Ramblings about places and adventures from syndicated travel journalist Jim Fox
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
What's new at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon, British Columbia
all-inclusive pass, bowling alley and ladies-only heliski package are
only a taste of what is on offer this year at Silver Star
VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA, August 30, 2012 –
This will be a winter to remember at Silver Star Mountain Resort with
so many new offerings complimenting the 700 centimeters of champagne
powder that falls annually on its slopes.
Highlighting the season is the
introduction of Canada’s first all-inclusive season’s pass and day
ticket and Western Canada’s largest groomed XC trail system. Whether
it’s challenging the resort’s new bowling alley, combining skiing and
golf with the Ski to Tee package or gathering the girls for a heliski
program aimed just at the ladies, Silver Star is poised for yet another
exciting season. NEW My1Pass
honor of its’ ten-millionth skier visit, Silver Star Mountain Resort
introduces Canada’s 1st all-inclusive season pass and day ticket. In
addition to unlimited skiing and snowboarding on more than 3065 acres of
incredible terrain, all Silver Star alpine season passes and lift
tickets now include FREE upgrades allowing unlimited access to 55 km of
Pristine Nordic trails, 16 km of marked snowshoe trails, Tube Town
Adventure Park and Ice skating on Brewer’s Pond.
NEW Dual Area XC Pass and Camps
Star and neighboring Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre will now provide a
Dual Area XC Trail Pass and co-host early season XC camps. This
unprecedented step now places the combined 'Super Trail System' on
Silver Star Mountain as the largest groomed XC trail system in Western
Canada and second largest in the country. Nordic skiers of all abilities
can now access a combined 105 kilometers of groomed and track set
trails on one pass. The resorts new Super Camps offer the best in early
season training. Known for some of the best early snow in the world
they’re guaranteed to launch your ski season on the right track!
NEW Head Pins Bowling Alley at FireLight Lodge
for the 2012-13 winter season, Head Pins Bowling will offer 3 lanes of
10 pin bowling to guests of the resort. Along with bowling the venue
will include a small licensed restaurant offering casual dining. This
will be a great off the snow activity for families in an area already
famous for fun family things to do.
NEW Ladies Only Heliskiing Package
year one of offering amazing heliskiing in the Monashee Mountains,
Silver Star will be at it again next year offering a Chromosome X Only
Heli Skiing package that features breakfast at Bugaboos sinfully
delicious bakery café, a women’s only day of heliskiing, a fun après
bragging session and picture slide show, all wrapped up with a relaxing
massage at the Ousia Day Spa.
NEW Snowshoeing at Silver Star
Star has just opened 16kms of single-track trails weaving in and around
the forested area around the village. Trails are of varying difficulty
and are clearly marked with hand carved wooden signs and reflective
markers so they may be used at night. Trail passes are $7 for adults and
$5 for seniors & children or FREE with a valid alpine pass.
NEW Ski to Tee Package
the best of both worlds in the Okanagan valley where you can go from
skiing all natural silky smooth Silver Star snow to teeing it up at one
of Vernon’s golf courses in about 30 minutes. Every year at the end of
March (Mother Nature dependent) this amazing collision of two of these
two favorite sports happens.
NEW Family Day on Sunday
something special about Sunday mornings in the Okanagan when it’s not
the alarm clock you wake to, but the aroma of homemade waffles that
wakes you and the anticipation of a day reserved for one thing only –
family time. Now Sundays are even more special with Silver Star’s
“Family Day” where one adult and two children can rent all the gear they
need and explore the entire mountain for just $129. We understand
there’s no such thing as a ‘regular family’ so we’ve made it easy to add
on adults (for just $55) and children (for just $35). Package includes
full mountain access lift ticket and standard rental equipment
(skis/board, boots & poles).
Wine Festival - 3rd Annual Wine and Dine at Silver Star
and enlighten your taste-buds with the 3rd Annual Wine & Dine at
Silver Star. This event comes complete with a unique food and wine
pairing dinner, seminars, including ‘taste like a pro’ hosted by the
Okanagan’s own sommelier Rainer Wilkins and an amazing chocolate making
session, a ‘Tasting Extraordinaire’ evening exhibiting more than 20 of
the Okanagan’s finest wineries, local restaurants and a silent auction.
The Dark Side of the Star
Star definitely has a backside that will challenge any hardcore
enthusiast. With over 60 runs serviced by the high-speed Powder Gulch
Quad, Putnam Creek is renowned for black diamond runs and deep powder
snow that will test even the most fervent skier or snowboarder.
Winch-cat grooming nightly creates steep fall line cruising that will
leave you breathless.
Nordic Ladies Only Retreat
an unintimidating approach to improving XC skills, fantastic spa
treatments, and even some tips on planning and cooking healthy meal
options, this “Nordic Retreat Package” is an experience not to be
missed. Packages start at $299 and include 2-nights accommodation in a
trailside hotel, 2-day trail pass, welcome reception, 2.5 hour group
lesson, lunch for the day of the camp, stretch class and massage, and a
session with one of Silver Star’s top chef’s.
Located a short
55-minute drive from Kelowna and Kelowna International Airport, the
award-winning Silver Star Mountain Resort is recognized as being one of
Canada’s best family resorts. For more information or reservations,
call 1-800-663-4431 or visit us online at www.skisilverstar.com.