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Silver Star Mountain - Canadian Ski Resort (1610m to 1920m)
Silver Start has two ski areas - Vance Creek and the newer Putnam Creek. The resort has an 1890s style base village and operates what was the longest detachable quad in Canada. Silver Star has tripled in size in the past decade and is continuing to expand now under joint ownership with neighboring Big White. It doesn't bother much with snow making because its totally unnecessary - getting so much of the natural stuff. Silver Star is also a world renowned early-season cross country ski centre, particularly popular with Canadian and US cross-country and biathlon teams.
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The Canadian ski resort of Silver Star Mountain has direct access to 84 individual pistes, served by 8 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 8 Ski Lifts of Silver Star Mountain are able to uplift 12,100 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Silver Star Mountain are perfectly feasible. Kelowna Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Silver Star Mountain
Silver Star has two ski areas - the original ski hill at Vance Creek above the village and Putnam Creek, known as Canada's hottest backside.
Vance Creek, the south face, features mostly beginner and intermediate runs with a few short sharp expert runs through the trees. Beginners can get an easy start with runs slopeside and progressive trails accessed by the Comet Pack Express, This Leitner-Poma built lift was added at a cost of $5.2 million Canadian dollars in 2002. At 1,763 meters in length it can carry up to 2,600 skiers and boarders per hour. There are wide, mostly south facing slopes surrounding the village, all easy to access from the accommodation.
Putnam Creek, best known as Canada's hottest backside, is home to some of the most challenging terrain anywhere. When it opened a high speed quads in 1991, it accesses steep and narrow chutes with names like Pipeline, Headwall, Freefall and Holy Smokes - there are more than 60 runs in all with some of the steepest groomed nightly by winch-secured groomers, creating wonderful fast, steep cruising for those capable of handling it. And on a powder day, there are few places to match it.
Under the direction of Norman Kreutz, Canada's foremost teacher of teachers, Silver Star's Snowsport School is regarded as the premier ski & board school in the country. Silver Star's highly certified professionals provide a training and learning experience unlike any other. They have some of the best pros in Canada to show you how much fun skiing and snowboarding can be.
Night skiing is available over a 300 metre vertical and other facilities on the slopes include free mountain tours. Terrain features at the resort include a halfpipe, expanded progressive terrain park, aerial training site, family fun race centre and moguls course.
Skiers wishing to visit neighbouring resorts will find Sun Peaks to the north and Apex and Big White to the south; the latter on a dual-mountain lift ticket.
Cross country skiers have extensive trails to enjoy. There are two trail systems, one leaving from the village and another that is lift accessed from the Summit; giving more than 60km (37 miles) of trails. Five kilometres of the tracks are floodlit for night skiing. The facilities and abundant snow cover are impressive enough to attract the Canadian National team for regular early-season training.
Snowboarding in Silver Star Mountain
Silver Star has a progressive pipe, park and rider programme ranging from glades and natural terrain features on Attridge, to the steep and deep chutes and natural black-diamond halfpipes of Putnam Creek.
Silver Star Mountain Aprés Ski
The resort endeavours to cater for every mood with everything from rustic pub style bars and lounges to the live DJ music at the Vance Creek Saloon. The list of options continues to grow.
Options include Charlie's Bar, a cozy après-ski bar with a warm and inviting fireplace or Long John's Pub in the Lord Aberdeen Hotel. Long John's is a 100-seat pub with a cozy mining theme. The intimate Wine Cellar Lounge again has rustic charm and is located on the lower level of the Putnam Station Inn.
The resort's key après hot spot remains Vance Creek Saloon which features a DJ and live music, the saloon is the place to go for an evening of fun. With a pool table and darts this western saloon also has light meals and snacks.
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Silver Star Mountain in brief
Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Opened : November 24, 2012
Closed : April 7, 2013
Opening Subject To Snow Conditions.
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