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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have the on the snow skinny about conditions at Silver Star?  It looks like there is an adequate base and all runs are open, but it also says that it is "hard packed."  Hmmm...

We're planning a visit from Friday through Monday, but it's a last minute deal with no reservations so we can pull out at a moment's notice.  Possible snow showers are predicted, but that hard packed description has me concerned.  Maybe Mt. Baker would be better.

Advice?
post #2 of 10
I haven't skied Silver star this year, but I would imagine conditions will be similar to that of Big White. Surface conditions are usually soft and fast.

I would interperate "hard pack" to mean groomers would be soft, and packed powder conditions off piste.

Freezing level rarely rises above base elevation, ice is usually very difficult to find. Although temps did get a little warm last saturday.

I would watch the forecast closely and make the trip up if snow falls.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks surfacehoar,

That concurs with my own thoughts.  Hard packed around here often means "ice."

A very useful first post.

Thanks again and welcome to Epic,

P
post #4 of 10
On a clear day I can see Silver Star from the top of Sun Peaks where I spend my winters. Even though this has been a mild year and not a great year for powder, conditions are excellent at Sun Peaks and most likely much better skiing than Mt. Baker because of the even milder weather Mt. Baker has on the coast.

Why not come to Sun Peaks for the weekend? It is quite a bit closer to Bellingham than Silver Star. Silver Star's steep runs are all in the Putnam which is the area's lowest elevation and it has flats at the bottom. The rest of Silver Star is like skiing a golf course.

Sun Peaks has more runs and more variety than Silver Star as well as having steep runs on both upper and lower mountain. Usually Silver Star gets slightly more snow and Sun Peaks gets slightly drier snow.

Last winter the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted Sun Peaks the number 2 ski resort in Canada and number 10 in North America.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

Why not come to Sun Peaks for the weekend?
 
Because I like Silver Star a lot better.

1.  I can get cheap lodging in Vernon without reservations and it's only 20 minutes from the moment I walk out my room door to the moment I'm on skis and sliding.
2.  I find the terrain at Silver Star much more challenging than Sun Peaks.  I spend my day in the Putnam Creek area on the double diamond runs.  I don't ski much in the way of groomers. 
3. I like the vibe at SS over SP.  Don't ask me what that entails, I don't quite know or care.
4.  If I skied at Sun Peaks I would want to ski the Burfield Chair, and it is the slowest chair in the universe, so I don't want to ride it any more.

Putting down SS for having a "golf course" in comparison to the terrain at SP is pretty silly, most of Sun Peaks is pretty blue and it has nothing to compare to the Putnam Creek area. (I must admit, though, I have not skied the terrain below the mid station on Burfield, see point 4 above.)  And giving Putnam Creek a bad time about run outs?  What about the huge run out of 5 Mile?

I know, you're a homer and like to boost your hill, but I have skied both places and much prefer Silver Star.
post #6 of 10
 Last week at big white.

http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8613

I realize that BW is higher and tends to get more snow, but i would be surprised if there was a big difference between the two.

Plus doesn't the PC side face North? I think it should be alright. 
post #7 of 10
Posaune, You don't ski Sun Peaks because of the Burfield chair and I have skied 80 days/year at Tod/Sun Peaks for the past 35 years because of the Burfield chair. lol.

Actually Posaune your opinion is in the majority and this means that all of the development at SP has been 2 kms away at the SP Village. Most of the ski weekers AND mountain staff don't ride the Burfield chair leaving it as our own private resort for the old Tod locals and hard core weekend Kamloops skiers.

High speed quads are great if you are a weekend skier and need to pound in max runs in a short time. However there is something to be said in favour of slower lifts that take longer to get lines skied out and mogals to form.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
High speed quads are great if you are a weekend skier and need to pound in max runs in a short time. However there is something to be said in favour of slower lifts that take longer to get lines skied out and mogals to form.

I understand what you mean.  However, when I go to SP I'm visiting a place that I don't get to ski often and I want to get as much on slope time as possible.  My experience with Burfield is that the line at the mid station is long and the ride is long as well.  I've frozen my butt off on that chair while crawling along the ridge with the wind howling.  Since I can't pick and choose the good times to ride like a local can I find somewhere else to go.
post #9 of 10
I went up to big white on tuesday. As I expected, conditions have changed since the weekend.

More ice than I've seen all year. As in there is some ice in some spots, but still soft snow if you know where to look.

I wouldn't be very excited to make the drive up to Vernon if snow doesn't fall.  Alot can change in a single snow event so if it snows, it will be good to go. At least it will get you out of the rain.
post #10 of 10
We are at Silver Star. Conditions today are hard packed covered with about 10 cms of new powder.

The run under Silverwoods lift is short of snow as usual....but everything else is in amazingly good shape considering the limited snow dump since New Years.

The locals aren't bitching so it's got to be fairly good.
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