Cross country skiing off to a late start in Vernon
By Charlotte Helston
Image Credit: Silver Star Resort
November 21, 2014 - 11:57 AM
VERNON - Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre is all set for this year’s cross country ski season—the only thing missing is snow.
Don Wylie, the centre’s interim general manager, says the facility would normally be open by now.
“It’s a little unusual,” Wylie says. “We’re just playing it day by day.”
The tentative opening date was originally set for last Friday, Nov. 14, but with current weather forecasts, Wylie doesn’t think the centre will be opening this weekend either. By the same time last year, the centre had already been open for two weeks. Wylie says the late start will have an impact on operations.
“Our high revenue times are now, leading into (the holidays), and after Christmas,” he says. “Generally we get snow earlier than most other mountains so people come from all over to ski here. It’s something we really try to promote.”
The late start has skiers getting antsy. Wylie says the centre is getting lots of inquiries regarding the opening date. With roughly three inches of snow, the trails are use at your own risk for the time being. An official opening won’t be announced until the trails have ample snow for safe skiing.
Silver Star Mountain Resort is speeding its opening up by moving snow from the hill onto its nordic trails. The resort plans to open 8 km of nordic trails on Friday, Nov. 21. Downhill skiing at Silver Star and Big White is set to open Nov. 27.
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