Ages: 30+

Masters XC



Update September 22/21:

Registration for this program is now closed.

Masters XC has reached maximum number of participants for the 2021/2022 season with over 250 registrants.

Sign up to be put on the wait list – We will contact you if additional spaces become available.

Covid Resources for Programs

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is excited to offer the ever popular Masters Program once again for the 2021/22 season.

This program is organized and lead in large part by our team of volunteer coaches.

The goal of the program is to introduce Adults (30+) to the joys of cross-country skiing through a social, organized support network.

The program is only $100! About the same price as a single private lesson.  

This program runs 3x/week times per week as indicated on the included calendar and is open to all abilities.

Participants can expect warming up, receiving some technical pointers and breaking in to smaller groups to head out onto the trails for a ski while working on the technical pointers of the day.  Meet back at the lodge for coffee and treats (depending on covid restrictions).

If you are looking for a program that’s more performance focused check out our Masters High Performance program

Masters XC Program requirements

  • All participants MUST have previous skiing experience and be able to glide on their skis. Take some lessons with our knowledgeable instructors and then get involved with Masters XC if you’re new to skiing and want to be apart of the Masters XC group.
  • MUST be SLNC Season Pass Holders.

3 weekly sessions available starting Thursday December 2, 2021

  • Sunday Morning (10:00am-12:00pm)
  • Thursday Mornings (10:00am-12:00pm)
  • Thursday Evenings (6:30-8:00pm) Led by a top instructor.

If you have questions regarding this program please contact our Program Coordinator for more information. If registration is giving you challenges, click the FAQ tab (above) and scroll to the bottom.

Pat Van Mullem

Masters Coordinator

Email:  Pat

Personal goals for masters program
To maintain the momentum of SVLNC Masters going through this difficult pandemic, provide our masters members a place to safely enjoy the companionship and social interaction of friends while enjoying our sport for fitness and exercise while maybe even improve their xc skills a little.

Sovereign Masters XC promotes the joy of skiing, building friendships, and adding to one’s skiing skills in a fun social group setting. Masters XC is a successful blend of improving technique and building fitness in a relaxed atmosphere of fun, fitness, and camaraderie.

Skills and expertise

  • XC Ski Certified Instructor CANSI, PSIA, USSA
  • Instructor and coach in sports for 47 years
  • Instructor Trainer and Instructor Course Director Scuba Diving
  • Chocolate connoisseur

Interests and hobbies (other than skiing)
SCUBA Diving, Flying little airplanes , Backpacking, Woodworking, Fitness,

Enschede in the Netherlands

Why Sovereign is my go to ski destination
Cyndy and I chose Sovereign and SilverStar as our happy place after coming here for ski camp 20 years ago & fell in love with the area. SLNC has great snow, great trails, good skiers, but mostly, what makes this a special place for me, is a very active and vibrant xc community. Maybe a lot of local skiers are not aware of this but after having traveled to a number of world class ski destinations, Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is world class and when combined with SilverStar is hard to beat anywhere. This is where we chose to live during the winter and love every minute of being here.

Favorite trail
Silver Queen

Skookum Leaders

Skate Development with possible classic technique time, newer skiers, for anyone focused on fundamentals

Maura McCarthy

Harry Doering

Mike van Oorschot

Tom Hughes

Dugald Dunlop

Neil Hendry

Michael Wuthrich

Pat Van Mullem


Donna Hansen

  • Favourite Trails: Silver Queen
  • Years Coaching: Newbie in skiing, 34+ years in other sports
  • Why Coach: To help other beginning masters enjoy the pleasures of skiing, keep learning and assist other leaders
  • Favourite food: Sushi 1st, dark chocolate 2nd
  • Words of Wisdom: Fall down seven times, get up eight

Cynthia Flores

Level I USSA Coach, Level I CANSI Coach

  • Favorite Trail: Passmore to Carl Wylie loop
  • Years Coaching: 7
  • Why Coach?: I love watching newer skiers fall in love with the sport, to see their breakthroughs and smiles.
  • Favourite Food? Sushi
  • Words of Wisdom: Life’s too short.  Be joyful!

Rob Oxenham

CANSI Level 1

  • Favorite trail: I like them all
  • Years Coaching: 1 year
  • Why Coach : I love helping others improve and gain confidence in their ability.
  • Favorite food: NS lobster
  • Words of Wisdom: “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right” – Napoleon Hill

Peggy Hung


  • Favorite Trail: The Zumas
  • Years Coaching: 4 years
  • Why Coach?: I love seeing people being active outdoors, regardless of age or ability.  This is my way to encourage the community to XC ski and realize that it’s not as hard as they think.
  • Favourite Food? Salmon
  • Words of Wisdom: Progression, not perfection.

Karen Evans


  • Years Coaching: 15+ in cross country and downhill skiing
  • Why Coach?: It is fun! A great way to share a love of skiing and the outdoors.
  • Words of Wisdom: We only have today. Be out there.

Greyhound Leader

Skate, faster paced, fewer stops


Kathrine (Kate) Ellis

USSA level II

  • Favorite Trail: From the Summit, down Upper Paradise to Comin’ Round the Mountain, to Lars Taylor Way , ending up at Black Prince Cabin. Yahoooo!
  • Years Coaching: 22 years
  • Why Coach?: Skiing is pure joy. I hope to pass on my knowledge so others can experience that.
  • Favourite Food? Anything except Liver.
  • Words of Wisdom: Don’t wait.

Marcus Boyle (occasionally assist)

Social Ski leader

Social touring with a focus on building endurance, possible mix Classic/Skate technique – Sunday only

Brian Wills

  • Favorite Trail: I like them all
  • Years Coaching : Skiing for 67+ years
  • Why Coach: I like to support successful programs like Masters
  • Favorite Food: Berry Crumble
  • Words of Wisdom : Tips Downhill!

