Silver Star Resort (now owned by the same opperator as Big White) is located near Vernon B.C.
************ The Village*****************
is an interesting collection of "victorian style" town house painted in an eclectic mix of bright blues, yellows and pinks.This lends itself to the very fairy tale cartoon feel to the place. The Village is a pedestrian only one and that gives the area a realaxed feel. It is located on the side of the ski area and as such enables you to ski in and out of it.
*******National Altitude Training center*****
Silver Star is the home of the national altitude training center and as a result there are some pretty cool things to do there that are not on offer at every ski resort
. Such as taking advantage of the Indoor climbing wall. It is located in the training center. There you will also find a weight training room and the stage that resort staff display their talents on to keep guests entertained.
******** Alternate Activities**********
Like most of the resorts
these days clients are demanding other activities to keep the non skier members of their group happy. Silver Star has paid attention to this growing trend and you will find
ice skating ($3.50 canadian) on a huge pond. Rentals
are also available.
Tubing ($3.50 - $19.00) depending on one run or three hours. It is a great way to enjoy the spring aftenoon when all you want is a little sunsine and a non energetic excuse to be outside. The tubes are like big inflated inner tubes from truck tires
and there is a lift that tows you back up to the top. It is sort of the "modern version" pf tobogganing. There are lanes that you go down the hill in.
there is also snowshoeing, cross
country skiing, ( in my opinion silver star is the best location to choose if you prefer nordic
as this is the reson for the altitude centers location)
Helicopter rides, you can now get a trip to the sister mountain (big white)
There are sleigh rides, a spa facility and snowmobiling.
As for myself. When I am at Silver star I only ski there so I can not give you more details on the quality of the services offered in the non skier related activities. The skiing however....let me tell you!
Putnam Creek is the best for challenges. there are several runs to choose from that all funnel down to the chair lift
in that valley. My favourite runs down what I am sure is a creek
bed in the summer time. Most of the runs on this side have moguls with a few groomed ones to keep those with less skill happy.
If you are looking for more cruising
and less of a challenge then choose the front side of the mountain where you will be taken to the top in what has become silver starts newest bragging right.. the commet express. The largest sixperson chairlift in Canada
Vance creek is another wide open area to go to for cruising.
One of the things that I don't like about silver star is that the front side is often quite busy and there are many intersecting runs.. it makes me a bit nerverous to know that ppl could be popping out anywhere on the way down and with the large blind side of a snowboard
it can make for some interesting encounters ..