Ages: 30+

Masters XC



There is a WAITING LIST, to be placed on the waiting list please email [email protected] The Master’s Lesson Prep and U35 registration are still open.

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. Masters XC is a community-based cross-country ski program that offers group training sessions for adults.

If you are just skiing for fitness, just getting started, or are a seasoned racer, the Masters’ XC Program offers great training and a whole lot of fun!

Led by a HUGE group of volunteer coaches, this program aims to provide a space for quality learning at every skill level. While not for absolute beginners, our program does cater to relatively new skiers.

Check out the Group Options Overview page for details on the program details. 

Is this sounding like it is a bit outside of your abilities on registration day? We are offering Intro to Masters 2 Time Ski Packages for newer skiers through our Day Lodge in December to prep you for your new program.

If you are looking for a program that’s more performance-focused check out our Master’s Performance, Masters Race Team, or Masters Biathlon Programs.





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

When: Thursday 10-12 pm, Thursday 6:30-8 pm, Sunday 10-12 pm – running from January 5th to March 12th

Cost: $200 per person, plus your season pass registration fee.

Available Spaces: 200

Night Group: For those wanting to come to Thursday Evening sessions, please contact Franziska Plumat at [email protected] as there is a limited amount of space (50 participants).

Ski Ability: Should be able to ski the trails ‘Sovereign’ and ‘Half Sovereign’ comfortably. Would be great if you can ski ‘Woodland Bell’.

Pre-program: If you are not confident in your current skiing abilities, there is a three-week program in December. Here is the information: 

Group Descriptions: If you need a reminder of the Masters’ XC Groups Overview.

Orientation: If you are unsure which group is the right fit for you, come to one of our orientation days! Thursday, December 15th, 1 pm – 2 pm or Saturday, December 17th, 10 am – 11 am, contact Pat at [email protected] to sign-up and make your availability in TeamSnap.

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. Please let Pat know.

Movement within groups: We are happy to allow movement from group to group within Masters XC once again as we did pre-COVID. With that said, there is still a need for group leaders to know and approve the group change. This is so as not to overload any volunteer leaders.

If you have any questions please contact Pat Van Mullem at [email protected]

Pat Van Mullem (Masters XC Lead Coach)

Personal goals for masters program
To provide our masters’ participants with a place to safely enjoy the companionship and social interaction of friends while enjoying our sport for fitness and exercise while maybe even improving their xc skills a little.

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


Tom Hughes

Dugald Dunlop

Neil Hendry


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


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





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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Johanna Tul



Check out the Group Options Overview page for details on program details. 

There are three available 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 the Skookum
10:30 Ski with group
11:45 Cool Down
12:00  Coffee, treats, socializing (covid restrictions depending)


Thursday Morning

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

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 other Masters Programs 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 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, $200. SLN 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 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:  January 5th, 2022
Masters Finish: March 12th, 2023

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 to be flexible like big races that use the stadium etc.