The Silver Star Ski Resort in BC Canada has a charming magic about it. The village area of the Silver Star Mountain Resort has quaint colourful buildings and the resort is a bit like a mini Disneyland for skiing and snowboarding. Combined with lots of child friendly amenities and activities, it’s no wonder that Silver Star Canada is a really popular choice for a family ski holiday.
Silver Star Ski Resort Terrain
Silver Star might be a cute ski resort, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this is just a little wee ski hill with a few beginner runs for the kids. The lay-out can provide the feeling of compactness because it’s reasonably easy to keep track of the family, but with 1,240 hectares and 115 marked runs, the size of the Silver Star Mountain Resort is definitely not small.
For such a large ski resort, surprisingly Silver Star Mountain only has 6 main lifts, with 10 in total. In addition to 3 wonder carpets for the little powder puppies, there are 4 high-speed chair lifts.
The trail statistics are 15% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced, and 10% expert. Strong intermediate riders in particular will love to ski Silver Star
on the many blue runs as well as some of the black runs, and the resort also caters very well to beginners.
Putnam Creek on the backside of Silver Star Mountain has lots of terrain for advanced riders, although with only one lift (and a T-bar) servicing the area, the entry and egress to many of the runs can feel a bit repetitive. This area has several double black diamond runs that are reasonably challenging, although expert skiers and snowboarders will probably find much better Canadian ski resorts
Silver Star Snow and Weather
The location of Silver Star Mountain is ideal for great snow. The ski resort receives 7 metres of snowfall on average, and the quality of the Silver Star snow is generally rather dry. The locals love to boast and call it “champagne powder”.
The temperatures are perfect; cold enough to keep the snow in pristine condition, yet mild enough that you don’t freeze your butt off!
Compared to Big White Ski Resort
(aka Big White Out!), the weather and the visibility are much better at the Silver Star Resort, and the ski area is largely below the treeline which affords protection from the elements.
Where is Silver Star Canada?
The Silver Star ski resort is located in the Okanagan Valley, 22 km (14 miles) northeast of Vernon in BC. Silverstar is 464km northwest of Vancouver and 574km west of Calgary.
Kelowna International Airport is the main gateway airport for the Silver Star Resort, only 65km (40 miles) away. From the airport there are various shuttle services that can be organized as part of a Silver Star ski package
Big White ski resort
is located in the same region 125km away, and is easily accessible via shuttle buses.
Silver Star Accommodation
Silver Star Ski Resort has a variety of lodging available including lots of condos, lodges, vacation homes, and several hotels. Some of the Silver Star accommodations
are centred around the mid-mountain village and are conveniently ski-in ski-out. There are also sprawling collections of houses and condos, many of these near the top of the Silver Queen chair.
Ski Resort Facilities
The village is very unique, very colourful, and looks like it is from a film set. It’s sort of quaint but also a little on the garish side – we’ll let you form your own opinion! The pedestrian-only village is mid-mountain so it is conveniently ski-in ski-out, and it’s very compact so it’s easy to navigate and there’s no fear of getting lost.
The village only has a handful of restaurants, shops and the required resort facilities such as equipment rentals, ski school, and a child care centre. There are also a couple of pubs, but this mountain is not party central and has a reasonably quiet nightlife.
Why Ski Silver Star Canada?
Silver Star BC is a great all-round ski resort, and the cost of a Silver Star ski holiday is reasonably inexpensive.
There’s a focus on family with lots of activities for the children and organised events such as fireworks, movie nights, family bingo and carnival nights. It’s easy to see why the Powderhounds have given Silver Star Ski Resort a Best Skiing in Canada
award for its family friendliness.
This isn’t just a great holiday destination for the little folks though. Grown ups will love it, and those of us that haven’t quite grown up yet will also enjoy it.