Location: Located in the stunning Okanagan Valley, Silver Star is British Colombia’s third largest ski and is an unspoiled paradise where you can expect the famous champagne powder we all know and love. The varied terrain spreads over the 3,282 acres (1,328 hectares) and attracts every kind of skier.
Getting there: Silver Star is extremely easy to get to from the city of Kelowna. Air Canada and West Jet flights connect European flights to Kelowna via Calgary and Vancouver. Then it’s just a 55-minute shuttle bus or drive to the slopes – if you time it right you can get skiing that very same day!
Where to stay: This quaint ski-in, ski-out village is extremely picturesque with lots of colourful buildings, so much so it looks like it is a real-life Disney-town. When it comes to accommodation you don’t have to be worried about missing out on any of the action, as most of the lodgings available for you are slope-side.
The Pinnacles Suite Hotel is arguably one of the best situated hotels in the resort considering most of the popular runs meet at it. Affordable and spacious suites – most have hot tubs which look over the spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains – the perfect place to unwind after hard day’s skiing.
For something a little more special stay next to the pond at Firelight at the Pond Lodge. This lodge is surrounded by the action and architecturally perfectly fits Silver Star’s traditional storybook Victorian Village theme.
Highlights: Silver Star offers the big mountain experience with little ski traffic and a true ski-in, ski-out village. It has some great runs for every skier type; whether you class yourself as an intermediate or an expert. There is excellent cross-country skiing available with over 100km of trails. Silver Star also boasts 4km of flood-lit pistes so make sure you look out for Friday and Saturday night-skiing which runs from mid-December through to March.
Downsides: This probably shouldn’t be top of your list if you are after a big après ski scene as there isn’t a huge amount going on in the evenings. There is also quite a limited choice of accommodation; but with that being said you can find some good quality hotels and condos.
Best piste run: With four distinct mountain faces surrounding you, you can be sure that there is a lot of progressive terrain to cover. For intermediate skiers, the Comet six-pack will lead to you The Vance Creek which offers mainly blue and red runs. For something a little more challenging, the Putnam Creek is where you can find the steep blacks.
Best Mountain Restaurant: At the top of the Summit Chair lift you’ll find The Lookout Café. It’s not a restaurant as such but it’s worth a visit for a latte or hot chocolate and a snack or just for the view alone.
Best Restaurant in town: The general dining vibe throughout the village is casual, so we’d suggest heading to The Den Bar and Bistro which you’ll find on the lower level of the Town Hall. This cosy den is the perfect place to snuggle up on the sofas by the fire having a beer before sitting down for a wholesome meal. If you’re looking for something a little more showy then head to 1609 Restaurant, try not to miss out on the ribs! Accompany your dinner with one of the many local Okavangan wines – sure to pleasantly surprise you!
Best Après Bar: Unfortunately there is generally a lack for après ski in the resort. Your best bet is to head to The Red Antler. It is THE place to go for ‘night-life’ as it boasts the only dance-floor in the resort – expect to find live music from local, and even some international, bands here.
Best off piste run: For those of you who are powder hounds the backside of the mountain by Putnam Creek is where you’ll find the un-crowded paradise. Here you have about 1,900 acres of steep and deep, off-piste to explore; along with black and double black runs to cover. Most of them with moguls.