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Spring has Sprung!

 

Spring has sprung on the trails of Sovereign Lake with day time temperatures climbing above 10 degrees daily. With these changing conditions, we adjust our grooming plan to spend more time preparing trails in the late evening than in the early morning hours.

This groomer scheduling change makes it significantly easier on our grooming equipment, allowing us to groom softer snow instead of hard ice. This results in icy conditions first thing in the morning so we recommend that you delay skiing until 10am to avoid ice. Please use caution in the shaded areas as ice can persist later in the day.

Cooler temperatures are on the way that should allow us to get back to regular grooming schedules soon.

Snowshoe and Backcountry Trails are all open.

Don’t forget the sunscreen. It is glorious out there!!

Capital Gaming Grant Approved For $230,000 Towards SLNC New Snowcat

SLNC is excited to announce that we have been awarded a $230,000 Capital Projects Gaming Grants to be used towards the purchase of our new PB400 snowcat. This application was submitted last July and was recently attained after the second round of grants were awarded to 2018 grant applications.

These funds are allocated to the purchase of our new snowcat of which the club has already raised over $80,ooo in the last month and a half. This puts the club in a much better position to finance the remainder follow the addition of year-end profits to the purchasing fund.

There is still time to contribute to the purchase of this new machine. Follow THIS LINK to our donations page.

Sovereign Lake Nordic Nordic Club proudly acknowledges the financial support of the Province of  British Columbia via the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch. 

 

Sovereign Masters Athletes Harness the Norwegian Spirit at Masters World Championships 2019

The Masters High-Performance Group from SLNC has been preparing to race at the Masters World Cup 2019 in Norway over the last 2 seasons. With the expert guidance from our Program Director, Eric de Nys, and the disciplined approached by our skiers we’ve exceeded all expectations.


23 Sovereign skiers joined forces with 31 other BC skiers and 50 more from other parts of Canada to make up the largest Canadian contingent on record to attend these games. The Canadian group represents an age spread of 40 years and many more years of ski racing experience.

The trip began with 8 of our skiers spending a week at altitude in Italy. We stayed at Seiser Alm – a ski resort known by National team skiers as the place for acclimatizing before big race series. We had such a relaxing ski experience that it
was actually hard to leave. Good skiing, beautiful scenery and very warm temperatures.

Our larger group of skiers met up on March 4th in Oslo and then boarded buses and travelled to Beitostolen where the Master’s is being held. This quintessential Norwegian community is situated at the base of a huge plateau with mountain ranges in the background. Skiing goes on forever – the touring is so inviting that it’s hard to remain focused on the race course when so many unexplored kilometres lay outside the doorstep of the hotel. Many of our group has expressed the desire to return and enjoy what this area has to offer.


The racing hasn’t disappointed. The Sovereign group travelled with a wax team – Mike Bell and Joel Knoff. These two guys have worked early mornings and late evenings to ensure the ski group had fast skis when it was their turn to fly around the course. Our skiers commented on the fact that these were the fastest skis they’d ever been on. There’s nothing quite like tucking down a hill and passing other competitors on the glide.
The goal of competing, as a Master’s athlete, is “personal improvement” – to ski faster today than you would have without all the training, coaching and support. Everyone met that goal – and everyone feels like they’ve earned a personal victory. It’s truly motivating to ski against your own age group from Nordic countries around the world and share in the competitive spirit.


The MWC has 2 races left in their schedule as I write this note. Both 30km classic and 30 km skate will happen in the final 2 days of our stay in Beitostolen and then a smaller group is off to participate in the famous Norwegian Birkiebeiner. The Canadian Team has also received top honours from the Organizing Committee here in Beitostolen for Team Spirit, our new Race Suits, as well as great performances.

 

To stay up to date with our Masters across the pond in the temple of Cross Country Skiing by visiting their Masters World Cup 2019 Facebook Page. 

-Article submitted by Pat Pearce

2019 BC Teck Midget Championships record attendance in Vernon

In a day of age where marketing, cell phones and screen time are winning the attention of our youth, it was incredible to see over 250 young inspired athletes come out to enjoy a sport they love so much.  Combine these athletes with the crowds cheering and volunteers in full force, Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre was bursting at its seams Feb 16-17th, 2019.
 
This cross country skiing event is very special and is different from most. It caters to youth ages 9-12 and encompasses a day of 2km classic races followed by a hilarious costume team relay, where glitter, wigs and moustaches on little people run wild, and another day of several dozen  300m skate sprint races. On Saturday evening the entire Priest Valley gymnasium filled up for the event banquet which included not only a delicious taco bar, prizes, and awards, but added entertainment from a local favourite band playing the hit “Veganism”. The kids got to let loose after a day of fitness and fun, dance and get a little wild. They look forward to this event year after year and it is the pinnacle of fun and friendly competition during the ski season. Families, coaches, friends and neighbours come far and wide from across BC and Washington State to partake in the spectacle.
  
Countless lifetime memories are created at these events. Canadian National ski team athlete Julien Locke was there training, watching and handing out awards, and mentioned, BC Midget Championships was his “first ever provincial race”, “a pretty big day for me”. That coming from an elite Canadian athlete who won 1st place in the US national championships this year means a lot for the significance of these events.
 
I must say that Saturday’s weather at the event was gorgeous, making it very easy and inviting to have fun in the elements. Sunday, the mercury dropped and, in spite of this,  the large group of kids racing, parents and volunteers came together in community spirit to warm up the day. Smiles were everywhere, the chalets fireplaces were stoked, fresh hot soup and beverages were in abundance.

Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre is a world-renowned cross country ski facility for all to enjoy, just 25 minutes from downtown Vernon.  Cross country skiing and Youth ski programs have seen growing attendance and popularity this year. Many of our youth and parents are seeing the value and benefits of this healthy lifestyle that cross country skiing promotes. We encourage you to come out for some fresh air and fitness with us.

Submitted by  Damian Pighin (SLNC Track Attack Lead Coach)

A Pirates Life for Us

Avast ye scurvy landlubbers!!!

 

With all the hubbub surrounding the Vernon Winter Carnival Pirate Theme this year, we figured that we best step up to the bowsprit and host our very own Pirate themed event for our members and the public. With a reduced amount of volunteers available to help run the Tips Up Cup it was decided to axe the event before Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Some programs parents, however, hopped right in to ensure that we could host a fun club event that day and with about 10 volunteers, they held a fantastic little ski race for the kids that will be attending the Teck BC Midget Championships next weekend. It was open to all programs kids and the turnout was fantastic!

 

 

 

 

 

Program parents hosted a great BBQ that raised over $700 for Skill Development Programs. There was no fee for the race in the morning and many of the kids stuck around for the Jess4Kids Team Challenge afterwards, keeping the fun rolling for another hour and a half.

 

 

 

 

The Jess4Kids Team Challenge is always a great addition to the events of the day and the Winter Carnival as a whole. Dedicated the memory of Jessica Eaman, a wonderful former coach and club member, it is an opportunity for friends of Jessica’s, as well members of the public to help promote the cause and donate to the Jessica Eaman Ski Scholarship Fund.

 

 

 

 

This initiative was created by a dedicated group of friends that would make skiing available to any child, regardless of their socio-economic status to enjoy Sovereign Lake and the great outdoors. Each year the Jess4Kids Fund provides skiing and snowshoeing opportunities to over 300 kids who otherwise could not afford it. This is an integral component of our S’Cool Ski Program. We raised over $3000 during the event. Thank you so much to all who donated to the event!

 

 

 

The Team Challenge consisted of relay teams of four that each took turns racing around two courses. The ski course was located on Wylies Loop, and the snowshoe course went through our recently reopened Animal Trail adjacent the stadium. Thanks so much to everyone who came out and participated!!

BeerCanBeiner Success!

When one thinks of Sovereign Lake you rarely think Brew Pub but on February 6th we transformed the downstairs of the lodge, the old day lodge and the race office into three micro-breweries showcasing boutique brews from Iron Road (Kamloops), Taylight Brewing (Port Coquitlam) and Whitetooth Brewery (Golden).

 

Iron Road Brewery showcasing some beauties. Their IPA is the bomb! 

As the clock struck 7 pm hoards of skiers and beer lovers launched into the lodge in anticipation of trying 3oz samplers of 12 unique frothy beverages. From Lagers to Porters event goers were treated to some exceptional tasting bevvies.

 

 

 

Taylight Brewery showing off their delicious Root Beer Porter.

This is the second running of the BeerCanBeiner event, an homage to the Norwegian Birkenbeiner Ski Race which is hosted annually with an excess of 10,000 skiers. While we were a few shy of 10,000, we did have almost 80 hearty cold-loving skiers from throughout the community join us. With temperatures dipping to -20 by event time were worried that we should have postponed but only 3 people did not show up out of 82.

 

 

 

 

Jenn Hyde reps Whitetooth Brewery for the evening. The LaunchPad Rye Ale was a standout that evening. 

We are so pumped with the great response to the event this year that we are already chatting about next years event. If you are a beer fan and didn’t attend, we will most definitely run the BeerCanBeiner again in 2020. Huge thanks go out to our volunteers, staff, beer vendors and guests for making this event such a good one. For the three weather wimps…you sure missed out.

 

 

To check out the full selection of beers that were being poured go check out the event page HERE. If you want to see more of these events happen then get ahold of us and bring your idea to fruition. We are always looking at ways to bring more fun to the club and no one will argue that this was a super fun night under the lights of Sovereign.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

NorAm Weekend: Volunteers made it Super

US rising star Julia Kern leads two-time Canadian Olympian Dahria Beatty over the bridge in Saturday's sprint.
Rising US star Julia Kern (bib 101) and two-time Canadian Olympian Dahria Beatty (right) lead the pack over the bridge in Saturday’s sprint. (Photo: Peggy Hung)

Sovereign Lake hosted a major cross country skiing event last weekend, thanks to more than 100 volunteers who put in the time and effort to create a successful race weekend for hundreds of visiting racers.

The NorAm series is one step below the World Cup and is used to qualify racers to move up to the World Cup, the World Championships, and the national team. The US SuperTour series is the same level, but for American racers.

Both series came to Sovereign Lake last weekend, along with every top skier in North America. 8 PyeongChang Olympians were spotted on the trails, among the 450 skiers who raced each day. Athletes from Alaska, Québec, Vermont, California, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Alberta made their way onto the podium, while over 200 young BC skiers got to ski the same courses as the top stars.

Want to know more about the races and what the athletes thought about their visit to our trails? FasterSkier was covering the event and has video interviews and photo galleries here.

This event helps develop young athletes, earns money for the club, and attracts interest from cross country skiers all over North America. Without our volunteers, none of this would be possible.

The event features future Olympians too. Since 2002, every Canadian who has raced at the Olympics raced at Sovereign Lake first. (Photo: Kent Murdoch)