If you're after one place that has it all, Silver Star is an excellent choice for an awesome ski vacation experience.
The mountain has a vast variety of terrain, 20 percent beginner's trails, 50 percent intermediate, and 30 percent advanced and expert runs. Virtually all of Silver Star's Putnam Creek area is black diamond, both the front and backside. Vance Creek Peak has a series of vertical front side faces as well. In short, there's more than 3,000 acres to play on, across and down and it’s all covered in some of the very finest powder in the world.
As an added bonus for visitors there are dual lift ticket deals that let you go to both Silver Star and Big White Mountain. Talk about more bang for your buck. Even the most experienced skiers will be hard pressed to take in that many trails during one vacation.
Silver Star is really well laid out for skiers and riders. No matter which lift you go up on, there are beginner and intermediate runs from the top of the mountain, and clearly marked trails that are very easy to navigate. The backside of Putnam Creek is famous for its challenging vertical runs and there are several areas that are ideal for beginners and smaller skiers.
One of the great things about Silver Star is the people. The staff really care that guests enjoy themselves and have a memorable stay. Few places have so many compliments about their staff. Silver Star’s past guests rave about times when the staff went above and beyond to drive guest’s home, to follow up on a request during their own time and much more. Guests and staff at Silver Star are always having a great time and generally walking around with grins on their faces.
In fact, Silver Star was named the “Best Place to Learn from the Pros” by Ski Canada magazine. The instructors will have visitors gliding down that pristine powder in no time at all, having a great, fun, safe time. As a beginner, it’s extremely important to dress right, bring light layers of clothing, a breathable waterproof outer shell, a hat that covers your ears, and a good sense of humor. The folks at Silver Star will be able to provide the rest, from rental gear to the best professional instruction.
Another boon to Silver Star is the weather. When the 23 feet of dry powder isn’t falling, Silver Star experiences sunny days with deep blue skies and an average daytime temperature of 27 degrees F., just enough below freezing to keep the powder dry! Silver Star is an absolutely stunning resort. Great terrain, fantastic amenities, fabulous weather and some of the friendliest staff in the nation are just a few of the many reasons why year after year people flock to Silver Star. It’s a premier ski resort without pretension.
Silver Star Mountain gets about 23 feet of snow per year on its 115 trails. There are over 3,000 skiable acres on the mountain with a vertical drop of about 2,500 feet. The base elevation is just over 3,700 feet and at the peak it reaches an elevation of over 6,200 feet. The trails are designed with about 50% intermediate, 20% beginner and advanced skiers with 10% of the trails designed for expert and very experienced skiers. There are more than a dozen lifts and kilometers of groomed cross-country trails.
Silver Star resort has a progressive terrain park as well as a half-pipe. The terrain park and rail garden cover 16 acres of terrain. There are table tops, spines, step up jumps, flats, minis, and boxes and a variety of features designed to take skiers and riders from beginning skills to more advanced abilities. The terrain park is one of the best in the nation and is spread over 16 acres. It has huge features and many professional videos are filmed at the park.
A local spa is a popular place for guests, but most of the activities in the village are designed for families with kids. There’s a snow tubing park and a pond where you can go ice skating or play ice hockey. Indoor rock climbing is open during the winter and there are snowmobile tours through gladed areas. Carnival nights at the ski resort are popular and fireworks shows are frequent occurrences.
The resort is located in a pedestrian-only village that’s designed to be walker friendly. The atmosphere is extremely laidback and easy going and most of the nightspots and areas where you can enjoy après ski have the same aura. Because it’s pedestrian only, every restaurant, bar and attractions are ski-in/ski-out, which means this area is a skier and rider’s dream.
Silver Star resort is north of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. Right off Highway 97, it’s an easy resort to get to by car or bus, with flights coming direct from Calgary and Toronto into nearby Kelowna. The flights from Toronto are known as the Skiers Shuttle as they’re often used by ski vacationers. Silver Star resort often offers special ski discounts to those who fly certain airlines. Shuttle and bus services from the airports are available. To drive to Silver Star, follow Highway 97 to Vernon and then take 48th avenue. follow that until Silver Star Road then continue on for about 12 miles to the resort.