Silver Star Mountain Resort, Vernon, Photo Destination BC Blake Jorgensen

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Silver Star Mountain

Silver Star Mountain Resort is an award winning year-round resort having been voted the Best Ski Resort and the Best Family Resort in the Okanagan region for several years. Located near Vernon it 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. In the summer, the hillsides spring to life with a brilliant array of wildflowers and the trails offer opportunities for all activity levels. The colourful Victorian-inspired village is nestled on the side of Silver Star Mountain and offers an eclectic mix of cafes, shops and more.

Hiking Silver Star Mountain in the Summer

Hiking Silver Star Mountain in the Summer

Location

Silver Star Mountain Resort is located 22 km (14 mi) northeast of Vernon via Hwy 97 and east on Silver Star Road.

Mountain Biking at Silver Star

Mountain Biking at Silver Star

A Step Back in Time

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 in 1990 the Silver Queen chair was built to serve as the bunny hill.  Significant growth has taken place since that time and today there are 132 ski runs on some 3,200 acres offering skiing opportunities from the beginner to the extreme.

Contact Information

Silver Star Mountain
www.skisilverstar.com

Silver Star Mountain & Nearby Accommodations

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Holiday Park Resort
Gallagher Lake | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort
Nk'MIP (Inkameep) Campground & RV Park
The Pinnacles Suites

The Pinnacles Suites

Silver Star Mountain

Situated in the heart of Silver Star Mountain, The Pinnacles Suites & Townhomes provides guests with units that feature home necessities and luxury amenities. Fantastic panoramic views of the slopes and mountains, guests are spoiled with direct ski in and ski out access right at your door step. Our ... Read more
Cedar Falls Campground & RV Park

Cedar Falls Campground & RV Park

Vernon

Tent or RV among beautiful cedar trees across from BX Falls and trails. Family-friendly. Located next to Vernon's city limits and enroute to Silver Star Mountain. Sites with firepits, seasonal store, laundromat with dishwashing area, washrooms with coin showers are all renovated. 30/50 amp. Serviced ... Read more
Swan Lake RV Resort

Swan Lake RV Resort

Vernon

Swan Lake RV Resort is a luxury "Big Rig" RV Resort. Sites available daily, weekly, monthly. Full hookup, 30/50 amp, cable, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, laundry, washrooms, free showers, library, clubhouse, store and WiFi. ... Read more
Swan Lake RV Park & Campground

Swan Lake RV Park & Campground

Vernon

Situated on the quiet, west side of Swan Lake in a rural setting only 5 km N. of Vernon. Plenty of trees, away from trains and highways. Firepits and firewood available, warm coin showers, pedal boats and swim dock free to use. Seasonal rates available. ... Read more
Historic O'Keefe Ranch

Historic O'Keefe Ranch

Vernon

Just across the bridge from the heritage attraction site, visitors will find ten serviced campsites with water and power, no sewer. On the heritage site, visitors will find washrooms and two rustic cowboy showers. Reservations strongly recommended. ... Read more
Silver Star RV

Silver Star RV

Vernon

On Hwy 97, 1 km N of Vernon WalMart turn left or 1 km S of Truck Weigh Station turn right, on Swan Lake. Wide back-ins. Cable, sewer, 30/50 amp. Laundry, canoe rentals, basketball hoops, mini-store, wifi hot spot only, firepits, free warm showers, heated pool. Close to all amenities. CP 10 days, 50% ... Read more
Lumby Lions Campground

Lumby Lions Campground

Lumby

Located in the picturesque Village of Lumby, the campground is located only 3 blocks from downtown. Campground Hosts at your service. This in town campground has treed sites on Duteau Creek, hiking trails, showers/washroom facilities, fire rings, charge $5, free firewood. Ball park, tennis courts, o ... Read more
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