Silver Star Mountain

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Average Annual Snowfall: 222" (Tony Crocker)
Best time to visit: January/February 


Fly to Kelowna International Airport (YLW) connecting from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Seattle or San Francisco.

  • WestJet offer daily non-stop flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto.
  • Air Canada/Jazz from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
  • Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air now fly the larger Q400 (72 seats) on their daily flights into Kelowna from Seattle-Tacoma, almost doubling capacity from the older Q200 flights.
  • United Airlines offer daily flights flying into Kelowna from San Francisco.
  • Air North from Whitehorse.
In-Resort Shuttle departs the base area every half hour
Silver Star Ski Bus runs weekends and holidays only

Driving Directions: If you're driving, connect with Highway 97 to Vernon and follow 48th Avenue to Silver Star Road and follow for 22 km (12 miles). Silver Star Road leads you directly to the resort where you can check into your hotel, condo or vacation home.

For the latest information about road conditions, closures, travel advisories and more, please visit the Drive BC website


Vernon, B.C. is approximately 12 miles from the resort.
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Holiday Inn Express

4716 34th Street

Vernon, British Columbia V1T5Y9, Canada


Downtown Vernon. Indoor pool & hot tub, pets welcome, wireless Internet, free parking, great reviews  4 $113-$145 

Silver Creek Lodge

Silver Star Resort

152 Silver Lode Lane

Silver Star Mountain, BC

Canada V1B 3M1

1-800-610-0805 or 250-549-5191 

Ski-in, ski-out, full kitchens, hot tubs, exercise room, ski lockers, limited underground parking, check Silver Star Resort links above for specials 6 $89-$168

Vance Creek

Silver Star Resort 

Ski-in, ski-out, full kitchens, hot tubs, exercise room, ski lockers, limited underground parking, check Silver Star Resort links above for specials 6 $89-$168

Chilcoot Lodge

Silver Star Resort

Ski-in, ski-out, full kitchens, hot tubs, exercise room, ski lockers, limited underground parking, check Silver Star Resort links above for specials 10 $89-$168


FREE Skiing - Grade 5 SnowPass Program

The SnowPass Program, in its 11th year, gives children in Grade 5 the opportunity to try skiing and snowboarding and encourages families to spend quality time together visiting their local ski resorts. 


November 29, 2012 – VERNON, B.C. Silver Star Mountain Resort opened today and its downhill ski season has begun. This year Silver Star will receive its 10 millionth skier and the resort is offering Canada’s first all-inclusive ski pass, the My1Pass.

Silver Star opened the Comet Express and Silver Queen Chair today and skiers will have access to 19 trails. On Saturday and Sunday, the Summit Chair, the Alpine Meadows Chair and the Discovery Park Magic carpet will be opened.

Silver Star’s on mountain shuttle is now operating daily from 8 am to 5 pm. At present, the Tube Town Adventure Park is closed but will open December 7th. Check for updates.

Based on the current total skiers and annual statistics, the resort is estimating it will reach its 10 millionth skier visit milestone by mid season and the event will be marked with a special celebration. Its My1Pass allows season pass and day pass holders to ski Nordic trails, go snowshoeing, visit Tube Town Adventure Park and go outdoor skating on Brewer’s pond for free.

The resort offers day skiing and snowboarding from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm seven days a week, with 12 lifts, 115 marked trails and the RockStar terrain park. Lift tickets are $77. The village boasts accommodations for 5,600 and 16 restaurants.

Just recently, Silver Star Mountain Resort was voted Best Ski Resort and Best Family Resort in the Best of the Okanagan Reader’s Choice Awards from Okanagan Life magazine.

Silver Star has a pre-Christmas ski-in ski-out package available at $64 per person per night including lift pass at the Bulldog Hotel valid until Dec. 20, 2012. More information here.

About Silver Star Mountain Resort
Silver Star Mountain Resort is nestled in the heart of British Columbia’s Thompson Okanagan region, less than a one-hour drive from Kelowna International Airport (YLW). A year round mountain destination, the resort offers 3,065 acres of varied skiable terrain, with an annual snowfall of more than 700cm of dry B.C. interior powder. Award-winning Silver Star is recognized as being one of Canada’s best family resorts. A quaint, colourful village provides true slope side lodging. In summer, the Silver Star Bike Park is widely regarded as one of the premier downhill mountain bike facilities in North America. Visit

Photo caption: Opening day smiles as skiers and rider catch the first lift of the year at Silver Star Mountain resort.

