U35 Supercamp: Nov 18th – 20th, 2016

Head out onto the perfectly groomed cross country tails, surrounded by snowy trees, beautiful vistas, and a group of young and enthusiastic cross country skiers!

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U35 Supercamp is meant for skiers under the age of 35. What does that mean? A camp dedicated to youthful and energetic skiers who want to have a lot of fun. Whether you are an absolute beginner skier, a talented and fit advanced skier, or anything in between .. our coaches will offer you a fun, engaging, and inspiring camp program.

Sovereign Lake and Silver Star have legendary early season snow. U35 camp gets you out on the trails early in the season, to learn, to refine, and to master your skills for the season ahead.

U35 Supercamp includes all the great fundamentals that Supercamp offers, and much more! In small groups organized by ability and fitness level, our coaches deliver an unprecedented personal ski assessment. Whether your goals are to ski further, ski faster, or ski more efficiently, our coaches will help you meet and exceed your goals. Included in this program is scheduled video analysis sessions, take home material and even some downhill technique training (yes, on Nordic Skis!).

This Supercamp program is more than just a camp, it is a Nordic experience. Take part in a waxing workshop with a pro, stretching sessions, and other training specific sessions. Relax at the end of the day with a Wine & Yoga session. Also included in your Supercamp program is your lunches for 3 days, discounts on Silver Star accommodation, your trail passes for 3 days and much more! Need rentals? We can direct you to the best spots for rentals skis to suit your needs and ability.

U35 Supercamp is no ordinary camp. Its dynamic. Its fun. Its effective. Its geared towards young skiers. And, its the best way to start your season!

Click here for pricing and to Register now to take advantage of the early bird rates, and bring your friends!

Email info@xcsupercamp.com with any questions.


Summer Training With Eric Byram

The most cliché saying that us Nordic skiers hear is: “skiers are made in the summer”, but it just so happens to be true. The successes ­­­(and failures) of our seasons are a direct result of what we did in the spring, summer, and early fall. It can be hard to remember this at the end of a 4-hour point-to-point run in 30-degree heat but it is crucial to success. Motivation has always been a problem for me in the off-season, as racing is my favorite part of Nordic skiing, beating out beautiful landscapes, time spent in nature, and the social aspect, which are the elements of this beautiful sport.

There are a number of things I do to keep motivated and make sure off-season training is still fun.

  • Measurement: I try to measure and progress in all aspects of the sport, whether that is technique, strength, endurance, speed, etc. This allows me to see how I’m improving and I can think towards how these improvements are going to help me in the upcoming season.
  • Variety: I try to switch up the training a fair bit and make sure that I am doing different kinds of workouts, in different places, and with different people. This not only keeps the motivation high, but also helps me become a better skier in the long run as new challenges and adaptations are around every corner.
  • Music, music, music. I have trained on a variety of teams and it has allowed me to discover the joys and precision of training alone. And I attribute many of my successes to my ability to do this. But after long week, punching out those final climbs in an intensity workout, or pushing towards the end of a long run can still be tough. I usually try and break this up, along with some of the natural monotony that comes with training, by listening to music. I am always putting together new playlists and mixes to keep me going.

The Okanagan was my childhood training ground for 9 or so years, and as such, I tried to find the best things I could do in the valley. A few staple workouts come to mind, like ski striding intervals up “The Wall” in Kal Park, rollerskiing up Silver Star Mountain Rd, and running workouts at the old track. I learned how to beat the heat in the middle of summer and tried to plan workouts to end at some sort of lake or beach. There was nothing better than cooling off the muscles after a long workout. Highly recommend it!

