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Silver Star and Sovereign ready to shine
Skiers are getting ready to hit the trails.
Both Silver Star Mountain Resort and the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre are looking to Friday for a tentative opening for cross-country skiing.
“The plan is to be skiing the upper trails (Putnam trails), with 15 to 20 kilometres open,” said Guy Paulsen, Silver Star nordic manager.
Presently, there is 25 centimetres of snow in the village and 40 centimetres at higher elevations.
Sovereign Lake has about 10 centimetres of packed snow and will open with 20 kilometres of groomed trails.
“We have had our first staff meeting and everyone is very excited to start work,” said Don Wylie, Sovereign Lake manager.
There was a lot of work done during the summer months to cut the grass down and clear the rocks off trails.
“It is early season conditions, so we encourage skiers to bring their rock skis, and ski with caution,” said Wylie.
Sovereign Lake is holding its annual fall information meeting Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre
Silver Star and Sovereign Lake are co-hosting early season nordic camps until the end of November.
“We are very excited to be working together on this initiative,” said Paulsen.
Silver Star anticipates the start of the alpine ski season Nov. 22.
“A significant snowfall of 40 centimetres and we would be there,” said Robin Baycroft, resort services manager.
“We ask all of the North Okanagan to do a snow dance.”