Vernon’s cross-country ski hub contains two winter ski areas with over 100km (62miles) of trails combined. These natural mountain paradises regularly host top notch skiing events such as NorAm and World Master’s Cup. Participants rave about the natural dry champagne powder snow and a climate that is considered winter comfortable. Where is this XC – ski paradise you might ask? A short drive up the mountain from Vernon BC. Check out Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre and Silver Star Mountain Resort. (Picture credit: Sovereign lake Nordic Ski Centre)
Well the trails are not that high (ha, ha). At 1500m (5000ft) give or take a few metres, the impeccably groomed trails for classic and skate techniques, are beautiful, relaxing and varied. A multitude of “Green” trails for beginner fitness levels, “Blue” trails for intermediates and “Black” trails for the advanced & adventurous.
Do you have a furry four legged best friend that loves to spend time in the outdoors? Well if you do, we have good news for you! Dogs are welcome on the Dog-friendly ski trails in the Montezuma complex best known as the the ‘Zuma’s‘. Your canine companion can have his or her very own day or season pass with his photo at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre . Just remember to bring a full body picture of your ski buddy when purchasing your season pass or your first day pass. For more tips on how to successfully include your dog in your xc ski experience visit dog ski tips
With 14.2km and 6 different Green trails, 14.7 and 3 different Blue trails & a whopping 53.7km and 8 different Black trails there are routes to keep you both entertained all season long. (PC: Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre )
One of our volunteers, Frank, is an avid XC skier and this is what he had to share about his favourite winter fitness hobby : “I feel most adventurous when the Nordic areas are blessed with fresh powder. That is when I ski the Aberdeen and Lars Taylor trails. (black trails connecting Sovereign and Silver star) It’s a good climb up Aberdeen but what a reward down Lars Taylor. On other outings I try a leisurely pace on Woodland Bell (green) and Carl Wylie, (blue) both these relaxing trails are at Sovereign Lake Ski Area . Don’t forget, Sovereign Lake and Silver Star Mountain trails connect on 3 different Black trails and are available for you to discover with the purchase of a dual mountain cross country ski pass. This pass gives you full access to both cross country ski areas ! Silver star has over 55km’s of additional ski trails available for all skill levels & is open for night xc skiing starting Dec 8th 2015. Between these two outstanding centres there is over 100km of XC ski trails waiting to be explored!” (PC: Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre)
Ok yes…. your family wants a little break from skiing.. try snowshoeing or take a break at one of the warming huts for lunch. Here’s a tip : The “Chap-tik” cabin at Silver Star is the gateway to Alder Point and one of the most stunning views on the mountain! Ski and snowshoe rentals are available at both of these amazing Centres. No matter what fitness level you are these scenic pristine cross country areas offer something for everyone. They are sure to make you feel rejuvenated. (Picture Credit for feature image : http://www.sovereignlake.com) For live on site cameras & conditions see Sovereign Ski Cam or Ski Silver Star Mountain Cam. Include visiting these epic back to nature areas this winter a travel plan that is sure to be a hit!
Welcome to Canada’s largest network of daily groomed cross country trails, and enjoy!