All three B.C. cross-country ski teams get in some early season training thanks to the conditions at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre and Sllver Star Mountain Resort.

All three B.C. cross-country ski teams get in some early season training thanks to the conditions at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre and Sllver Star Mountain Resort.

Mountain hosts top skiers

Seventy-nine people attend the annual fall snow camp hosted by Cross Country B.C.

Opening weekend at Silver Star Mountain Resort and the Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre brought a record-breaking 79 skiers and coaches from around the province.

They were attending the annual fall snow camp hosted by Cross Country B.C.

All three provincial teams – ski team, development squad and talent squad – took part.

“This is the first time on snow for most of our athletes which makes for a lot of excitement, but they are encouraged to ski slowly  and smoothly to adjust to early season conditions and the higher altitude,” said Chris Manhard, CCBC provincial coach.

The camp consisted of long, slow skis arond the mountain, as well as team sprints, strength training, psychology and nutrition presentations, and even early morning jobs.

The camp is to work on ski technique as well as fitness and strength.

“I feel very fortunate to have a training camp like this right in my backyard because I was able to get lots of good quality training with my fellow teammates,” said Vernon’s Hannah Mehain, B.C. ski team member and a national champion.

“We had excellent early snow conditions and access to lots of trails at Silver Star and Sovereign.”

Added Dudley Coulter, CCBC’s athlete development co-ordinator: “Sovereign Lake and Silver Star usually provide the best early season conditions in Canada.”

Race season gets underway Nov. 29 where a Teck Coast Cup will take place at Whistler.

Vernon will host the first race of the season Dec. 12 and 13 with a Haywood NorAm, which will welcome Canada’s best cross-country skiers to B.C.