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The best reason in five years to strap on your Nordic skis

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November 08, 2013 - 2:09 PM

VERNON - A local ski resort wants everyone to know they have the best skiing conditions in five years, but is it actually bragging if mother nature is responsible?

General Manager of Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, Scott Lemon, says more than 50 cm of the white stuff has fallen from the sky for enthusiasts to play in. Last year, the centre opened a week later with less snow.

"This weekend, we're looking at opening with mid winter conditions," Lemon says. "Snow like this creates enthusiasm for both club members who can see the snow on the hills, and visitors from the coast, Alberta and Washington that are looking to jump start their ski season."

Lemon says they're packing 25 km of trail, including Woodland Bell and Carl Wylie. In total, there'll be 70 km of groomed trails open when combined with Silver Star Nordic trails.

Nordic Manager of Silver Star Mountain Resort, Guy Paulson notes interest in Nordic skiing is growing rapidly and the combined trail system is the largest, daily groomed trail system in Canada.

There a small drawback to the early ski season however. Those looking to register for the 2013-14 XC Supercamps that begin November 22 could find increased competition for limited spots.

"Skiiers love to watch the webcams and weather reports to decide on which camps to register for," Paulson says. "With the snow coming early, the camps will fill up quickly."

Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre is located 22 km from Vernon. The ski season averages about seven months, with 105 km of groomed trails with Silver Star Resort.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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