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Reviews for SilverStar
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I skied the 2020-21 season and had a great time. A good thing about the resort is the location, it rarely gets real cold here (-20c and below) so daytime temperatures are mostly 0c to -10c. The snow is excellent and the grooming is spot on. I think the variety of runs from beginner to expert would please all levels of skiers. The area is approximately 5 square miles so it takes a few days to explore all the terrain. Its good, try it out!!... Full Review
I am convinced Silver Star is the most undervalued resort in North America.
Prices are a fraction of other resorts and it has over 3000 acres of terrain. It has all the necessities in brightly colored ski village from a gourmet restaurant to middle of the road dining. Silver Star is especially good for families with the large variety of activities, ice skating on a natural pond, the most extensive nordic trail system on the continent, snowmobiling, and great mountain biking and hiking in the summer.
The Kelowna airport is only 45 minutes, door to door. There are over an hundred wineries along the shores of nearby 84 mile long Lake Okanagan. Silver Star has it all.... Full Review
Great skiing for all levels.
Wonderful helpful staff. ... Full Review
I am a Trip Leader with the Bluewater Ski Club and we spent a week at Silver Star second week of March. Snow conditions were fantastic. Made sure to get early lifts to enjoy the great groomed runs. Great hill for the intermediate and beginner skier. Advanced skiers in the group enjoyed the challenging black and double blacks. Nice village with many places to grab a snack and beverage. I would highly recommend Long Johns Pub for its great atmosphere and service. The express lunch is served hot and right away. Had a steak there for dinner one night and it was perfect. Stayed at the Chilcoot Lodge and enjoyed it very much. Kitchen is not very big but you can still cook a great meal. Beds were like sleeping in a cloud, and had a great view of the mountains. I would definitely return to Silver Star with or without our Club.
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An excellent resort that is very family friendly, lots of beginner/intermediate terrain along with numerous challenging double blacks in the Putnam Creek back chair.... the double black entrances are not extreme but provide substantial challenge... glade skiing is superb....a .brand new gondola ensures that lineups are generally non existent...large skiable acreage often makes it feel that you are alone on the hill... Okanagan temps are generally cold enough to ensure the snow is excellent without the extreme cold of the Rockies or the potential rain of coastal hills... ... Full Review
1. Great ski in ski out resort
2. Good range of ski runs, and the lifts are quick
3. Perfect place to accommodate for a large group or families
4. A large range of outdoor actives from skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, tube slopes and more
In summary, I loved it and will go back again.... Full Review
Friendly staff, quaint village with reasonable prices. Skating and Tube Town, even a bowling alley. The kids love it, and there's some nice runs on the back side that have fresh well after a dump. Short lines (Worst was about 5 min over the Christmas break) if you even have to wait. ... Full Review
Ski Patrol doesn't try to police the kamikaze idiots straight lining with wide rocker skis on busy runs. Jump off cliffs into other runs without looking. I thinks some of the worst offenders are the free style clubs. Patroller was on a run with us and just ignored the wildness. ... Full Review
In March we spent 2 weeks skiing in Silver Star and it was amazing! The resort is very small compared to European resorts or larger N. American resorts such as Whistler or Vail. It is located in the Okanagen region, an hours drive from Kelowna Airport or 5 hours drive from Vancouver.
In fact it has just 5 chair lifts but the variety of runs off each lift was impressive. On the frontside of the mountain there were ample greens and blue runs for you to cruise around on and perfectly suited to beginners and intermediates. In the Silverwoods area it is all about tree skiing with wide open gladed areas and also some tighter trees for those who like to turn quickly between them. On the backside is where the fun happens with lots of blacks and double blacks for any level of skier to be challenged. And the snow that covers the runs is superb, light, fluffy powder that falls from the sky regularly.
The village, like the resort, is small but perfectly formed. All the buildings are painted bright colours and it has a very romantic charm. Accommodation can found to suit all budgets but we managed to find an absolute bargain condo on ownerdirect.com. The condo like almost all others in the resort was ski in/ski out which is brilliant, modern furnishings and had it’s own hot tub!
We booked the kids in to ski school for morning lessons for a week and ourselves in for two morning lessons.The kids had the best time with them actually asking to go back for the afternoons! The instructors had a great rapport with the children and very patient and understanding. They made the lessons fun while teaching them some great skills and technique and we saw their skiing improve leaps and bounds. Our instructor was also great, as we are advanced skiers we just wanted a few tips to tidy up our skills and we had certainly got that, we even got filmed and had an opportunity to watch it back with the instructor which really helps you to see what we were doing wrong. I would return to Silver Star for the ski school alone! Seriously can’t recommend it enough!
There is a good variety of dining options and bars/pubs but no nightclubs as the resort is much more suited to families. Our favourite apres stop was Long Johns, where a pitcher of beer will only set you back $12 and a huge burger with the best sweet potato fries for another $15. We also loved The Den which is a bistro style restaurant and bar with main courses around $25 and drinks are very reasonably priced with again a pitcher costing only $12. If you want to cook for yourself or get bored of the on mountain offerings the large town of Vernon is a 20 minute drive down the mountain.
The lift pass is called the ‘My One Pass’ as all for the same price you get access to the ski lifts, nordic trails, tubing and ice skating! They have really positioned themselves as a fantastic family resort and also have a climbing wall and a bowling alley.
Next year we are definitely going back. There is enough at Silver Star to keep you entertained for at least a week and you could combine your trip with other nearby resorts such as Big White (about 1.5 hours drive away), Revelstoke (2 hrs) and Sun Peaks (2.5 hrs).... Full Review