It’s Snowing!!!!

Time to buy your Season Pass, sign up for Programs and wax up those skis because winter has arrived at Sovereign Lake. With snow expected a number of days in the coming week and cool daytime temperatures we hope that this snow is going to stick. Stay tuned for updates on opening day and make sure to watch the webcam and weather station.

Inventory is arriving daily, and we are repainting the entire lodge and hauling wood for a toasty warm winter.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Work Parties

 

Fall is here and it’s time for our annual Fall Work Parties. These two consecutive weekends of volunteering effort save our clubs a lot of money by helping to stack and split wood, brush and clean up trails as well as paint and stain our lodge and outbuildings.

Chris Collard, our Outside Lead, will be coordinating this year’s volunteer work days. Contact Chris to discuss availabilities and opportunities.

September 20: 

  • ACADEMY TEAM Wood Storage – Day Lodge

September 24-25:

  • Staining Old Lodge / Day Lodge
  • Building Maintenance
  • Brush Mowing Adjacent Buildings and possibly Gold Mountain
  • Garbage Pickup on Trails/Parking Lot/Stadium
  • Wood Splitting

October 1-2:

  • Day lodge Interior Painting
  • Building Maintenance
  • Sand and Stain downstairs tables, and benches in Day lodge.
  • Biathlon Building Stain
  • Brushing and Limbing Jessica’s Trail / Animal Trail

LUNCH IS PROVIDED BUT YOU MUST REGISTER ON THE VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION PAGE. 

https://sovereignlake.galaxydigital.com/need/

 

 

 

Deirdra (Holmwood) Frank Joins the SLNC Programs Family

 

Deirda grew up in Vernon skiing with her parents and has been part of the Sovereign Lake ski community for many years. She started out as an athlete on the cross country and biathlon teams, competing in numerous races and events as part of the SLNC Ski Team. Following her younger years of racing, she has worked at Sovereign instructing in our S’Cool Ski Program and as lodge front counter staff.

More recently, Deirdra was co-leader for two seasons on the growing WinterFit Program at Sovereign Lake. Deirdra’s love for this sport has only ever grown throughout the years. She has always wanted to combine sports with her business management degree. Deirdra is excited to start her new position as the Programs Administrator and Skill Development Programs Lead.

“Sovereign Lake is like a home away from home for me.”

Deirda will be starting her new position with the club on September 2nd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Roach Joins the SLNC Coaching Team as Masters Lead Coach

 

Jessica began her nordic ski career with Team Hardwood, based in Ontario and ended it as the top Ontario Senior Woman skier in the 2019/20 season. Following her successful ski racing career during high school and university, and being able to compete in Scandinavia and throughout North America, it was time to shift focus from competing to coaching. Having the mentorship of her coach Jack Sasseville, she always knew she wanted to give back to the sport by coaching. Once retiring from racing, Jessica moved to BC and was the Head Coach at Nickel Plate Nordic Center near Penticton for the past two years. This past season she also coached for TeamBC CCBC at the Canada B-Tour and US SuperTour in Lake Placid, New York and Craftsbury, Vermont.

While training in Ontario, the Master’s race team trained and raced alongside the younger athletes. With this unique experience and coaching the Master’s Team at Nickel Plate, it was clear that she loved working with Masters athletes. When the opportunity at SLNC was presented, she jumped at the chance!

“SLNC is a spectacular ski facility and community, not to mention an amazing surrounding area”.

Jessica loves all the biking and skiing that is so close by and cannot wait for the snow to start falling.

 

We are really excited to have Jessica join the Sovereign Coaching Team with her extensive racing experience and a keen interest in working with adult skiers on our new Masters Performance Group and Masters Race Team Programs. She will help oversee all Masters Development Programming with the club and act as the Master’s Lead Coach on our Programs Committee as the representative of nearly 300 adult program participants.

Welcome Aboard, Jessica!!!

 

 

 

 

 

The BeerCanBeiner Returns!

 

Welcome back Beer Aficionados! We are excited to present the 4th Annual BeerCanBeiner this coming February. If you joined us 3 years ago you will definitely agree that the bevvies were amazing and the atmosphere was fantastic. We had almost 120 skiers and beer samplers out on the night loops and we look forward to hosting you all again this season. We will be posting this year’s guest breweries shortly!

Now in its fourth 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 made by the Birkebeiner loyalists to save the infant heir to the Norwegian throneHåkon Håkonsson, in 1206.

Our event takes a slightly frothier route, travelling just over 5km under a headlamp to three rustic venues under the night sky. Sample craft beers from throughout the region and finish off with a coffee or hot chocolate at the lodge once complete.

Cost: $30 pp (Must be 19+)

Location: Sovereign Lake Nordic Club

Additional Info: Contact (250) 558-3036 or [email protected]

Date: February 4th, 2023

Time: Commences at 6:30 pm. Concludes at 9 pm

Registration in advance only. Must be 19+.

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