Silver Star Launches New Singletrack Trail
Awesome Woodland Loop Debuts This Season
Silver Star Mountain Resort’s Nordic area is known as “the place to go” for good early-season snow thanks to its base elevation of 1,600 metres, which often allows the trails to open in the first half of November. The resort offers truly amazing skate and Classic opportunities throughout the winter with 105 kilometres of trails shared between two neighbouring world-class Nordic-skiing destinations – Silver Star and Sovereign Lake.
Yet with less than a five-kilometre drive apart, you might say Silver Star and Sovereign are about to get closer. Construction is currently underway on a trail that will link both areas, with a completion date set for next summer.
Nordic Programs manager Shane Landreville is pumped about all of the exciting things happening at Silver Star, including a new five-kilometre Classic singletrack loop he and colleague Murray Wood built together and dubbed “Woodland.”
“We kept the team small throughout the planning and cutting phase. It was just myself and a co-worker [Wood] who spent a few days last winter and then again this summer walking along to find a great route,” said Landreville of the project, which was inspired by a trip to Lake Louise last winter.
“It was so neat to cruise through the trees, to be tight within the forest, but striding along. The ski-area operator in me realized this is something we could do and something that would be so different from anything else we have at Silver Star,” said Landreville.
Once enough snow sticks, Woodland will open, as well as the area’s other trails. Opening day is scheduled for Nov. 18, but with some snow already on the ground, Landreville would be happy if the season got underway even sooner.
He’s not alone in his sentiments, as Nordic-skiing enthusiasts and racers eagerly prepare for winter. With this in mind, Silver Star is offering teams and clubs discounted early-season training-camp packages that include trail tickets and such additional perks as the use of the fitness centre and wax room, catering-services options and – if snow conditions make it necessary – lift access to a special higher-elevation training loop.
“Our company absolutely believes in supporting racers and teams and we always have,” said Landreville.
Another recent major development at Silver Star is Brewers Pond Base – a brand-new Nordic centre opening this season. It’s a hub for both the area’s lower and upper trails, where skiers can buy tickets, rent equipment, wax skis, go on tours, park for the day, visit the cafe and just spend some time in the cozy lounge. The Brewers Pond Base is within easy access of the beginner ski loop and the skating pond.
Silver Star Nordic has many events for skiers to look forward to this winter, including the November Nordic Festival, the Silver Star 60km and the Tele/ Fatbike/xc Cross Weekend. www.skisilverstar.com
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passion for the sport, and we look forward to supporting her as we continue to develop the highest-performance Nordic skis possible.”
USA Nordic Sport Hires Alex Glueck
In July, USA Nordic Sport hired former Nordic-combined skier Alex Glueck as field marketing and communications manager. This new position focuses on fundraising opportunities, including a growing merchandise program, as well as day-to-day media relations and communications. Glueck spent nearly a decade as a member of the National Team from 2000 through 2009, including some World Cup appearances and winning silver at the 2002 Junior World Championships in Germany. After leaving skiing in 2009, prior to joining the USA Nordic Sport staff, Glueck studied philosophy and worked in sales and the restaurant industry.
Glueck now lives in Heber City, Utah. He can be reached at alex@ usanordic.org.
Up to $10 Million for the Next Generation of Canadian Athletes
In July up to $10 million in funding for the next generation of Canadian athletes was announced to ensure athletes have the support they need to push for the podium. Working with the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), a total of up to $10 million in ongoing annual funding – $5 million from the Government of Canada, $4 million from the COC and $1 million from the CPC – will support Olympic and Paralympic athletes who demonstrate medal potential.
Designed to complement the current investments in the sport system, this venture will support additional coaches, improve the daily training environments of athletes and invest in sport-science and sport-medicine services.
Women's Nordic-combined Event Added for 2020 Youth Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in July the addition of a women's Nordic-combined event at the upcoming 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The inclusion of the women's event is part of a greater effort by the IOC toward gender equity, which has seen the addition of more women's fields and mixed fields over the past decade.
The news comes less than two months after USA Nordic Sport