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SILVER STAR

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Silver Star, CANADA has an excellent annual snowfall record of deep dry powder, challenging ski and snowboard terrain and a picture perfect ski in ski out village.

Silver Star Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Silver Star is split into three distinct areas; Vance Creek, Putnam Creek and the recently developed Silver Woods area.

Vance Creek has some advanced steep terrain, groomed wide cruising trails and gentle beginner slopes. Putnam Creek has advanced steep powder chutes, fast runs, big moguls and heavily treed terrain. Silver Woods has mainly intermediate terrain with long groomed trails and wide spaced trees.

All areas are supported by a fast and efficient lift system.

Silver Star and Big White which 60 is miles away are both owned by the same company and have a shared lift pass. An intermountain shuttle bus operates every Thursday between the two resorts.
For information on Big White click here

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Silver Star

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... Silver Star Mountain Resort, BC,Canada/ Martin Olson

Advanced skiers and snowboarders head to the Putnam Creek area for a smorgasbord of tight narrow double black chutes and extreme steeps. Caliper Ridge running directly next to the Powder Gulch Express Chairlift is steep and covered in enormous moguls.

For awesome powder tree skiing and snowboarding go to Attridge Face on the left had side of the Alpine Meadows Chairlift and The Glade Runner trees on the upper right hand side of the Silver Woods Express Chairlift.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Silver Star

50% of the terrain is suited for intermediate skiing and snowboarding at Silver Star. Every lift has at least one intermediate trail leading down from it.

One of the longest and enjoyable trails at Silver Star is Eldorado running from the top of the Comet Six-Pack Express Chairlift along the ridge boundary line all the way to the base of the Powder Gulch Express Chairlift in Putnam Creek. It is well groomed and great for morning warm up runs.

The Silver Woods area is an intermediates paradise the trails are wide, fast and long. An expansion in the 2006/2007 winter season created an additional 360 acres of terrain with 10 new trails all serviced by the Silver Woods Express Chairlift. Trees were hand picked to be removed to help intermediates hone their tree skiing and snowboarding skills.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Silver Star

First time skiers and snowboarders learn in the Discovery Park serviced by a magic carpet lift. The Sliver Star Snowsport School has beginner only programs where they guarantee to have you stopping and turning after your first lesson. They also have group and private lessons for all skiing and snowboarding levels.

Once beginner confidence grows move to the wide and gentle Creekside and Silver Queen trails under the Silver Queen Chairlift. In 2007 the Silver Queen was replaced with a new Dopplemayr quad chairlift doubling the uphill capacity and vastly improving access to the ski in ski out accommodation.

For a long groomed run at the top of the Comet Chairlift turn right to take the Bergerstrasse trail leading down to the Aunt Gladys winding tree lined trail ending at the base of the Powder Gulch Express.

Silver Star Terrain Park and Halfpipe

The Telus Terrain Park and Rail Garden on the Big Dipper trail is spread over 16 acres of terrain with rails, jumps, kickers, tabletops and boxes for all freerider ability levels.

New features are added every season to the terrain park; in 2008 a new halfpipe grooming Pipe Magician was added to the existing grooming fleet to guarantee smooth 13 foot high walls in the halfpipe everyday.

Silver Star also has a race centre, mogul course and an aerial training site.

Silver Star Night Skiing and Snowboarding

Night skiing and snowboarding is available at Silver Star on Friday and Saturday nights. The Summit Chairlift and Silver Queen Chairlift operate between 3.30pm and 8pm. On Friday nights in peak season the night skiing and snowboarding goes until 9pm and includes a fireworks display.

Silver Star Free Guided Mountain Tours

Every day free guided mountain tours set off from the Village at 9.30am and 1.15pm. Guides will show you around the mountain and let you in on a few of the local secret powder spots if you are lucky. The tours are for intermediate and above skiers and snowboarders.

Other Activities at Silver Star

Other activities at Silver Star include snow tubing, horse drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, snow shoeing and snowmobiling tours.

The National Altitude Training Centre has a rock climbing wall, a fitness centre and a day spa offering massage and beauty treatments.

Shopping at Silver Star

There are a variety of shops in the Silver Star Village. Ski Dazzle stocks the latest ski and snowboard equipment and accessories and rental and demo gear.

The village has a photography shop, an art gallery, an outdoor clothing shop, a resort wear and souvenir shop and a grocery and liquor market.

Guests can pre-order groceries at the Aberdeen Market and have them delivered to their condominium before they arrive.

Silver Star Restaurants

The restaurants at Silver Star range from fine dining to pub meals and cafeterias.

On the slopes Paradise Camp at the top of the Powder Gulch Chairlift has a large outdoor sundeck and BBQ area. It is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights serving a la carte dinners. Guests are transported to and from the Camp in a 12 seater snow cat.

The Silver Lode Restaurant serves delicious Swiss and international cuisine; a must try is the Chinese Fondue. All dishes are complemented by an extensive wine list.

The Silver Grill Steak and Chop House serve Alberta beef New York steaks and seafood. The Italian Garden is open for lunch and dinner serving gourmet pizzas and pasta dishes; they can also deliver direct to your lodging.

Take the family to Clementine’s for a Sunday night buffet and live entertainment. Both the Town Hall and Tube Town Cafeterias serve burgers, hot dogs, soups and kids menus.

Silver Star Nightlife

Silver Star has a booming nightlife. Kick off the après ski drinks at The Den Bar; they have live entertainment every day from 4pm onwards. Then move onto the Austrian themed Bulldog Grand Café for a ‘big’ beer and a tasty bar snack before spending the night dancing to live bands or DJs at the Vance Creek Saloon.

For a quiet drink head to the Wine Cellar Lounge or sit by the open fire at Charlie’s Bar.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
6,280
1,915
Base
3,780
1,155
Average Snowfall
275 inches
Lifts
12
Trails
115
3,065 acres
Terrain %
advanced
30
intermediate
50
beginner
20
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
1
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