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.