to people’s overall health during the last 15 months of the COVID pandemic. We look forward to many more years working in collaboration with BC Parks to provide outstanding opportunities for nordic skiing and snowshoeing. – Jeff Ward – SLNC Board Chair

 

As the club prepares for the 2021-22 season, having launched season pass and program sales on June 1st, this latest announcement of achievement is a lot to be proud of. We look forward to welcoming you this coming season with new exciting events and a return to more normal operations. 

 

Thank You for an Amazing Season!

And that’s a wrap!  We are so thankful for our amazing ski community this winter. There are so many new faces, and club members skiing more than they ever have before. We know that our facility was a saving grace for our community, keeping everyone safe, spaced, and healthy. Kudos go out to our amazing staff, volunteer committees, and Board Members for keeping Sovereign open for everyone to use this season.

The yellow gate will be locked effective Sunday evening so please park in the lower parking lot if you intend to ski more days on ungroomed trails this spring. Please recognize that the lodge is closed effective April 11th and there are no inside facilities or first aid available.

We can’t wait to see you in November! Season Passes and Programs Registrations go on sale June 1st.

All the best this spring.

Troy Hudson – SLNC General Manager

BC Family Weekend Ticket and Merch Discounts

We are excited to host our ski friends from throughout the Okanagan this weekend. As a thank you for playing local this winter we are offering a 15% discount on all day tickets Saturday through Monday. All skiing and snowshoe tickets MUST be purchased online. Use the Promocode BCFamilyDay21 for your discount when purchasing your tickets online HERE.

We also have a 20% off sale on all softgoods, waxes, and accessories now through Monday as well.

February Day Ticket Sales Now Open

As of today, you can now book your snowshoe and skiing day tickets for the month of February! Please remember to purchase an RFID if you intend to use our facility more than once as it will allow for quicker online sales service,  and scanning at our facility. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Visit our Estore HERE.

Kal Tire Provides Grant for New Rescue Toboggan

Thanks to a generous donation from Kal Tire, SLNC will be the recipient of a new Rescue Toboggan in early January.  This new toboggan will provide significantly more protection from the elements for patients and provides a jump seat for a first responder to travel directly with the patient to monitor their vitals and provide additional medical assistance should it be necessary during travel to our First Aid Room.

SLNC is also investing energy and staffing with more of a first aid presence to provide our customers with a high quality of care in case of an injury. As more and more people take up cross country skiing, the necessity for increased first aid presence grows.

Our number 1 priority is keeping our members and the public safe. This will be a great addition to our safety equipment.