Yesterday's announcement of 2012/13 seasons passes says that the two hills are no longer afilliated. Locals say that when Des Shumman died in April his children decided to put one or both of the hills up for sale. The good news is that the seasons pass now includes nordic, tubing, snowshoeing and skating all at last year's alpine price.
Big White and Silver Star split
Which one is this deal for? Would a day pass allow similar access? I love skiing at Silver Star, but I'm not so turned on by Big White.
I tried Apex for the first time this last season (check out http://www.epicski.com/t/111867/tr-road-trip-through-wa-bc for my TR). I skied Apex and then two days later I hit Silver Star. From what I saw, Silver Star is more challenging than Apex, though I really enjoyed Apex. I had a native guide for both places, so I saw the real goods.
good trip report - At Apex most of the locals are good bump skiers. As you saw you need to be to get the most out of that hill. A good road trip is also doing all three, Start with BW for a warm up ego day, SS for the best skiing and end with Apex to kill the legs before the drive home. It's always our first warm-up trip for the season.
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Reply to Posaune:
It appears that both hills are offering the same deal and that both passes and day tickets get the privileges. Looks like they are trying to boost sales to promote a sale.
We have a home at Silver Star and spend 10 weeks there every year. We have probably shared a lift.