SilverStar Ski Resort Guide
SilverStar mountain resort is known for its great snow and perfect temperatures.
There are very few ski resorts in Canada in which any level of skier can find so many slopes tailored to their needs.
The town council ensures all of the structures are painted in bright colours giving the whole town a unique, fun vibe.
Nestled mid-mountain in an alpine meadow, the charming and colourful village of SilverStar is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination. Whether you are interested in the miles and miles of daily groomed, pristine cross-country ski trails, or the 132 marked downhill ski runs, SilverStar does not disappoint.
SilverStar is located one hour from the Kelowna International Airport in the Shushwap Highland of the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia.
The village itself is made up of fun, brightly coloured shops and restaurants, and in the evening the lights twinkling on all of the buildings make it a magical experience. It is located mid mountain, making it a true ski-in/ski-out village.
There is no need for renting a car, as there are free shuttle buses to transport people up to the pedestrian-only village. Lodging here is mostly holiday homes that can be let, although there are a handful of ski-in/ski-out hotels.
Shopping is quite limited as the village is fairly small and, unless you are shopping for ski gear, you won’t find brand name fashions. There is, however, a small grocery store and a few places to pick up unique Okanagan souvenirs.
On the slopes
SilverStar ski resort opened in 1981 and has been a popular ski destination ever since. The resort as a whole is deceptively large. With over 13km2 of skiable terrain, SilverStar is the third largest ski resort in Canada.
The ski resort is separated into four distinct areas. Although you can find a fairly easy way down (or difficult way down) from any of the lifts, some areas are definitely more suited to experts.
Vance Creek has a host of green and blue slopes making it the best place to be if you are a beginner skier. Attridge offers a multitude of black diamond runs and caters to those who love glade and tree skiing. Silverwoods is packed full of blue runs, making it perfect for intermediate skiers.
Putnam Creek is located on the backside of the mountain and, with its steep slopes and moguls, it is an expert skiers playground.
Unfortunately, there is only one chair lift servicing the double black diamond runs, so needless to say the lines can get quite long.
At five thigh-burning kilometres, Eldorodo is the longest run and Free Fall is generally regarded as the most difficult slope.
The ski season generally runs from late November to mid-April.
If you are looking for a place to party all night, you may find Silver Star lacking. However, the Red Antler does have a large dance floor and does its best to keep up a high-energy vibe in evening crowd.
The Den Bar and Bistro is a cosy pub and the perfect place to come for live music. Long John’s is a local favourite and welcomes families – this can potentially be a plus or a minus depending on the makeup of your group.
Amongst other casual fare such as burgers, hotdogs and chicken fingers, Long John’s serves up huge platters of poutine for the whole group. Haven’t heard of poutine? It’s a dish of Canadian origin, consisting of chips covered in cheese curds and brown gravy – not suitable for anyone watching calories, to say the least.
If you are searching for something more sophisticated and classy it is difficult to beat the gourmet food at Silver Grill.