Four of our current or alumni Biathletes are heading overseas to compete at the Youth Olympic Games and the Youth World Championships the next two months. These prestigious events are just one step below the Senior World Cup program and for these kids, it is a dream come true. Two of our Junior Biathletes are also headed to the BC Winter Games in February.
The 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games take place in Lausanne, Switzerland next week and bring over 1800 athletes from around the world in numerous sporting events, featuring the best young athletes in the world. These Olympics feature all the pomp and circumstance of the big show. Sovereign athletes Ethan Algra and Lucas Sadesky make up a third of the entire team attending the races which take place over 13 days with 81 different competitions through the various sports. HUGE CONGRATS YOU TWO!!!
Lucas Sadesky and Ethan Algra spend one last session in the biathlon range before setting off for Switzerland on Monday.
Cole Bender (from Burns Lake) but training with SLNC this season, will be representing Canada at the Youth World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland from Jan 20-Feb 4th along with Sovereign’s very own Danica Ariano who now trains at the Nationals Training Centre in Canmore with the Biathlon Alberta Training Centre. We are super proud of these great athletes.
Cole Bender, Ethan, and Lucas together in the new Biathlon Range up at Sovereign Lake.
Sovereign athletes Ethan Algra and Danico Ariano following a successful race day in Canmore, Alberta last winter.
Not to be outdone by the senior athletes our young team of Isabella Pighin and Luca Ariano will be representing zone 2 at the BC Winter Games in Fort St. John from Feb 19-22. They will be joined by Camille Hanry (former SLNC athlete) and Timur McNern from Telemark to complete the Okanagan Zone 2 Team. Good luck and do the SLNC Plaid proud!!
Isabelle Pighin, Cole, Ethan, Lucas and Luca Ariano join the fun setting their own sights on the BC Winter Games next month.
Thanks to the generous donations of our patrons on Christmas day we were able to raise almost $3000 for the 4th Annual Xmas Day Food Bank Fundraiser. All proceeds from ticket sales and member donations went towards the Salvation Army House of Hope to help provide food to those in need throughout the winter season. This donation almost doubled our $1642 from last year. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season and all the best in the new year.
The Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) hosted two instructor courses this past weekend at Sovereign Lake training 20 new CANSI Level 1 and 2 Instructors. These instructors are taking part in our Masters Ski Programs as well as with our Ski School for teaching lessons to members and the general public. Congrats to all our successful candidates.
Join us Sunday, December 15th, for a wonderful evening with old and new friends to celebrate the holiday season. The lodge will stay open from 5pm to 8pm, with our potluck dinner taking place at 6pm. Stay for a ski afterward under the lights and stars. This is a Family Event for all. Bring a shareable menu item (with ingredients list) and a musical instrument! Coffee and hot chocolate will be served.
Mark your calendars!
There is exciting news in the Vernon ski community this morning as it was just announced that Silverstar Mountain Resort has been purchased by POWDR Corporation, a Utah based mountain lifestyle company that aims to maintaining and grow ski culture versus simply the selling of real estate.
It has been confirmed with Silverstar that this change in ownership will not affect Dual Area Passholders and that all existing agreements and partnerships will carry forward through the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
This is a fun, low key celebration of skiing and a kick-off to the season using Skating technique
$5 entry fee gets participants a race with a bib, a time, potential draw prize, some pizza and a beverage- all under the lights-no headlamp needed.
5:30 Registration opens (course marked and ready for training by this time)
6:15 Registration closes
6:30 Race starts (approximately 5-7km of racing or 20min)
7:30 -Draw prizes and presentations in the lodge with pizza and social
-Q and A with National Ski Team
8:30-9:00 Hope to have everything wrapped up
-National Ski Team athletes and Coaches to be present throughout the evening. Potential that athletes may race or participate.
SLNC is proud of the efforts put forth November 8-11th to ensure that 95 of our up and coming BC athletes and 20 of the provinces coaches had the best possible skiing conditions, a warm lodge and ski storage capabilities despite what nature threw at us.
The camp ended with fitter, albeit a little tired, but extremely happy athletes. Special thanks to our grooming team and new staff members for keeping the facility going prior to our official opening.
It’s with a sense of pride that I am happy to belong to the Sovereign family but in the larger scope, we all belong to the XC Family which is what makes this sport so awesome!
Eric de Nys (SLNC Programs Director / CCBC Fall On-Snow Camp Leader)
SLNC will be open for the season effective Wednesday, November 13th at 8:30 am. We intend to be grooming with the PB 400 snowcat on Passmore, Wylies Loop, World Cup, and possibly Aberdeen.
Welcome back to another great season! We will be processing season passes out of the lodge for the remainder of the season.
All SLNC Trails are closed effective immediately until further notice with no exceptions as we are trying to preserve the minimal amount of snow we have for the coming weekend. We will be opening Aberdeen as well as the Repeater Rd for the BC Ski Team Camp (and public). We kindly request that all users respect our request and avoid skiing until the weekend. A notice will be posted this afternoon down at the lower parking lot.
Due to a high-pressure cell hanging over the Southern Interior, we have not received any additional snowfall this past week to allow for opening. Roughly 15km of trails have been packed but lack sufficient snow depth for our opening trails to the public. Many areas are very shallow with stubble from fall brushing. The gate will remain closed until opening next week. Do a snow dance for us!