Stay Safe And Avoid Unnecessary Travel At This Time

 

With the travel advisory issued by Dr. Bonnie Henry on November 19th, we are requesting that people from outside the Okanagan region stay home at this time and limit any unnecessary travel as directed by the PHO.

To view the latest travel restrictions please check out the BC Governments Health Advisory page HERE. This restriction is in effect until December 7th.

If you are unable to come to Sovereign this winter we are honouring all pass refunds. If you are purchasing day tickets please be cognizant of these new rulings and book no more than a week from your visit as we do not refund day tickets.

 

Call for Volunteer Ski Hosts

With our new pass scanning technology, we have had a couple of our members volunteer to scan passes with our hand scanners out in the parking lot entrance and out front of the lodge. This is a great opportunity to meet more members, and help us to keep traffic moving much more quickly. We are looking for people to do 2 hr shifts between 9 and 2pm, Friday through Sunday and over the Xmas Holidays every day.

Contact Troy Hudson, General Manager, at [email protected] if you would be interested in more information.

It’s Official…We are opening this Friday!!

 

With a good snowstorm overnight we have been able to pack a substantial amount of trails to open for Friday morning at 9am for Season Pass Holders. As we continue to receive more precipitation we will be able to open more trails so please be patient.

Review our Covid Precautions & Procedures Page before your first visit of the season to familiarize yourself with the new protocols in place. Also, check out our Season Pass Q&A page along with the Day Ticket Q&A page if you are a guest.

Opening Schedule of events

Season Pass Holder Opening Day Friday, November 13th
Ski Day Ticket Holder Opening Day Monday, November 16th
Night Skiing Opening Date Tuesday, November 17th
Snowshoe Pass and Ticket Holder Opening Friday, November 27th

 

Online Day Tickets Are Now Available

 

We are excited to announce that we have opened our Online Day Ticket Sales Portal.

Please note that ALL snowshoe, day ski, and night ski tickets will be sold exclusively online this winter.

There are no day ticket refunds so please do not book tickets more than 15 days in advance. We have only open ticket sales through to the end of December. We will launch the January through April Ticket Sales on December 15th, 2020.

Opening Dates:

  • Ski Day Use opens Monday, November 16th. (Please note that tickets for January through April do not open for sale until December 15th. Thank you.)
  • Snowshoe Day Use opens Friday, November 27th (or sooner if snow levels suffice). 

 

PURCHASE DAY TICKETS

Day Ticket Purchasing Resources

For an overview of our new Day Ticket Purchasing and pick up procedures, please read the Day Ticket Q&A

Planning to come to Sovereign Lake more than once this year? An explanation of the benefits of purchasing an RFID Card Upgrade can be found HERE.

 

 

 

SLNC Opening Delayed

Due to an unfortunate amount of rain and warm temperatures this past week we regret to inform our members and the public that there will be no skiing at Sovereign for the foreseeable future until we have sufficient snowfall.  As soon as we have 15cm of packed snow we will open for operations.

We are also suspending our day ticket launch until we can confirm an opening date to reduce the number of refunds required.

Thank you for your patience.

 

Troy Hudson (General Manager)

Register by October 31st to win a $1000 Shopping Spree!

If you haven’t purchased your new 2020-21 season pass yet this sure is an amazing incentive!

All season pass registrants who have purchased passes between June and October 31st will be entered into this great early bird grand prize giveaway by Stussi Sport. Stussi is a HUGE supporter of our club and we figured what better incentive for cross country skiers than $1000 to spend in the Okanagan’s #1 Nordic Shop.

Thanks, Stussi for your donation and ongoing support!

Now… start dreaming about how you will spend your thousand bucks.

If you haven’t already done so, click on the link below to purchase your 2020-21 season passes today.

Skiing Season Passes

AGM Registration

AGM registration deadline has been extended to October 18th at 8 pm.

The board of directors invites club members to join the annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, Oct 21st, 2020 at 7:00 pm PT.

To continue to encourage safety for our members, volunteers and staff we will be using an online platform for the AGM. To allow us to coordinate and prepare for the meeting you will need to register in advance. Please use the link below to register.

REGISTER NOW

The AGM meeting package and details will be sent out to registrants on October 15th.

To attend, you must be 19 or older by December 31st, 2020 and have been a 2019-2020 season pass holder or have purchased a season pass on or before Sept 21st, 2020.

