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opinions on Silver Star? (vernon BC)

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I'm more than likely going out to Vernon to visit a friend, just wondering about the mountain and what to expect. Also Big White while Im in the area. any info at all would be helpful, thanks a lot!
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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.

Have fun!
post #3 of 9
philipshaw has it exactly correct. Great, challenging terrain on the back side. A smaller, intimate feeling village. Great ski-in ski-out accomodations, and lots of them. If you're staying in Vernon it's a short, easy drive.
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Thread Starter 
sounds great, not sure when I'm going to be visiting, I'll probably decide at the last minute sometime in the next couple months. Thanks for the information!
post #5 of 9
If you ski cross country, Silver Star and Sovereign Lake are world class, and right there in among the very decent Alpine skiing. This is a good area.
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Originally Posted by canadamatt View Post
I'm more than likely going out to Vernon to visit a friend, just wondering about the mountain and what to expect. Also Big White while Im in the area. any info at all would be helpful, thanks a lot!
Last year when I was at Silver Star a local I rode the chair with referred to Big White as Big White Out since it was always foggy when he went. Might think about hitting Apex, not as large but supposed to get lots of good snow.
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Apex gets less snow than Big White or Silver Star but it has more north exposure.
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
Apex gets less snow than Big White or Silver Star but it has more north exposure.
I'll provide an eye-witness account at the end of Feb.
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I would like to add to phillipshaws comments that it also has a really friendly vibe to it. No attitude and oh yes the bakery mmmm the bakery. Sod the skiing just eat. In fact do both at the same time
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