After a slow start to winter, parts of the Okanagan have been skiable for the last three weeks. To start the season, Sovereign Lake groomed a loop on their upper trails, which consisted of some snow and ice, but was skiable. Thanks to Sovereign for getting us all out skiing. This was the best skiing in the region for about a week until larger snowfalls allowed for the opening of both Silver Star and Sovereign Lake. Last weekend was the Okanagan Regional camp for younger races, where myself and the other older Telemark Race Team skiers gave a talk to the group about skiing at a higher level and the opportunities cross-country skiing has afforded us. Hopefully this keeps some of these kids in our amazing sport. Telemark Ski Club has yet to get enough snow to ski on, but the weather at lower elevations has been amazing for running and continued dryland training. This past weekend the Telemark Race Team stayed overnight up at the Nickel Plate Ski Club. What a great cabin to sleep in and be able to hit the trails early. The purpose of the training was to get some altitude and prepare us for racing at these levels.