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SilverStar

A small town on a big mountain

By Erik Kalacis, Special contributor

When you arrive at the Kelowna International Airport via Air Canada or WestJet, you might just feel that you are on a wine tour instead of a ski vacation! In fact, the heart of B.C.’s famous Okanagan wine country also happens to be the gateway to one of Canada’s top ski areas, SilverStar Mountain Resort.

The Okanagan’s summer climate is ideal for wine making, as the hundreds of vineyards scattered throughout the region clearly attest to. In the winter, however, the weather is perfect for producing the dry champagne powder snow that SilverStar Mountain is renowned for. SilverStar boasts reliable powder and packed powder snow conditions year after year, ideal for incredible Nordic and alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Named after a historic mining claim, SilverStar is an easy 55-minute drive north of Kelowna through the town of Vernon, which has a population of about 40,000 and an abundance of shopping options. After driving 20 minutes up from Vernon into the Monashee Mountain range, you’ll arrive at a small town unlike any other–colourful SilverStar Mountain Village. At an elevation of 1,609 metres, this Victorian-style village is conveniently located mid-mountain on the front side of the ski area, with a wide variety of true ski-in/out lodging options. The vibrant colours of the architecture are bound to be one of the first things you notice and remember about SilverStar. Themed after an early 1900s mining town, the bars, restaurants and shops that line the charming main street are where you’ll find long-time residents and local characters that help give SilverStar its warm, homey feel. With tons of personality, it’s filled with friendly, helpful people who are eager to make you feel welcome, and endless activities to make every day more fun than the last. No need for a car here!

After breakfast in your condo or at one of our cafés, your day starts with a ski run down to the Comet high-speed 6-pack chairlift—rather than a chairlift line-up! True ski-out convenience, and amazing snow conditions with a variety of magnificently groomed runs or powder stashes are right at your doorstep! SilverStar Mountain is the 3rd largest ski area in B.C. With 3,282 acres of skiable terrain and 131 runs spread across four mountain faces, the variety of terrain is second to none. Long, perfectly groomed cruisers, steep powderfilled chutes, long winch-cat groomed black diamond runs, spacious glades, terrain park and more, keep all levels of skiers and boarders entertained. It’s a haven for skiers and snowboarders looking for a big mountain experience away from the line-ups. And that’s what makes SilverStar so unique—a small town on a big mountain with all the terrain you need and no crowds.

You can also enjoy access to Canada’s largest daily-groomed cross-country trail network featuring 105 kilometers of world-class Nordic trails shared with Sovereign Lake. Or explore a magical 16-kilometers network of snowshoe trails through forests of giant trees. Play ice hockey or enjoy a romantic skate on a frozen mountain pond. Laugh out loud over and over again as you speed downhill on tubes at Tube Town Adventure Park. Or play a friendly game at Pinheads Bowling Alley. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride dinner tour to The Wild Horseman’s Cabin. Or take a snowcat ride under the stars to Paradise Camp for dinner. Even savour a glass (or two!) of famous B.C. Okanagan wine, paired with a gourmet meal! The options are practically limitless. SilverStar Mountain is truly a special place, unlike any other resort in B.C.



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By ALEXIS DE GHELDERE, Outdoor Travel Journalist

Best known for its climate (the mildest in all of Canada), the Okanagan Valley is home to several ski resorts that have nothing to envy of their countless Western Canadian neighbours. In the northern part of the valley, in the backcountry behind the City of Vernon, a long road weaves and climbs, higher and higher, taking you all the way to the amazing Silver Star resort, perched at 1,609 metres in altitude. All of the quaint little buildings make the place look like the Wild West— only slightly more colourful! This town is literally painted in the most vibrant yellows, blues, greens and reds.

Silver Star is a wonderful laid-back mountain that is perfect for skiers of every level. It is divided into two sections, each with its own purpose—the village side is devoted to beginner-intermediate runs and the other to expert pistes. This dividing line also splits Silver Star’s visitors into two distinct groups, giving each side of the mountain its own unique feel. While families gather on the village side, those in search of steep and deep powder and intense glades (clearly more my style!) flock to the Powder Gulch Express lift on the Putnam Creek side. Provided that the snow is abundant during your visit, you’ll have the chance to tackle an impressive amount of steep glades where you can lay down some tracks as you weave through thousands of those iconic coniferous trees. At the top of Powder Gulch Express, don’t miss the restaurant with a century-old look and fantastic food. But, as delicious as it is, make sure you don’t overdo it. There won’t be any time for digesting as you take the lift back to the top!

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