In 2015 Silver Star Mountain Resort was voted the Best Ski Resort and the Best Family Resort in the Okanagan region for the third consecutive year. This award winning year-round resort, located near Vernon, British Columbia, has the third largest ski area in the province and is a favourite with skiers, mountain bikers, hikers and practically anyone who enjoys the outdoors amid stunning scenery. The colourful Victorian-inspired village is nestled on the side of Silver Star Mountain and provides ski-in, ski-out access. It encompasses an eclectic mix of accommodations, stores, restaurants & cafes as well as an art gallery.
In winter, the champagne powder brings skiers of every level to experience some of the 130 runs amid 1,328 hectares (3,282 acres) of diverse terrain. In the summer, biking enthusiasts come to experience one of Canada's largest downhill and country bike parks.
Silver Star Mountain Resort is located 22 km (14 mi) northeast of Vernon via Hwy 97 and east on Silver Star Road. By air, fly into Kelowna Airport on one of several daily scheduled flights and catch the quick one-hour shuttle ride up to Silver Star Mountain Resort's village.
The charming, Victorian inspired village offers convenient ski-in, ski-out access to Silver Star's boutique retail shops, restaurants, and cafes. The village offers an excellent selection of lodging including hotels, international ski hostel, vacation homes, and suites and condos each with their own unique style and warm hospitality.
If you are in the mood for some fun, come and visit the Adventure Park. Whether it is a thrilling tube ride, ice skating on the outdoor pond, mini-z riding, snowmobiling, or going on a sleigh ride, the Adventure Park has plenty of fun for the whole family. You'll never run out of things to do! There is also an outdoor fire pit to warm up around while you are sipping your tasty hot chocolate.
Silver Star is blanketed by 7 meters (23 ft) of snow each winter, and is renowned for having dry, feather light champagne powder. Explore 1,328 hectares (3,282 acres) of varied terrain serviced by one of the most modern lift systems in North America. There are 760 vertical meters (2,500 ft) of steeps, deeps, drops, chutes, bowls, glades, natural halfpipes, groomed cruisers and gentle rollers. Plus, the most progressive terrain park in BC. Skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, showshoeing, nordic, mountain tours, snowmobiling and terrain parks are all waiting for you to enjoy.
Silver Star offers some exceptional biking opportunities with over 50 km (31 mi) of downhill trails, ranging from easy to expert. The Comet Express chairlift will whisk you and your bike to the top of the mountain where you have access to over 18 trails. There is also a network of cross-country trails that provide bikers the opportunity to cycle around the village and on the mountain.
Silver Star is growing as a summer destination. Marked hiking trails take you to glorious meadows of wildflowers, and stunning views. Visitors can hike the mountain in both directions or take the chairlift up and walk down.
Geocaching is a popular and growing activity for the whole family and there are a number of hidden treasures on the mountain.
Come and treat yourself to an intimate weekend of wine education, arts, music and mile high outdoor recreation. The Okanagan summer wine festival offers unique wine seminars, great evening entertainment, a foot-stomping musical outdoor wine tasting, lcoal foods and wonderful presentations by local artists
Vernon resident Bert Thorburn became the first person to ski in the Silver Star area in 1930. He rode his bike up to the end of a logging road in the area and then walked a distance following forestry trails to a forest fire lookout. He camped there for the night and skied down the next day. In 1946 the first rope tow was built on Burney Ridge. It was powered by an old four cylinder engine. The cooling system was a 40 gallon water drum hooked up to the radiator. For 50 cents, you could ski all day. In 1958 the final three kilometers of the Silver Star road was pushed through to the current day village area. Construction of two rope-tow lifts and an A-frame day lodge were also built in 1958. In 1959 a poma lift was installed from the 5,000-foot (1,500 m) level at the parking lot to the top of Silver Star Mountain and in 1964 new t-bars were installed to replace the slower rope. The Summit and Yellow Chairs (6,000 feet) were installed In 1967 and 1968, making Silver Star Mountain one of the largest ski areas in Canada.
The first Nordic trails were cleared in 1981 and in 1983 the Putnam Station Hotel was built and became Silver Star's first on-hill hotel. Throughout the rest of the 1980s new hotels and amenities were built on the hill and i 1990 the Silver Queen chair was built to serve as the bunny hill. In 1991 the original Putnam Creek and Vance Creek express quads were built which opened up extensive amounts of terrain. In 2002 Silver Star Mountain Resort invested $10 million in a resort expansion plan featuring: The Comet Express, a $5.2 million, six passenger, high speed, Leitner-Poma chairlift which replaced the Vance Creek quad. The Powder Gulch Express replaced the Putnam Creek quad. $700,000 was also spent on improving Guest Service infrastructure, including a new bakery, a new retail shop, a Wonder Carpet beginner lift, and upgrades to the Tube Park.
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