Some of Canada’s best backside terrain. Experience the Dark Side
Epic backside terrain – ultimate black diamond runs
Most skiers and riders have heard of Canada’s legendary “Powder Highway”, essentially a big circle made up of 4 British Columbia Highways linking some of the most amazing ski resorts in the Great White North like Whitewater, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Red, Panorama and Kimberly. Well let us introduce you to the Black Sheep of the family, and it’s name is SIlverstar!
A windy 25 minute drive up from the nearby town of Vernon, BC lies a funky and colorful village with some unassuming groomed runs, a couple of newer chairs, and a brand new gondola. But just wait… Silverstar is a tale of two resorts. If their is a Jekyll and Hyde of ski resorts, from front side to back, this is it!
SIlverstar’s backside, affectionately known as “the dark side” or “the black side” contains an astonishing 43 black or double black named runs all funneling down to the high speed 4 person Powder Gulch Chair. Silverstar’s backside runs offer an impressive 1,830ft of vertical and groomed run outs lead back to the chair from both sides.
Many of Silverstar’s impressive backside runs are steep powder filled gullies and chutes, with not much forgiveness into the trees and are “one way in, one way out” type of trails! The terrain, while challenging, is soft in the fact that there are no cliff drops or rocky outcroppings. What you see is what you get and if you are skilled enough to ski or ride it, you will be adequately rewarded with the steepness and snow quality.
Silverstar’s front side has some mellow glades, grooms, and a couple of short single diamonds, as well as some trails that wind down through the heart of the village. But if you came hunting steeps and don’t mind a little hike, head down El Dorado trail until you reach the sign that says Alder Point. A quick hike down Silverstar’s summit cross-country trails and you’ll find a quiet bench to sit on and enjoy the amazing view of the surrounding backside terrain, and a powder filled run all to yourself.
So the next time you’re planning a trip up North to the Powder Highway, don’t overlook this unique and friendly ski resort with a lot to offer… if you’re willing to take a turn to “The Dark Side”.
Best backside terrain
Serviced by a single high speed quad chairlift (the powder gulch express), Silverstar’s backside makes up about half of the resort’s total terrain, and almost all of it’s Advanced and Expert level terrain. With an epic 43 black and double black diamond runs to choose on the backside, and vertical runs topping out at 1,830ft, it’s enough to wear out the legs of even the most seasoned powder hound.
Some trails are narrow gullies, tree lined on both sides, and some are wide open powder fields with plenty of room for fresh turns. No need to be concerned where you’ll end up, as all baskside trails drop out onto nice freshly groomed cat tracks that funnel skiers and riders back to the chairlift where you can do it all over again.
Need a quick break or a drink? No need to go back to the frontside, the Paradise Camp bar and grill is right at the top of the lift for refreshments.
Lift tickets at Silverstar range from $125-$155 for adults depending of day and time of season, and $68-$88 for children.
MY1 Season Pass holders receive free skiing at Whitewater, Sunpeaks and Apex Mt. Resorts.
Silverstar Mountain Resort is located in the Silverstar Provincial Park which is just a quick 25min drive from the nearby town of Vernon, BC. Shuttles run from town and airport shuttles are available from nearby Kelowna, BC.
Silverstar has a small, colorful and quaint base village with plenty of dining, drinking and shopping options. Base lodging is also available for ski in / ski out overnights, and plentiful lodging options exist in nearby Vernon, BC.
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Silverstar benefits from an average of 700cms (276″) of snowfall annually, of “cold smoke” light and fluffy BC powder that falls regularly.
Silverstar has a base elevation of 1,609m (5,279ft) and a summit elevation of 2,369m (7,772ft) for a total vertical drop of 760m (2,493ft) vertical feet for skiing and snowboarding.
A normal season at Silverstar runs from early December through early April for skiing, snowboarding, and nordic skiing and they are open daily from 9am-4pm.
Trails & Acreage
Silverstar has 12 total lifts including a brand new gondola, 2 high speed quads, a high speed six pack, and several other slow speed lifts that service 132 runs spread over 3,282 acres.
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Location and Hours
Listed below is the address and Summer normal Summer operating schedule for Silverstar Mountain Resort in British Colombia, Canada.
123 Shortt St, Silver Star Mountain, BC V1B 3M1, Canada
Winter Schedule: Early-December to Early April
Winter Hours: 9am – 4pm Seven days a week
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