Sil­ver Star Launches New Sin­gle­track Trail

Awe­some Wood­land Loop De­buts This Sea­son

SkiTrax - - Out In Front - By San­dra Wal­ter

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.skisil­ver­

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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@ us­

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

Sil­ver Star is pumped about its new five-kilo­me­tre Clas­sic sin­gle­track loop dubbed "Wood­land."

Brew­ers Pond Base is a new Nordic cen­tre as a hub for the area's lower and up­per trails.

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