Navigating the Two Areas
Sovereign Lake and SilverStar resort parking areas are five minutes apart driving, with interconnected nordic trails. There is a gondola to provide quick access from the village to the top of the mountain and one ride per day is included in your nordic trail pass.
Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is a 3200 member ski club situated in a provincial park. The club grooms and maintains 50km of nordic trails and 11km of snowshoe trails. Trails open in early November, close in mid-April, and re-open for the Spring Fling snow camp in early May.
SilverStar Mountain Resort is a multisport destination. Alpine skiing/snowboarding is the primary winter draw, with the S2S timed to be at the peak of lift-based spring skiing. Other options include fat-biking, showshoeing, bowling, and exploring the eating and drinking options surrounding the snow-covered Main Street.
The two areas are close enough to share driving directions and driving times.
The ski areas are 20 minutes drive from the centre of city of Vernon, population 50,000. Most of Vernon is at 400m elevation (ft), the top of the mountain is 1915m, Sovereign's parking is at 1660m, SilverStar's main parking lot is at 1620m.
With the large elevation difference, you can experience spectacular skiing in the morning and bring out the shorts for afternoon paddling on one of the three lakes, mountain biking on two destination trail systems, or almost endless hiking options.
Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is 30 minutes drive from Vernon and 50 minutes to the ski areas. Shuttle service is available to the accomodation at SilverStar.
To extend your visit, you can fly into more distant airports and explore the region.
Vancouver International (YVR) is five hours drive by the most direct route. If you have time, there are far more interesting routes. Highway 1 adds an hour, but will reset your idea of what white water rafting can be (the Fraser river drains 240,000 square km of BC, a larger area than Great Britain, and early April is the best time to see the spring runoff).
Calgary International (YYC) is just on the other side of the Rocky Mountains, with three spectacular passes to choose from. The shortest route goes through Canmore, Lake Louise, Banff, and Revelstoke in seven hours (if you don't stop!).
Combining S2S with Nationals/SuperTour Finals
For athletes and families in Whistler for Canadian Nationals and US SuperTour finals at the end of March, it is six hours on the Lillooet route, definitely a reason to take the road less travelled.
Are you looking for some technique touch ups to make the long course feel shorter? Some skill development lessons on the actual event trails? Or just want to upgrade your enjoyment of skiing?
Sovereign Lake and SilverStar have long been partners to host XC SuperCamps on our combined trail network.