Friday, 1 December 2017

Checking out the early season skiing at Sovereign Lake Nordic ski area

by Keith and Heather Nicol   
Heather leaving the day lodge
We like to get in some early season cross country skiing at Sovereign Lake Cross ski area which is known for its early consistent snow. Sovereign Lake is located just 30 minutes from Vernon, B.C. in the sunny B.C. Interior. This year the season started even earlier than normal and conditions are superb. We skied at Sovereign Lake on Wednesday, November 29 and arrived to sunny skies and temperatures of -4C. They had several cm of new snow and we were told that over 30 km of trails had been groomed for classic and skating that day.  Sovereign Lake is a large ski club but despite its large membership we find the lodge friendly and welcoming. And it certainly attracts people from across the country at this time of year. We met friends from Halifax and Calgary in the lodge while we had our lunch. What a coincidence! Sovereign is a full service club with rentals, lessons, and a small cafeteria and offers many programmes for kids and adults. And when you combine the length of the trail system at Sovereign with adjacent Silver Star Mountain you have the largest trail network in Canada at an impressive 105 km. Sovereign also offers snowshoeing but when we were there these trails needed abit more snow to open. For more information on Sovereign Lake Nordic see:

Keith skiing into the stadium with the day lodge in the background

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