When the winter rolled around it switched to training almost all the time at Sovereign Lake, Silver Star, or the NATC and I got to know these venues well. A ski joining Sovereign Lake and Silver Star that I had on a beautiful day a few years ago is still in my top 5 skis I’ve ever done (Switzerland and Sunshine Meadows in Banff are on that list as well!) and it never disappoints when I return to the trails for a NorAm, Christmas, training camp, or family visit. Even more than the amazing weather, amount of snow, early snow, and convenient location, the thing I most enjoyed was the variety. I could find whatever kind of terrain I desired. Whether for fun, or for improving a certain facet of my training it was a great spot and something I have yet to find around the globe.

Eric Byram


XC Ski Tips on YouTube

If you follow us on Facebook, you may have noticed our coaches who have been jumping in front of the video camera to offer some technical skiing tips and advice for skate, classic, and all ability levels. Well, we’ve just launched a new YouTube channel so all these videos are in one place and we will update them weekly!

So what can you do to stay up to date with the latest technique in cross country skiing? Head to our YouTube channel and click the subscribe button. This way, you’ll be able to get a notification reminder when we publish a new video. You can also change your following settings on our Facebook page to get the video updates this way. On our Facebook Page,  a button under the main photo will say ‘like’, or ‘liked‘. Make sure it says like, then hover over the button, click on ‘posts in news feed‘ then click ‘see first‘. This will guarantee you see all our videos, photos, and updates from the trails.

We are very excited to release our YouTube channel and the videos are getting better and better! If you have any requests for a video or special technical tip, write us a note on YouTube or respond to this email and we’ll get it on the production list!

Enjoy the glide!

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February Supercamp

Supercamp returns this February 19th – 21st for the final camp of the season.

Register now to join Canada’s best coaches on 105km of World class terrain. No matter what your ability or fitness level is, let our coaches help you get to the next level, help you glide further, glide faster and ski more efficiently.

Click here for more information on all the Camps!

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Snapshot of Supercamp

Check out this video for an overview of XC Supercamp and everything that Supercamp can offer. Great snow, incredible trails, and many of Canada’s best coaches!

Supercamp Pro Camp

Pro Camp is for high level skiers! Skiers who can go fast, skiers who can go far, and skiers who would like to race. For the first time in years, Supercamp is offering a high performance camp to support developing skiers who are want to improve their performances at local, national or international events! Pro camp offers an early season training session and on snow support from professional cross country coaches! 

You will be skiing the best early season trails with excellent snow and a focus on you as a racer! The purpose; provide you with individualized learning about race specific technique, terrain skills and getting yourself race fit.  

Learn to Train: Train to race is exactly what we’ll be doing! Our race coaches have years of experience and know all about the time that it takes to train ‘the right way’ to pull off a personal best or even win a race. Training has to be specific, training has to be tactical, and training has to be appropriate for the conditions. There’s a lot to think about when heading out for a training session and our coaches will ease you through the process. 

Race to Win: Improve your race results, achieve a personal best, or just go further faster! Nordic races demand a tactical approach and our coaches will introduce you to these concepts and show you how to best apply them. 

No matter how hard you ski or how fit you are, wax is a very important component of any race. To show you this, we’ve brought in former a World Cup wax technition to give you the feeling of flying on snow. For $150 on top of camp registration, you will receive 2 professional wax services. This included a thorough cleaning of your skis, all the wax and products, and of course, a fast wax appropriate for the current snow conditions. 

Coached by former National Team coach Mike Bell and Cross Country BC’s Dudley Coulter, Pro Camp is an opportunity to get on snow early in your season! Learn the concepts early, practice them throughout the winter, and apply them at your next race to achieve your best! 

Check out when Pro Camp is offered and what’s included by clicking here.


Benefits to early season training and coaching

Silver Star Mountain Resort and Sovereign Lake Nordic Center traditionally have fantastic early season snow. A massive benefit for snow sport enthusiasts is that Cross Country Skiing actually requires very little snow for an enjoyable day of skiing! At XC Supercamp we make the most of this ‘early winter’ and offer all ages and all abilities a cross country experience.

There are a number of benefits to starting the Cross Country season with coaching from Supercamp’s fantastic coaching staff.

