Boasting true Canadian charm, SilverStar ski resort has beautifully coloured buildings and a vast amount of terrain for skiers and boarders alike to explore. The resort itself has a huge 3,269 acres of terrain and 128 marked slopes all for your enjoyment. SilverStar is renowned for its fantastic snow with a whopping seven metres on average every year. The unique and colourful buildings are visible from up on the slopes and skiers will feel as though they are looking down onto a miniature film set. The pedestrian only village is perfect for families and groups, especially with the large variety of terrain, ranging from cruisy blues to challenging double blacks.
SilverStar has a wide variety of accommodation, including condos, hotels and apartments. Many of these are centred around the mid mountain village and are ski-in ski-out, making SilverStar perfect for those looking to maximise their time on the slopes and lose the hassle of having to travel to the pistes. The village itself has a great handful of restaurants, shops and resort amenities such as equipment hire, ski school and child care. However, this part does not boast many bars or pubs, making nightlife reasonably quiet. This means SilverStar is perfect for families with younger children, or for groups that are looking for more relaxed après ski.
This resort is perfect for those looking to explore new terrain, and at SilverStar there is more than enough to ski a new slope every single day.
Resort Altitude: 1,609m (5,280ft)
Resort Skiing: The summit of SilverStar is 1,915m (6,280ft) above sea level. The vertical drop of SilverStar is 760m (2,500ft).
Total Ski Area:
Lifts: 6 main lifts with 10 in total. There are 3 wonder carpets and 4 high-speed chair lifts.
Green Runs: 15%
Blue Runs: 40%
Red Runs: 35%
Black Runs: 10%
There are a variety of different passes available, including multiday passes and season passes. There are also several add-ons that can be purchased, including bus passes, ice skating, tubing and cross country skiing.
SilverStar is in the North Okanagan Regional District of British Columbia. The season runs from late November to mid-April depending on the weather and snow quality. For those looking for a change from carving up bashed pistes, why not try your hand at Cross Country skiing, with more than 105km pf daily groomed trails, SilverStar boasts the largest trail network in Canada.
There are four distinct areas for skiers to explore: Vance Creek, Attridge, Silver Woods and Putnam Creek. Vance Creek offers most of the beginner and intermediate runs, making it the busiest face of the mountain. Attridge is a small area beside Vance Creek, offering a wide variety of glade and groomed runs. Silver Woods is the most recent expansion of the resort and offers many intermediate runs. Finally, Putnam Creek, which is perfect for those looking for much more challenging terrain. This mountain face offers mainly black diamond and double black diamond runs consisting of steep lines with moguls and tree skiing.
There is also a terrain park in SilverStar. This park consists of an extensive rail garden and an assortment of table-top and step-up jumps for every ability, making it the perfect location to try building your confidence in parks for the first time, or brush up on your technique.
SilverStar offers a great range of ski school options. The ‘Just for Kids’ ski school is perfect for keeping children busy all day with both ski and snowboard programs. There is an option for group programs, private coaching, day care, as well as other winter activities to keep children happy.
For adults looking to learn, or even just improve technique, there is the ‘Just for Adults’ program. The highly skilled instructors will happily take both private and group lessons and pass on their wealth of knowledge.
SilverStar is not party-central and is reasonably quiet. There is some nightlife available, but it is not loud or rowdy as it might be in other resorts.
For those looking for some après ski, Long John’s is a great place to play pool, stay on for dinner or for a few drinks. The Bulldog Café and The Den are also great bars for après drinks or drinks after dinner.