Skiing in BC

My wife and I just got back from sking in the BC interior. The sking was great! Quick Synopsis :

West Kelowna : Telemark Nordic Club http://www.telemarkx-c.com/

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Great sking within 20 minutes of Kelowna. The cost is 10.00 which goes towards grooming.

I recommend skate as the area is not high in elevation and waxing for classic is trickier during most of the winter. (It was 3 C when we were there.)

A good loop (10 km) is Fern Creek which has an additional summit loop.

Kelowna: Kelowna Nordic Centre -http://www.kelownanordic.com/

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Located 35 km east of Kelowna on the way to Big White.

Kelowna Nordic is considerably higher in elevation than Telemark and it has great trails even though all the work is done by volunteers.

Cost is 10.00.

I recommend Riverside-Upper Meadow – Olympic-Kallis Creek-Lower Meadow – Look-out Loop. We skated it but would be great with classic skies too.

Pentiction : Nickel Plate Nordic Centre http://www.nickelplatenordic.org/

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33 km from Penticton – just follow the signs to the Apex Mountain resort. Nickel Plate is just 5 km beyond Apex.

Cost is 15.00

This is a great nordic ski area ! Its high up the mountain which keeps the snow and makes classic waxing easier. We skied with classic skis – skate would be a blast and very, very challenging on some runs.

I recommend the Motherlode – Reimer’s Reach loop

This area has great terrain and great trails – maybe the best in the BC Interior!

Vernon: Silverstar – Sovereign Lakes http://winter.skisilverstar.com/ http://www.sovereignlake.com/

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Both Silverstar and Sovereign Lakes Nordic Centre are located 22 km from Vernon.

Both Silverstar and Sovereign Lake Nordic centre have great facilities but I would recommend parking at Sovereign as opposed to going up to Silverstar unless you are planning on skiing the lower trails at Silverstar.

Both Silverstar and Sovereign sell dual nordic passes that allow you to ski both areas. The cost is 16.50 for one area and 22.00 for the dual pass for both resorts.

A popular option is to ski from Silverstar up to the summit, over to Sovereign onto either Aberdeen or Lars Taylor prehaps stopping at the Black Prince Cabin for lunch and return via Aberdeen or Lars Taylor.

We did this trip from Silverstar but I would recommend starting in Sovereign and sking to Silverstar and back. The dual nordic pass includes lifts on the skilifts so you have the option of taking the Alpine Chair from Silverstar to the summit for your return.

Note that the signing in Silverstar from the village to the upper nordic trails is very poor – you ski along the downhill mainstreet run for a few km before eventually getting to the Paridise nordic trail.

We also skated a loop in just lower Sovereign – Silver Queen returning on Carl Wylie – about 12 km ( with lots of climbing !)

The directions in Sovereign are confusing. We only found Silver Queen by taking the first unmarked trail from Wylies loop that turned out to be the Maid of Vernon that lead us to Prince of Wales and finally to the Silver Queen trailhead. luckily Silver Queen ends at the Black Prince Cabin and so trail finding from that moment on is straight forward.

Golden: Dawn mountain nordic club – http://goldennordicclub.ca/

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Situated just past the base of the Kicking Horse Resort.

Cost is 10.00 or 25.00 for a family (very reasonable)

This nordic centre has only 35 km but the trails are lot of fun and there are some very challenging loops (especially on skate!)

Try Hawk Owl to Upper Raven and back Caribou – Moose meat – Chickadee – if you want great downhill and a challenging uphill return.

We didn’t get to Larch Hills outside of Salmon Arm this trip but we have skied it and I would add it to any trip based out of Vernon.

Happy Sking !

Michael

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