I have been to Silver Star annually with my wife and kids for 13 years. It happens to be one of my very favorite hills. The reasons:
1. Understated village, with decent and attractive eateries and excellent accomodation at many pricepoints. Hotel rooms, suites, houses, all decently priced. Try ownerdirect.com for better than average deals
2. Fantastic mix of terrain and weather, The front side is sun exposed, warmer, and gentler, though the new Alpine Meadows lift has given much easier access (with all the pluses and minuses that such access implies) to some short but sweet quirky steeps. The back side (Powder Gulch) serves a great bunch of terrain, from gentle to moderate cruisers to real steeps. It is generally not sun exposed, except for the obviously named Sunny Glades area, and so the snow preservation is better. The terrain gets steep enough to keep away all but really solid skiers, and so you can have fresh or nearly fresh tracks all day on a weekday. Try Gowabunga for steep bumps, but only right after a good snow. Any of the headwalls (Aabye Road, Headwall, Russty Nail, Chute 5, Kassanova) will put a smile on an expert's face. From the Comet express, take Bergerstrasse to Sunny High, and try Kirkenheimer or Where's Bob. They're a nuisance to get to later, after you're on the Powder Gulch, so don't waste the chance to ski them as you start over. They are narrow treed runs, reminiscent of Eastern trails. Freefall is a short sharp drop. Don't slide! And if you have some time and a fresh dump, the short (10-15min) skate out to Alder Point is worth it.
Gong Show is cool for off-camber bumps, as are the trails around it. Sunny Glades and its neighbors are good only after new snow...sun exposure hardens them.
If you are more cruiser-minded, check out Sunny Ridge, Milky Way, Constellation, and the whole Silver Woods, which has a mix of cruisers, bumps, and intermediate to advanced (not expert) glades.
3. Bugaboos bakery
4. The wine bar in the Putnam Station hotel (now renamed Bulldog Inn or something like that)
Go to Big White for a slightly larger mountain that skis a fair bit easier and more generically, but with terrific long intermediate runs. The expert terrain, imho, is less interesting.