Most of the interior British Columbia resorts wind up winter lift operations in April. But the province attracts summer travelers for its dramatic mountain scenery in summer and resorts that offer mountain biking, lift rides, hiking, and golf.
Silver Star closes for the season April 4 with its smash-bang annual Dummy Gelundee that brings cheers for the biggest crashes. But those looking for slopes to ski will find operations continuing daily through April 11 at Kicking Horse, Whitewater, Big White, Sun Peaks, Revelstoke, and Panorama.
Some of the resorts re-open for summer lift operations for sightseeing, mountain biking, or hiking. Revelstoke Mountain Resort is new this year in launching summer operations.
Revelstoke announced that the resort plans to open for summer operations July 1 to Sept. 5. The Revelation Gondola will operate daily for scenic rides up Mount Mackenzie for views of the surrounding mountains cut by the Columbia River. Other activities from summer concessionaires may be added for additional outdoor experiences.
Silver Star operates two lifts in summer-one for mountain biking and one for hiking. The Comet Six Pack Express runs for mountain bikers to plummet down 1,600 vertical feet of trails. The lift runs daily June 24 - Sept. 6, then for weekends only Sept. 11-12 and 18-19. The Summit Chair runs for hikers and sightseers to the top of Silver Star Mountain for views of the Monashee Range and Okanagan Valley. Scenic rides run Fridays through Sundays during the mountain bike season.
Panorama Mountain Resort runs a lift for its mountain bike park open weekends June 25 through Labor Day. The park features 15 trail, the longest of which is 3.2 kilometers-and three parks. Bike rentals and lessons are available. The resort also features the Greywolf Golf Course open mid-May through early October. Golfers can get reduced rates for early season and Mondays through Thursdays tee times. Summer golf and stay packages area available, including the Play 3 Stay Free package.