Snowsport School


Best: Coffee and pastries at Bugaboos Bakery Cafe


Silver Star Mountain

Although Silver Star Mountain Resort is not new to winter guests, it is still relatively mysterious. But those who journey here from afar are pleasantly surprised by the distinctive vacation experience found at ""the Star"" and covet the opportunity to call this special mountain their own. Welcome to Silver Star, located in British Columbia's mild Okanagan valley, with average daily temperatures of -5 C (23 F). Share the secret of this uniquely visual and colorful Victorian village. From the moment you and your family arrive, be it by plane or by car, Silver Star strives to make your winter holiday both memorable and carefree. Choose from simple hotels or luxurious vacation homes with true ski-in ski-out access to over 3,000 acres of mountain terrain. Most notably, Silver Star annually enjoys over 700 cm (23 feet) of light, dry, powder snow. Combine that with 112 runs and the result is truly unbelievable skiing and boarding. From cruiser-friendly Vance Creek to expert-haven Putnam Creek, affectionately referred to as ""the dark side of the Star"", there is literally something for everyone.

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Pros: Good bump runs, steep north facing terrain, lots of good cruisers

Cons: Less snow than nearby Big White, no real "extreme" terrain

When visiting the Okanagan, I prefer to ski Silver Star. The whole backside of Silver Star will be interesting for strong skiers. The front side is a great place for intermediates. 

The snow is better at Big White though, and it has more intermediate terrain.

This might be worth checking out if you are in the Revelstoke area.


Pros: great glades, nice back country, snow quality/quantity

Cons: limited shuttle access

 Last March I flipped a coin and Silver Star won over Big White. I wanted to get a taste of skiing the interior to contrast with Whistler.

I found Silver Star to be a grat "small" hill. Well-groomed on piste runs compliment some great back country terrain 'round Backside. 

I was fortunate to be there the day of a monster dump and in the company of some locals. Looking forward to my next visit this year!


Pros: Family friendly, terrain for all levels, good snow, uncrowded slopes, great village and lodging, close to town

Cons: Sometimes has low coverage.

 Silver Star is one of my favorite places to ski.  The front side is a groomer skier's paradise with lots of wide, almost empty blue trails.  The back side (Putnam Creek) is a double diamond spectacular.  These are really steep, bumped up trails that are a great challenge to the advanced/expert crowd.

The mountain is large and spread out, but the chair lift capacity is limited.  This means that the slopes are never crowded.  Putnam Creek is a very large area that in most places would be served by anywhere from two to four quads, but Silver Star has only one, and it is rarely crowded.  When you're emptied out at the top everyone soon disappears and you feel alone on the mountain.

Lodging is almost exclusively ski in ski out.  The place is ingeniously designed with trails that snake throughout the lodging area so that nearly everyone can just step outside and ski.  There is a skating pond and a lit inner tube hill for family evening activities.  The small village has plenty of entertainment for the adult crowd as well, however Whistler it 'aint.


Pros: Better Snow than Big White

Cons: Short runs, no vertical

I grew up skiing the valley here, and live less than 10 mins from SS. It's great if I want to just go ski for a couple hours, but when i'm doing serious skiing I go somewhere else. Contrary to what has been said, it gets the best snow in the Valley. This is a great hill if you have kids, a family hill. For the more advanced skier you'd best be heading to Sun Peaks. Silver Star has some real nice glades, and some real nice groomers but the more challenging backside is endless cat tracks and bumps. No real vertical, no real challenge. Again, if you have kids this is your spot.


Still better than Big White, which is a crusty windstorm 90% of the season.


Pros: Lots of lifts, Family friendly, Neat base area

Cons: Short runs, limited extreme terain

We skied this resort last week and found it to be a great little place with a lot of different runs and places to explore. There are a lot of different lifts to ride and areas to explore as well as more than a few dining options on the hill and at the base. The terrain park is great fun. If I were a kid or had a family then this would be a great place for a vacation.  The majority of the skiers that we came across were retirees or families.


Being a late 20s familyless guy coming from Revelstoke I found that the run length seemed to be only half as long as we are used to over here, and reminds me more of a Quebec or New York state sized resort rather than a big rockies resort. Some of the terrain is steep and looks like it would be really good on a pow day but very few of the trees between runs are gladed out which was a bit dissapointing for me. There really arent any bowls or high alpine terrain to charge.


Also wanted to note that I got 25% off my day pass since I have a seasons pass at a different resort within BC. I think that regular day passes are closer to $80.


Pros: Fun terrain, Nice resort town

I felt like I was in a snow globe here :)  It's a precious little resort town.  Lots of fun, nice locals, great terrain.


Pros: Great snow, ski ski out, Long John's Pub, civility

Cons: NOt aware of any

Before retirement we hit all of the big names in the western USA and Canada. First year of retirement we hit approximately 40 of lesser known hills.....including Silver Star. We went back for a week, next year 3 weeks and then made it our permanent winter home. We have since built a home large enough to hosue our children and their families. Love the place. The best moment will be this year when even our 3 year old gard daughter will be on the hill.


Pros: Light powder friendly quiet lots of locals and the few tourists are from all around the world.

Cons: Small village

This is my favourite mouintain. Ive been to whistler sun peaks big white and many more in that area. Silverstar is always the quietist and nicest. In my mind silverstar is bc's greatest secret.