The Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre in the southern interior of British Columbia is changing it up for 2015, with significant changes to the traditional May snow camp week.
Also new is the requirement that skiers register by May 10 at Zone4. If the weather or an insufficient number of registrations forces the club to cancel, fees will automatically be refunded.
FasterSkier went to inspect the trail conditions on April 25. The skiing was great in fresh falling snow during the morning, but accumulating snow made for a more challenging afternoon. It was a hard wax day for classic, but at the warmer end of the wax box.
If you are feeling the urge to get some snow time to kick off the new training year in style, there are two options for visitors.
Train high and sleep high by staying at Silver Star resort. The advantages are more elevation (the accommodations, like the ski trails, are just above 1600 metres), convenient access to the National Altitude Training Centre (weight room, climbing wall, movie theatre), and a ten-minute drive to skiing. It is also the cheapest time of year to stay at the resort, as there is too much snow for the mountain bikers and not enough snow for ski in/ski out.
Sleep low and train both high and low by staying in the town of Vernon, 1,250m (4,100 ft) and 25 minutes drive below the ski area. The advantages are easy beach access for swimming (because no one works on their tan anymore, right?) and lots of mountain biking and road biking options. The big elevation difference delivers spring conditions on the mountain and summer in the valley bottom.
– Gerry Furseth