Touring Skiers

Skate, touring with possibly some tips along the way

Lance Crump

  • Favorite Trail:    Montezuma’s Revenge
  • Interests:           Track Cycling, Tennis
  • Favorite Food:   Lamb Shanks In Dark Ale
  • Favorite Motto:  La Jamais Contente

Thursdays Skiers

Skate intermediate

Gerry Furseth

CANSI Level ll 

  • Favorite Trail: Lower World Cup
  • Years Coaching: 36
  • Why Coach?: Reino Keski-Salmi taught me a lot about skiing faster and even more about the value of giving back to the community
  • Favourite Food? Pasta!!
  • Words of Wisdom: “The only purpose of exercise is to induce recovery”-Per Gaarder

Classic technique, intermediate level

Gerry Breneman

Cansi Level II, NCCP + ICC

Name of Group: Very Classy
Performance level: intermediate
Objective: designed to promote skiing more efficiently and stronger

  • Years Coaching: 47 including track and field and cross country running
  • Favorite Food; strong adherent of the See Food diet
  • Saying: Take small consistent steps to achieve big gains

Thursday Nights Leader

Thursday Evening session Primarily Skate some possible Classic

Franziska Plummer


  • Favorite Trail: Aberdeen/Lars Taylor Way
  • Years Coaching: About 15 years
  • Why Coach?: To connect with x skiers. To learn how to get the best from them and seeing them progress, having fun in a safe and social environment.
  • Favourite Food? Raclette and chocolate
  • Words of Wisdom: There is no such thing as too much snow

Felicia Ogorman

  • Favourite Trail: Skiing ‘neath the trees on Prince of Wales
  • Years Coaching: Three in x-country skiing. A gazillion years in other sports
  • Why Coach?: As a coach, I love to create positive, supportive environments, to make sure the learning is fun, the participants are feeling motivated to try new things, and that everyone leaves smiling.
  • Favourite Food? During ski season, definitely a bowl of chunky chicken soup.
  • Words of Wisdom: If the person you are talking to appears not to be listening, be patient. He may just have a little fluff in his ear. – Winnie the Pooh


Ward Strong


  • Favorite Trail: White Elephant
  • Years Coaching: 4 years
  • Why Coach?: I love helping others discover my love for skate skiing. I also learn while coaching, which seems counterintuitive but is true.
  • Favourite Food? Homemade babaganoush with baguettes
  • Words of Wisdom: The journey is the goal


Murray Wood

Level 4 CANSI, Level 1 telemark

  • Favourite Trail : Lars Taylor and out to Alder Point
  • Years Coaching : 25 plus years
  • Why Coach : love helping, love sharing
  • Favourite food : a good peanut butter on marble rye bread toasted
  • Words of Wisdom : “Don’t compare yourself to others. There is no comparison between the sun and the moon, they shine when it’s their time” – Akinleye Isaac

Thursday in the Tracks Leaders

Easy Classic Skiing

Shirley Pommier

Level ll CANSI, TD

  • Favorite Trail: Woodland Bell, Carl Wylie
  • Years Coaching: 35
  • Why Coach?: I love XC skiing and want all Canadians of all ages at all stages to try it and embrace our winter.
  • Favourite Food? One dish meals
  • Words of Wisdom: Nothing of worth is accomplished without enthusiasm (Emerson)

Peggy Graham-Morel

  • Favorite Trail: Silver Queen
  • Years Coaching: 30+
  • Why Coach?: Creating positive experiences for people, makes me smile
  • Favourite Food? Is chocolate a food?
  • Words of Wisdom: If you believe, then you achieve.

Rick Plovie

  • Favorite Trail: Woodland Bell
  • Years Coaching: 2
  • Why Coach: For the shear joy of being with people who share my love of XC Skiing and a determined passion for always bettering one’s self
  • Favorite Food: Did someone say food ?
  • Words of Wisdom: Skiing is the next best thing to having wings

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There are three sessions each week:

Sunday  10:00 am -12:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am -12:00 pm, or Thursday 6:30 pm -8:00 pm.


Sunday Morning

10:00-10:20 Warm Up
10:20 Meet your leader at the designated location for your group
*limited leaders are available Sunday some groups may be self-directed
10:30 Ski with designated group
11:45 Cool Down
12:00  Coffee, treats, socializing (covid restrictions depending)

Thursday Morning

Time: 10:00am-12:00 pm


10:00-10:20 am Warm Up
10:20 Meet your leader at the designated location for your group
10:20-11:45 Ski with your designated group
11:45 Cool Down
12:00 Coffee, treats, socializing (covid restrictions depending)

Thursday Evening

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm (Alternative to the Thursday morning)


6:30 – 6:50pm Warm Up
6:50 Meet in Stadium in front of Tech Building
7:00-7:45 Training Activity of the Day
7:45-8:00 Cool Down
8:00 pm Meet in outside of lodge for post-work out nutrition with the group


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 HP if you are looking for a higher level 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 to improve their skiing proficiency.
  • To provide support for those who want to compete
  • Keep all participants informed of events and activities
  • What’s more, the fee, $100. SLN Masters is 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 for 2021-22

  • To encourage recreational club skiers to participate in SLN Masters.
  • To offer a few speaker sessions over the course of the season (covid restrictions depending).
  • To provide small group technique sessions.
  • To organize social events eg. potlucks (covid restrictions depending)
  • Goal setting and training for competitive skiers on key events.

Masters Start December 2
Masters Finish march 3rd
Holiday Break December 23rd – 30th

Stay tuned to this page for schedule adjustments we may need to implement due to club events that may cause us to need be flexible like big races that use the stadium etc.