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

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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

 

SLNC WILL BE CLOSED ON DECEMBER 21ST.

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.

Sovereign is HIRING!

 

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is still looking for a few staff members at the club for the 2022-23 season. If you are interested in becoming part of the Sovereign staff family we would love to have a conversation with you.

Counter Staff Positions:  2 full-time / 1 part-time

S’Cool Ski Staff: We are seeking 2-3 part-time or full-time school ski program leaders.

 

Contact our Operations Manager, Wendy Shannon for more information at [email protected]

Prepare for Programs: 3 Pack Lesson

For those who want to learn how to ski or improve their skills for the upcoming season, we are offering a three-week program in December led by our highly skilled instructors. This will be a great introduction or refresher for the upcoming program season. This course will focus on the fundamentals of Skate and Classic technique while teaching or reviewing the skills of each.

Who is this program for?

Those who are signed up for either Masters XC or U35 and are wanting some pre-season help. You can be a total newbie or could benefit from a review of crucial concepts and fundamentals for skiing.

What are the Benefits?

More skiing!! Seriously, this will help lay the foundation for the remainder of the season with ski skills. Helps ease into the huge learning curve that is cross-country skiing, for those new to the sport. For those who need a refresher, it will help to get your ‘ski legs’ back before the busy holiday season.

When do we meet?

Wednesday’s 6-7:30 pm, December 7th, 14th and 21st. Meeting in the stadium in front of the tech building (the smaller green building with the time clock).

What are the fees?

Lesson Fee: $100

Rentals: $5

Night Trail Ticket: $10

Register through the Lodge at (250) 558-3036. 

And just like that… we are OPEN!

 

We have been waiting for this day for 6 long months. A summer of biking, hiking, swimming and paddling is over. It’s time to pull out those skis, grab those boots and find those poles. We are now open for the 2022-23 season!

Please note that our backcountry ski and snowshoe trails are not yet open. They will require more snow and inspection prior to opening to the public.

 

 

 

 

Early Bird Season Pass Sales Deadline: October 31st

 

Sovereign Lake Early Bird Season Pass and Programs Registrations end on October 31st, 2022. Get online and save today! All Youth and Adult Program registrations close on October 31st as well. Please check out the website for Program and Season Pass pricing details. We look forward to welcoming you this season.