Thanks, and we look forward to your attendance!

Save the Date – AGM and Elections

The Annual General Meeting and the election of Board members will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 PM Pacific time.   This year’s AGM will be held virtually and you MUST pre-register in order to attend. You will receive instructions in October.

Run for the Board – The deadline to apply is September 30th. 
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 what it takes to be a great Board member, be sure to put your name forward!

The main requirement to be a Board member is a commitment to Sovereign Lake, an ability to spend 8-12 hours per month on Board activities including a once-per-month Board meeting, and the willingness to commit to a 2-year term on the Board.  New Board members must attend an orientation session during the first month. The Board makes a wide range of decisions on behalf of the club. Check out past meeting minutes to get an idea of what’s involved. For the term ahead, the board requires people with skills in HR, Fundraising, and Volunteer Coordination.

The nominations deadline is 11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 30th.
Nominations and applications will not be accepted after the stated deadline.  (Note:  The deadline is a little earlier than in the past year, so we have time to organize the virtual meeting and electronic election).

To put your name forward, please complete a brief bio (items to include are listed below) and email it to the Chair of the SLNC Election Committee – Kim Taylor. Bios will be posted on the SLNC website at least 5 days prior to the AGM. Complete details concerning the nomination process, information about the Board and the election process are found below in this message.  If you have any questions or need further information, please contact any one of us at the emails below.

Your 2020 SLNC Election Committee
Kim Taylor (Chair) – [email protected]
Doug Geller – [email protected]
Randy Savoie – [email protected]

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nomination Deadline:  11:59 PM on Wednesday, September 30th
Nominations will not be accepted after this time.

Virtual AGM and Election Date:  Wednesday, October 21st at 7 PM (PST).

Who Can Vote and Run:

Current SLNC Annual Members in good standing. A member in good standing is defined as anyone who had a valid Season Pass during the 2019-20 season over the age of 18, or a new member who purchases their 2020-2021 membership at least 30 days prior to the 2019 AGM. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by December 31, 2020.) See below for a link to the 2020-21 Membership Registration Page.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Time Commitment:

http://www.sovereignlake.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Duties-and-Responsibilities-of-the-Board-of-Directors-1.pdf 

Required Nomination Bio Information: 

  1. Why are you interested in running for the Board?
  2. What would make you a valuable member of the Board?
  3. Is there anything else you would like to share with the SLNC membership in considering you for a Board position?
  4. Name and email address of two SLNC members in good standing who are willing to nominate you.  Alternatively, state that you would like the Elections Committee to nominate you.
  5. A photo in jpeg format.

The number of Board openings in this election:  Six (6).

Terms are expiring for Lynn Algra, Pat Pearce, Cor Smit, and Brian Wills, with Anja Lee stepping down. These directors are eligible to run again if they wish.  In addition, there was one vacancy on the Board, bringing the total number of openings to six.

Board Members continuing for the second year of their 2-year terms:  Marcus Boyle, Sandra Ecclestone, Tara Fulop Conner, Hugh Seaton.

Length of Board Terms:  2 years.

Election process:

If more than 6 nominations are received the election will take place electronically.  Candidate bios will be circulated in advance, and candidates will present themselves briefly during the online AGM. If a candidate cannot be present, his/her bio will be read aloud by one of the Elections Committee members. If 5 or fewer nominations are received, the Board will be appointed by acclamation.  More information can be found regarding the election process in the SLNC By-Laws Section 4.7 http://www.sovereignlake.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/SLNC-Bylaws-Jan-2017.pdf

Additional Information on Club Governance:

Scroll to the bottom of the SLNC website and see the headings under “Club”. You can link to information about the current Board, Board meeting minutes, procedures, terms of reference, strategic plan, and other related topics.

BC Parks Are Once Again Open

We are so excited to hear that SilverStar Provincial Park is back open to the public. While there is still snow on the ground on most trails, mountain bike and hiking season is just around the corner! There have been a few intrepid explorers still out on skis. We just want to impart the necessity to continue to social distance, recreate in family groups and if you see any litter please pick it up and place it into one of our waste bins. This park belongs to us all and we need to take care of it together.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Call for Volunteer Groomers

Sovereign is seeking a couple of individuals that can assist with small trail grooming and freshening up of trails with our tracked Quads and Ginzu groomers. If this sounds like something that would interest you please reach out to SLNC General Manager for more details. Training is provided. Thanks!