Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Supercamps are a perfect way to start the cross country ski season.


 by Keith and Heather Nicol

Skiing on the grid at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre
    We in the middle of teaching in the early season Supercamps that are held every year at Silver Star and Sovereign Lake located near Vernon in B.C.’s Interior. The main Supercamps run from November 19 to December 9, 2018 and they include three 3 weekend camps and three 4.5 day mid week camps. This year this area has had early snow and conditions for the camps have been close to perfect. These camps have been running for many years but seem to be getting more popular and this year has been the largest with well over 360 participants. In fact all camps sold out quickly so next year if you want to get in on one of these camps be sure to sign up early.

Here is our group at the top of the mountain
     Classes involve instruction by some of Canada’s top cross country ski instructors and coaches and a chance to ski on the 105 km trail network which includes trails at Silver Star and Sovereign Lake Nordic ski areas.  The camps offer video analysis of your skiing plus afternoon lectures on nutrition, yoga, how to prepare for skiing a loppet and much more. There are a variety of specialized programmes including biathlon, a pro camp for aspiring masters racers and a popular   “Wild Women” programme which involves enjoying the nordic ski experience in a fun, friendly, female-focused environment. Spend your mornings and early afternoon on skis improving your technique, and then relax in the late afternoons with wine & yoga, a strength and conditioning session, and other exciting extras. Class size varies but is usually between 5-6 participants per instructor which makes for personalized instruction. 
 
A real bonus is that you can use the lifts at Silver Star Resort to access the upper trails
    These camps are geared to everyone from first timers to advanced skiers wanting to improve their technique and get in cross country skiing on a huge variety of trails. If you want a mid season tune up on your skiing you can still take in 2 more weekend camps which are scheduled for January 11-13, 2019 and February 1-3, 2019. For more information see: http://www.xcsupercamp.com/


 
The views from the trails are spectacular


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