2019 SOBC Winter Games: Venues

Alpine skiing: SilverStar Mountain Resort

Twenty-nine athletes competing

Located approximately 22 minutes from Vernon, SilverStar Mountain Resort is B.C.’s third-largest ski area, offering more than 3,282 skiable acres, champagne powder, and varied terrain. The 2019 SOBC Games race course will be on the lower part of the run Big Dipper.* Spectators MUST be on skis and pay for a lift pass in order to go near the alpine ski course and finish line. On-site concessions and washrooms will be available for spectators. There will be a designated auditorium for team meals and awards. Venue website

*New run selected as of February 13

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing: Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre

Thirty cross country skiing competitors and 37 snowshoeing competitors

Located approximately 30 minutes from Vernon, this internationally renowned venue is North America's largest cross country ski club in an outstanding sub-alpine environment with an abundance of dry snowfall. For spectators, there will be concessions and ample parking. Viewing will be available, including limited space in the clubhouse upper floor. Please note that dogs are not permitted. Venue website

Competition course maps

Speed skating: Kal Tire Place - North

Twenty-two athletes competing

This new facility is an addition to Kal Tire Place, the venue for the 2019 SOBC Games Opening Ceremony (please see below). Awards will be held at the entrance of Kal Tire Place. The Kal Tire Place - North facility has a regulation-size 200’ x 85’ sheet of ice and seating for 400 spectators. Map and more information

Greater Vernon Recreation Complex - The Hub

Curling: Curling Rink

Twenty-four teams (117 athletes)

The facility has eight sheets of ice and ample amenities. Spectators will have access to the large viewing area and restaurant upstairs. Map and more info

Figure skating: Priest Valley Arena

Twenty-four athletes competing

The Priest Valley Arena is situated in the Recreation Complex. It is home to Vernon Figure Skating, the Speed Skating Club, ringette, adult hockey, public skating, and skating lessons. Map and more info

Floor hockey: Priest Valley Gym

Fourteen teams (224 athletes) competing

This facility offers two playing surfaces, ample parking, and spectator meal facilities within two minutes' walking distance. Spectator seating will be limited and concessions will not be on site. Map and more info

Healthy Athletes: Greater Vernon Recreation Centre

Free Healthy Athletes screenings are being provided to all SOBC Games competitors and on the morning of Saturday, February 23, are open to all local individuals with intellectual disabilities

The Recreation Centre is home to a wide variety of facilities, from the Aquatic Centre, Fitness Gym, Creekside Conference Centre, Dogwood Gym, and the Halina Senior Citizens Centre. The Recreation Centre is owned and operated by the City of Vernon with financial support from their area neighbours the District of Coldstream, Area B, and Area C. The Recreation Centre is located on the Vernon Recreation Complex at 3310 - 37 Avenue (access via 35 or 39 Avenue from Highway 97). Map and more info

5-pin bowling: Lincoln Lanes

Twenty-seven teams competing in two shifts per day

Family owned and operated, this venue is currently marking its 50th anniversary, like the global Special Olympics movement! Teams will play three games each per day. Bleachers will be brought in for spectator seating. Venue website

Opening Ceremony: Kal Tire Place

Kal Tire Place is an NHL- and international-sized arena with seating for 3,003 and standing room for approximately 500. The facility provides skating, ringette, and hockey opportunities, and serves as the home of the Vernon Vipers and visiting teams of the BCHL. The 2019 SOBC Winter Games teams will be seated on the floor, and the fans will have ample room in the comfortable stands. Map and more info

2019 SOBC Games venue map