Powder, variety, skiable village, easy road access, good views
Have to pole a bit
Last Thursday (March 12th, 2009) was one of our best trips to Silver Star. The day was crisp and sunny with fabulous views of the Monashee Mountains and the back side of Big White ski resort. Silver Star has grassy slopes so can be smooth with less snow than Big White - this was a huge advantage when we went in January and the snow was lower than usual (but still good). In March we had fresh powder, wonderful grooming and at the sides of the runs ungroomed powder. I love Christmas Bowl - quiet bowl with grooming in the middle and rough snow at the sides.
The newer Silver Woods slopes are really well maintained and provide a variety of intermediate slopes - some in the woods, some groomed.
I forgot my gloves, but the selection in Ski Dazzle was terrific and the shop assistants most helpful. I bought some great ski gloves. The bakery is terrific with wonderful hazelnut chocolate cake and stuffed croissants, as well as sausage rolls with excellent teas and coffees.
The connectivity of the resort is way better than it used to be - but you do need to pole a little from the backside to get back to the front of the mountain. The alternative is to take a nearly flat T-Bar. You may need to pole from the top of the main lift to get to Christmas Bowl too.
There are some incredibly steep bumpy runs between trees on the back side. There is still plenty for an intermediate skier and Aunt Gladys has some good beginner terrain on the backside.