Sovereign Lake is a cross country ski area that is located in Silver Star Provincial Park and is just 22 km (14 mi) from Vernon Bc.
It has more than 50 km (31 mi) of manicured trails and 14 km (9 mi) of snowshoe trails.
Combined with the neighbouring Silver Star Resort trail system there is more than 100 km (62 mi) of interconnected trails to explore!
A day spent here is so peaceful as you ski along the trails and enjoy the great scenery and the fresh air.
There are trails for every skill level. From the novice "first timer" to the advanced "big timer" there are plenty of trails to choose from.
And there is even a dog trail for man's best friend to enjoy a day full of exercise and fun!
The back country trails cover over 14 km (9 mi) of the oldest trails at Sovereign Lake.
One word of warning.
The back country trails are ungroomed and snowshoeing is not allowed here.
So enter at your own risk!
This area is so well known that many International teams choose to train here in their early season or major international events.
Ten teams trained here for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, BC Canada.
Sovereign Lake has a long history of entertaining outdoor enthusiasts looking for some prime cross country and snowshoe terrain.
Here are some important dates that have put this area on the map.
The Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre has so much to offer a visitor to this winter wonderland. Let's start with the full service Day Lodge.
After a day on the trails you can come into the lodge and grab a bite to eat and warm up with a hot drink.
The lodge provides burritos and soup that can be heated up in its kitchen area. And there are a variety of drinks to choose from.
They also offer a ski waxing service. You can leave your skis with them and they will be primed for the next time you head out onto the trails.
The Nordic Centre has a great selection of high quality rentals for all ages.
These include skis with poles and boots, snowshoe equipment and even baby carrier sleds.
Yes, you can bring your little one along to enjoy the fresh outdoors with you and they will love it!
There is a Ski School here that offers something for everyone and includes:
The Nordic Centre has a variety of programs for anyones skill level. These include:
There is also a Ski Patrol available on weekends and at competetive events.
They are all volunteers and they are always looking for recruits that would like to be trained for the job.
As you can see there is lots to do here to make your day up on the hill a memorable one.
Sovereign Lake has received many accolades over the years and is a favourite destination for skiers from around the world.
Western Snow Sports Magazine has named it as one of the top 5 Nordic ski areas in North America! The magazine also states that it has the longest ski season in North America.
The area usually enjoys snowfall early and often during the year. It actually has a 7 month season that runs from late October into June.
Some International nordic skiers have even gone so far as to call the ski facility the best ski area on the planet.
Now this is high praise indeed!
Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre is open 7 days a week.
The hours open during the day are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There is night skiing available after 4:00 p.m. on some evenings.
Check with the Nordic Centre for the evenings they are open.
To contact Sovereign Lake:
Office: (250) 558-3036 Press '203' for general enquiries
Toll Free: 1-877-768-5253
Fax: (250) 558-3076
Snow Phone: (250) 260-5335
The address at the Nordic Centre:
To get to the Nordic Centre take Hwy 97 through Vernon and turn onto 48 Ave which then becomes Silver Star Road as you start climbing the mountain.
Just 2.5 km (1.5mi) from Silver Star Resort you will turn left on Sovereign Lake Road (look for the big sign) and in a couple of minutes you will arrive here.
The Nordic centre is 22 km (14 mi) from Vernon and 65 km (40 mi) from the Kelowna Airport (about a 45 minute drive).
Westjet and Air Canada have daily flights into Kelowna Airport.
It is also only a 5 hour drive from Vancouver, BC and a 6 hour drive from Calgary, Alberta.
With its early season skiing, loads of snowfall and hosting of world class events Sovereign Lake is a great place to bring the whole family to enjoy everything it has to offer.
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