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“A family tradition”

SilverStar Mountain Resort
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Owner description: Award-winning SilverStar Mountain Resort is located in the heart of British Columbia’s Thompson Okanagan region. Less than a one-hour drive from Kelowna International Airport (YLW), SilverStar is one of BC's largest ski areas offering 3,282 acres of skiable terrain, a 760 metre vertical drop and annual snowfall of more than 700cm. Recognized as one of Canada’s best destination mountains, SilverStar’s intimate, colourful, mid-mountain village provides true slope-side lodging. A year-round mountain destination, SilverStar’s Bike Park is ranked as one of the premier downhill mountain bike facilities in North Americ
Reviewed November 23, 2009

Fabulous ski resort for families, catering to wide variety of ages and ski abilities. My extended family meets in Vernon for a Christmas week of skiing every year, and there's a range of abilities, beginning preschoolers to advanced adults.

The ski school is great, very professional and friendly instruction. Their kids centre is particularly strong. Lessons begin at age 3 at the tiny bunny hill / magic carpet area right in front of the daycare, and all part of an enclosed area for security. There's a bigger magic carpet and a slope completely dedicated to green runs with its own chair for the next step up. The front face is a very accessible combination of green/blue/black runs, which means as soon as kids can ride the chair, the whole family can ski the same mountain together.

The village is a very pretty place, and nicely laid out so that it feels like there's definitely a town centre where it's easy to meet people. Lots of restaurants and stores with good ski gear and neat toys, and of course the all important candy store for the apres-ski treat purchase for the kids. Restaurants range from OK to pretty good. The food is generally a step up from the horrible cafeteria style catering you see at many big mountain resorts. More on the level of pub fare, and sometimes quite a bit better than that. (I particularly recommend the Paradise Ranch lodge at the top of the Powder Gulch chair - great gourmet burgers & mixed green salad. You can't get fries there, but they have yummy cinnamon buns).

The skiing is extremely enjoyable, if not world class. (Experts will likely prefer the challenges at the new billion-dollar Revelstoke resort nearby.) Tons of powder (last year we got 80 cm over 3 nights, but the days dawned magically clear). The front face has long, steady runs with lots of trees for shelter, although the top is no fun in white-out conditions. When the snow is blowing, however, seek refuge at Silver Woods, which also has some nice cruisers and moguls, but it's quieter and more sheltered. The most challenging skiing is in the Putnam Creek area, with plenty of double diamonds and the occasional blue and a single green for those who took a wrong turn. Lineups are practically non-existent here, and pretty minimal at Silver Woods.

There's tons of apres ski activities, as well as tubing and skating. But we've never had a chance to stay to enjoy them as family have property in the area where we stay. Nevertheless, it's extremely tempting.

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Reviewed August 21, 2009

We have been to Silverstar 10 times in the last 10 years and have had a a great time each visit. We are advid skiers and love the atmosphere. There are accomodtions for all price levels yet the food could be improved. There is a new up-scale grill for dinner which is nice, a great breakfast / lunch spot but there could be a little more variety. The ski runs have something for all levels. Both my children have learned to ski at the ski school and have both become great skiers. We happily make the trip from California each year for the great location, snow and fun!

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Reviewed January 17, 2009

We stayed 2 nights at the Vance Creek property. The kitchen was amazingly equipped with all you would need, down to serving spoons. We should have brought more to prepare food ourselves. The only complaint was in the bathroom the hot/cold was reversed. We aren't skiiers, but we were visiting with family. The road up is not for the faint of heart. We went tubing and on the snowshoe adventure - which was amazing. They have snowshoe or carriage rides to a remote cabin for dinner, wish we had done that. It was clear so you got a beautiful vision everytime you went outside. Lots of skiiers & boarders, and they all seemed to enjoy themselves. We would definitely return.

2  Thank jangale
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Reviewed February 4, 2008

I recently stayed 4 nights at the SameSun Youth Hostel at Silver Star Mountain Resort in British Columbia. This Hostel is filthy.
There is black mold in all the window panes, dirty bathrooms and unhygenic rooms. They only provide one thin polyeser blanket which they do not wash between guests. The walls are thin throughout so you hear people coughing, walking down the halls, partying ect . all hours of the night. The shared rooms only have 2 feet betweeen bunkbeds. The place smells of cooking oils, sweaty ski boots ect. The rooms are very cold. I had to sleep with my down jacket on. My recommendation is to stay anywhere else you can besides this place. They advertise that they have a hot tub but apparently this broke several years ago. They also advertise that they serve a free pancake breakfast which I never saw. (False Advertising)

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Reviewed September 12, 2007

I have been to Silver Star with my husband and two children twice before for the Christmas period and we are going again this Christmas. Its a magical resort at this time of year. We have stayed at Grandview and have also rented a private suite. Grandview is very comfortable and has underground parking, which is very useful when the temp outside can be -25 so it means no scraping the car windscreen every morning. However we like to have a private hot tub so we choose to stay in one of the many private suites available in resort. We have only been snowboarding for a few years so we find the mountain facilities fantastic and the Canadians are so helpful and patient with you unlike the resorts in Europe. Its only a 30-40 minute drive down the mountain to Vernon where you will find many restaurants, large super markets, cinema etc. There is a small shop in the resort but this is only suitable for the basics, when we arrive we go down the mountain to the large super market to stock up for the fortnight. In fact my husband says we spent to much time down the mountain shopping in Wall Mart and many other fantastic bargain shops we don't have back home. Silver Star is a special place for us at Christmas and I would highly recommend it, if you have any questions please just ask.

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