Silver Star in British Columbia, Canada has a Victorian styled village centre that is compact and car-free. All of the buildings are brightly painted in a variety of different colours and there are wooden sidewalks with gas lighting – It’s a great atmosphere!
Do You Want A Family-Friendly Resort?
If you do, then Silver Star is as good as you will get. When you see the words “family resort” many people automatically think “small”. However, Silver Star has the third largest ski area in Canada with runs to suit all abilities. There is a good nursery slope area near the village called The Zone and it has a magic carpet and some nearby green runs to progress to. The Snowsports School has a wide range of classes for all abilities with Star Kids Daycare providing activities for kids from 18 months to five years, and which operates seven days a week. The Snowsports School has a dedicated team of instructors, claimed to be the most highly trained in Canada, and offers lessons at all levels in alpine skiing, freeriding, snowboarding, telemark, and Nordic. How Is Life On The Piste? The mountain has four main linked sectors.
The Vance Creek area is served by the Comet chair which starts below the village and has mainly fairly easy intermediate runs. From Vance Creek it is possible to ski to the Silver Woods high speed quad which covers an area of intermediate runs. From the top of the Comet chairlift you can also access the Attridge area which has some easy runs and also some short, but steep black runs. The Comet chairlift also links to the rear of the mountain which is the Putnam Creek area which has some blue runs and a lot of steep single and double black runs. On Fridays and Saturdays there is night skiing available. Putnam Creek also has groomed black runs and at least two are groomed every night. Heli-skiing is available as well.
During the week there is usually no problem of queues for the lifts, but at the weekends it gets busy and you may have to wait for the Putnam Creek and Comet chairlifts. There is also a terrain park of 16 acres called Rockstar Park on Vance Creek which is suitable for all abilities. Silver Star also boasts the “best Nordic skiing in North America” with no less than 105km of trails. The resort has an average of 7m of snow each year, which is not as much as some resorts, but it is sufficient.
What About Accommodation?
The Lord Aberdeen Hotel is in the village centre and has one, two, and three bedroom apartment style suites. All rooms have cable TV, DVD, Wi-Fi, Balcony, and most units have a fireplace. In addition, bike storage is available, and there is use of a shared sauna, hot tub, and shared laundry facility. Some apartments are pet friendly for which an extra fee is charged. Snowbird Lodge offers a range of suites from a studio one bedroom to a three bedroom platinum suite which sleeps 8 – 9. Most of the suites described as Executive, Executive Plus, and Platinum offer a balcony and private outdoor hot tub and private laundry facilities. All have TV, DVD, and fireplace, while the larger suites also all have a fully fitted kitchen.
What About the Apres Scene?
Silver Star is not as busy on the apres scene as some other resorts. Indeed, some reports say that the village is fairly quiet at night. It is certainly nowhere as busy as, say, Whistler. However, Long Johns Pub, located in the Lord Aberdeen Hotel is open from 11.00am to midnight and has live entertainment in mid-week. The Red Antler claims to be THE venue for live music from local and international bands. It is open from 11.00am to “late”. It offers locally sourced foods, wines from the Hester Creek Winery, and no less than 11 beers and a cider.
Den Bar And Bistro has live music on Tuesday, and Thursday through to Sunday evenings, and has a Rib night on Tuesdays and Global Spice Night on Thursdays serving such delicacies as Moroccan lamb, Kerala fish curry, and Halibut coconut curry. 1609 Restaurant and Lounge is based in Vance Creek Hotel and opened in 2014. It provides a wide range of craft beers, and a selected wine list including local Okanagan wines such as Blasted Church and Arrowleaf Cellar. It also has themed party nights with live music and local DJ’s. You can also take a sleigh ride dinner tour to the Wild Horseman’s Cabin which claims to serve the best homemade hot cocoa and hot cider you will ever taste, followed by a BBQ buffet dinner “fit for a king”.
Is There Much In The Way Of Non-Skiing Activities?
Certainly. On the mountain there is snowshoeing, ice skating, and tubing.You can also go fat biking on bikes with fat tyres to cope with the snow. There is a shopping shuttle, snowmobiling, and hockey games. In addition there is a bowling alley, a climbing wall for the kids, yoga classes, and the Silver Star Museum, so there is plenty to keep you occupied when you’re not on the mountain.