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Long regarded as one of the pre-eminent Nordic ski festivals in North America, plans are already underway for the 2007 edition of the Silver Star Nordic SnowFest.

In an effort to better dovetail events at Silver Star Mountain Resort and Sovereign Lake Nordic Ski Club in Vernon, BC with the annual Yellowstone Ski Festival and tie into the U.S. and Canadian Nor-Am race schedule, the Silver Star Festival will not get started until after (U.S.) Thanksgiving Day, and will run November 24 through December 2.

While many details remain to be resolved, the Festival will kick off on Thanksgiving weekend with the National Team Banquet, a benefit for the Canadian National Team. According to Silver Star Nordic director Glenn Bond, they are making a major effort to get all of the Canadian reps of the major suppliers to attend with their sales staffs and latest equipment. "We’re looking at some of the other festival events and we will incorporate some of their best ideas, including things like a film festival to make this a truly festive event," says Bond.

Of significant importance will be the 20th anniversary of the annual Silver Star Masters Training Camps. Camp director, Norm Crerar, reports the schedule will be condensed to about 10 days starting with two- and three-day technique camps followed by the popular Long Slow Distance (LSD) camps. Invitations will be extended to alumni coaches and past participants to create a homecoming atmosphere.

Plans for the week include Nor-Am races on December 1 and 2. Bond says they are trying to firm up formats and other details with Cross Country Canada, the national sanctioning body. These dates were chosen to compliment the Nor-Am schedule of events taking place in West Yellowstone the week prior. In the past, event dates were conflicting. This may allow more Americans to attend the Silver Star Nor-Am and more Canadians to head south for the West Yellowstone events. The shift in calendars may help serve to reunite the Nor-Am concept as a truly North American competition, instead of separate Canadian and U.S. Nor-Ams as has been the case the past few years.

International teams training at Silver Star for December World Cup events in Canmore and Calgary will add to the excitement. This could considerably up the competitive ante for U.S. and Canadian competitors, as they will be up against many Europeans who will be eligible to participate in the Nor-Ams.

Glenn Bond is excited and optimistic, "We’re trying to get everybody pushing in the same direction and get more people skiing. We feel that Nordic SnowFest 2007 has great potential to be one of the highlights of the cross country ski calendar."

© Cross Country Skier: January - February 2007, Vol. 26 Issue 4

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