  1. Motivation & XC Experience

The best thing to keep you motivated for a great season is to start it off with high energy and a good time. Our coaches offer you more than just lessons on technique; they give you the motivation and inspiration to love what you’re doing, to love sliding on snow.

Supercamp is more than just skiing with professional coaches and learning to balance better, glide more efficiently, or understand the proper timing for uphill climbing, Supercamp offers a complete XC experience. With guest speakers, stretching and yoga sessions, massages, and wax workshops, you and your cohort leave with all the tools necessary to keep your season going strong.

  1. Efficient Skiing

We all want to learn to ski better but what about more efficiently? Imagine skiing further and not being as tired. Imagine skiing further using less energy and getting there quicker. We want you to enjoy skiing and that starts with improving your efficiency on your skis, something our coaches specialize in.

  1. Proper Technique

Struggling with offset skate, one step double pole, or… are you just learning? Our coaches will help you learn to do it all right! Plus, you have a time during camp to improve on these techniques and push your skiing even further. Our coaches are trained to meet the needs of your group and also your individual needs; they will help you succeed.

  1. A full season to practice what you’ve learned.

The best part, you learn all these great things at the beginning of the winter so you have a full season to practice what you’ve learned. Take the skills, techniques and great conversations out on to the trails on your own and put them into action.

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Learn to Loppet

Ready… Set… Fly!   Join Super Woman as she explores the possibilities of nordic skiing and loppet racing in Europe.   Learn how to plan, prepare for and compete long distance nordic ski races in style.  This presentation by Karen Messenger will help you harness the power of positive thinking in order to discover the super hero that lies within. 

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Supercamp and the New York Times

Last year, Supercamp had the pleasure of welcoming Chris Solomon to Silver Star and Sovereign Lake. Chris, writing for the New York Times produced an outstanding article highlighting his experience at Supercamp.

While Chris found skate skiing to be difficult and humbling, his determination motivated him to sign up for a beginner skate camp. Supercamp provided Chris with a valuable experience and help him achieve personal goals and master skills.

Chris tells an amazing story.

Click here  to visit the New York Times page and enjoy the story of his experience.

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Photo from the New York Times

Coach Marie-Cat Bruno at Interski

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The importance of Interski

I knew Interski was kind of a big deal but I didn’t know just how or even why. Maybe I had to go see for myself…

First of all, the emotions. There is something about standing at the top of a slope, hearing “CANADA!” on the big speakers and seeing an ocean of people at the bottom of the run. I had to seriously dig into my World Cup starts experience to finally decide to point them downhill. Something about skiing for your country…

Then there is the camaraderie and the sharing. You meet people from all over the world that are just as passionate about sliding on the snow as you are – some even more than you! You meet incredibly talented athletes that rip the cross country skis one day and the telemark skis “switch” the next. You meet people that have been in the industry for over 6 decades and are still in love with the sport. You meet incredibly inspiring speakers that make you rethink how you’ve been teaching all your life. You meet people that are so interested in the Canadian methods they want to bring you to their country to give sessions to their instructors and course conductors. There is no shortage of awing moments at Interski.

But the real obvious: the sliding on the snow and the teaching of it all. Interski allows you to not only get a glimpse at what other countries are doing, but them sharing some of their gold nuggets that you can take home to use and pass to your peers is of extreme value. Interski also validates what you, as a national organization, have been doing; it is practically a “check-in” with the best snowpros of the world to compare notes and make sure that what you have been working on for the last 4 years (Interski happens every 4 years) is moving you in the right direction. Incredible value in this.

So friends, if you have an opportunity to attend Interski as either a demonstrator or an observer (or both), do not pass it up. You will remember your experience for ever. I also want to stress the importance of CANSI continuing their presence at such events. They are invaluable for the advancement our sport.

Hasta luego!

Marie-Catherine Bruno, Telemark Demonstrator and Presenter at Interski 2015, Ushuaia, Argentina