Ages: 19+

Masters XC

Welcome to our Adult Cross Country Ski Program – Masters XC for the 2024/25 season!

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club offers a cross country ski program for adults 19 years and over. The program is designed to allow participants to share the joy of skiing with other skiers of similar abilities and interests. By listening to participants over the last 10-plus years, the program has become a successful blend of an opportunity for improving ski technique and building fitness and community. The atmosphere is relaxed, social, and fun. Led by an established group of qualified volunteer leaders, this program aims to provide a space for learning and covering distance on the trails. Participants can choose to ski classic or skate at three different skill levels each month.

The program runs two mornings per week, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., on Thursday and Sunday. On both days, there is an option to gather for refreshments after each session. A Thursday night session is available for those who cannot attend the Thursday morning session. Night sessions start at 6:00 p.m. and wrap up at 7:30 p.m. The lodge is open until 8:00 p.m.

The program has 4 four-week sessions. Each session includes tips and tricks for 20-30% of the time and a social ski. Participants can choose to register for one month or up to all four months, with savings for signing up for three months at the time of registration. Participants can also choose to register for one or two days a week. Any sessions missed by participants will not be compensated or rescheduled. Sessions cancelled by SLNC due to cold weather will be rescheduled later in the season as possible; if it is not possible, there will be no refunds issued. The sessions will run as follows:

  • November 28, 2024-December 22, 2024, 4 sessions Thursday nights only from 6:00-7:30pm.
  • January 2, 2025-January 26th, 2025, 8 sessions per month if two days are chosen or 4 sessions per month if choosing to come one day a week.
  • January 30, 2025-March 2, 2025, 8 sessions per month if two days are chosen or 4 sessions per month if choosing to come one day a week.
  • March 7th, 2025- March 31st, 2025, 8 sessions per month if two days are chosen or 4 sessions per month if choosing to come one day a week.


Note: The night sessions are mainly skate-skiing lessons. If 5 or more participants are interested in classic technique, we will offer a classic group. The night sessions are run on the night loops at Sovereign Lake Nordic Club.

This is not a drop-in program; anyone participating must be registered for that month and that session date.

The program is best suited to skiers who are minimally able to ski 4 kilometres in 40 minutes on flat to gently rolling terrain (think Woodland Bell for those who have skied at Sovereign). If you have an injury or something has happened that makes you unable to participate in Masters XC, please email the Master’s Coordinator to inquire about a refund.

While not for absolute beginners, the Master’s XC program caters to relatively new through to advanced skiers. It is recommended that you have skied for a season or two before joining this group.

Other adult programs are also available:

Sounds like a good program for you? Here’s how to register in two easy steps:

Step 1: Decide if you meet the minimum ski requirements for the adult cross-country ski program (able to ski 4 kilometers in 40 minutes on flat to gently rolling terrain). If you are unsure and would like to discuss this with a program organizer, please contact: Programs Admin at [email protected]

Step 2: Complete 4 short questions when registering that will help the program organizers form starting ski groups and match groups with suitable volunteer leaders.

What happens next?

You will receive confirmation of your registration and payment. At least two weeks before the start date of the program you will receive information about the starting ski groups and what will happen on the first day.

Thank you for considering this program; it’s a gem and we look forward to welcoming you to it!





Meeting Place: Sovereign Lake Stadium in front of the Tech Building

When: 1 or 2 days per week options. Thursday Morning 10:00-12:00 or Thursday Night 6:00-7:30; Sunday Morning 10:00-12:00


Cost: Still to be board approved

Available Spaces: 200 for day sessions; 50 for night group

Ski Ability: Be able to ski 4 km in 40 minutes

Group Descriptions:


  • Novice:  You have a basic fitness level and meet the minimum ski requirement (able to ski 4 kilometres in 40 minutes on flat to gently rolling terrain, for example, Woodland Bell). You want people to ski with and some tips to get you moving more efficiently.
  • Intermediate: You’ve been cruising around the green and blue ski trails for a season or so. You can ski uphill and downhill on easy terrain and can ski the equivalent of going to Sovereign’s Black Prince Cabin and back (5 km round trip). You want to refine and increase your skiing skills to gain confidence and explore more challenging trails.
  • Advanced: You are a fit and fast advanced skier looking for the next level of efficiency. You are ready and able to work hard.

Apres Ski: We are back in the lodge but moving downstairs for our after-session treat and hot drink social. Would love some volunteers to be able to help set up before the practice sessions.

Program Details

November 28th, 2024- December 19th, 2024 (Thursday night sessions only)

January 2nd 2025- January 26th 2025

January 30th, 2025- March 2nd, 2025

March 7th, 2025- March 31st 2025

Sessions per Week
Thursday Morning 10:00-12:00 or Thursday Night 6:00-7:30 and Sunday 10:00-12:00
Length of Session
2 hours
Registration Deadline
October 30, 2024


Amy Philipson Andrew Dunphy
Barb Riley Brain Wills
Deb Hunter Donna Hanson
Euna Kang
Franziska Plummer
Gerry Brenerman
Gerry Furseth
Jason Sieg
Johanna Tul
Karen Evans
Karen Wolfe
Kate Ellis
Lynne Mutrie
Marcus Boyle
Marshall Moleschi
Murrary Wood 
Peggy Hung
Rick Plovie Rick Vaughan
Rob Oxenham Stephanie Hendy
Trevor Zahara Ward Strong
Tracy Kelly










What is SLNC Masters about?

Group-based social skiing with varying degrees of structured skill development.  

It’s summed up in the three Fs

Fitness: you don’t have to be very fit to join Masters but participation will help you to raise the bar.

Form: you will learn to ski more efficiently.

Friendly: all happens in a friendly environment.

What it’s not

It is not a boot camp, as in rigorous and intense training sessions.
See our Masters Training Group if you are looking for a higher level of training

Goals of the SLNC Masters Program

  • To provide structure and support whereby club members have the means to raise their level of fitness and improve their skiing proficiency.
  • To provide support for those who want to compete
  • Keep all participants informed of events and activities
  • SLNC Masters is still the best program for the money in the country, bar none.
  • The program is club and membership-based, organized and delivered by club members.
  • Technical support for certain sessions will be led by the head coach

New Initiatives 

  • To encourage recreational club skiers to participate in SLNC Masters.
  • To provide small group tips and tricks sessions.
  • To organize social events eg. potlucks
  • Goal setting and training for competitive skiers on key events.

General Questions

What would happen if people joined and were not able to meet the minimum requirements?

You will be refunded and that money can be used towards getting either private or group lessons through the lodge.