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- Resorts open before those of many other states
- Home to Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain
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Who cares about snowmaking machines when daytime temperatures in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley – home to Silver Star Resort – stays at -3 Celsius (27 Fahrenheit) and keeps light, powder snow under those slats and boards. It's all natural here.
You'll find what you are looking for, regardless of your ability. Do your skiing or riding thing across 3,000 acres from groomed cruisers to the Putnam Creek steeps and into the Silver Woods glades.
Silver Star’s village is reminiscent of a typical 19th century British Columbian mining town era with Victorian architecture. Boarded sidewalks and brightly colored shop fronts add a unique western flavor.
Accommodations are ski-in, ski-out with condos and hotels. The Snowbird Lodge is luxurious and you also can enjoy some unique Victorian-style vacation homes.
Silver Star averages more than 700 cm of snow annually (23 feet). There are 12 lifts, including a six-pack, four quads, a double, four surface lifts and two tube lifts. You'll ski or ride on 115 marked trails, the majority intermediate, but with plenty of beginner and advanced action.
Enjoy cross-country skiing? Well, members of numerous national teams, including Canada and the U.S., will tell you Big White's Nordic trails are among their favorites.
The resort is 22 km (12 miles) from Vernon. Easiest bet from there is to take the Vernon Airporter to the mountain. Driving? Connect with Highway 97 to Vernon and follow 48th Ave. to Silver Star Road directly to the resort. Airlines will bring you to Kelowna from across Canada and from Seattle.
Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is serviced by many of the top Canadian airlines - Air Canada Jazz, WestJet, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, and Regional 1 Airlines. These carriers are partnered with many international carriers and fly non-stop to Kelowna daily from Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR), Victoria (YYJ), Kamloops (YKA), Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG), Lethbridge (YQL), Red Deer (YQF) and Seattle (SEA). Airport hosts can be found in the arrivals lounge and are identifiable by their yellow vests. Daily frequent and efficient shuttle service is available between the resort and the airport.
Big White and Silver Star are the closest Western Canadian resorts to Toronto, though "close" in Canadian terms is relative. WestJet offers six non-stop flights per week, as well as daily direct flights from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Air Canada, and Air Canada Jazz flights in and out of Kelowna from Calgary and Vancouver are just 40 minutes. You could be skiing within 1.5 hours of arrival.
Take Highway 33 from Kelowna and drive just 35 miles Southeast to Big White. Use Highway 97C from points West into Kelowna and then resume on Highway 33.
Highway 97 from the South takes you along Okanagan Lake into Kelowna and then hop on Highway 33 to Big White.
Big White's Official Kelowna Airport/Big White Shuttle Service will transport you from Kelowna Airport to Big White Ski Resort in no time at all. Big White owns the shuttle service so you can book through Central Reservations (www.bigwhite.com/home_showSection_ID_11_subID_221.html). They will pick you up from the airport and drop you right off outside your accommodation.
You may also use Okanagan Shuttle (250-766-4280; www.okanaganshuttle.com) to and from the Kelowna Airport and hotels.
Big White TELUS Park Express runs between Kelowna and Big White. Details on schedule and pricing can be found at www.bigwhite.com/home_showSection_ID_11_subID_220.html.
There is an extensive on-mountain shuttle system serving skiers and riders with two stops per hour at each location. For details, click on www.bigwhite.com/home_showSection_ID_7_subID_625.html.
V1B 3M1 Silver Star Mountain
Phone: 1(250) 542-0224