Want Champagne powder, expansive terrain, and loads of family-friendly activities without big crowds? Silver Star ski resort is all that and more.
After a recent visit to Silver Star, a family-friendly ski resort in British Columbia, my family is still reliving our fantastic ski vacation. On the mountain the bright sun, blue skies, incredible snow the vast terrain provided for amazing skiing and snowboarding. Off the mountain loads of family-friendly activities, great restaurants and friendly people created a ski vacation that made everyone in my family happy.
It’s all about the skiing
Silver Star Mountain Resort sits high up in a sea of blue sky, overlooking a surreal view of mogul-like clouds covering the lakes and valley below. With over 3,000 acres of variable terrain covered in champagne powder, there’s something that will make everyone in your family happy. Enjoy a relaxing pace on the numerous wide open blue runs or head over to the backside for more aggressive black diamonds. With all that terrain accessed by short lift lines and high speed lifts, your legs will give out before you’ve seen it all. Now that’s a great day on the mountain.
If that’s not enough for you, there are 65 miles of Nordic trails to enjoy. My family took cross-country ski lessons from Steve Feedham, who provided great instruction with loads of patience, which I’m sure we thoroughly tested. My daughter uses a wheelchair, our Thule Chariot with ski attachment allowed her to be in the middle of all of the action.
My1Pass is your ticket to a more affordable, enjoyable family ski vacation
Your lift ticket (called the My1Pass) is a serious multi-tasker that will pretty much make your family vacation. In addition to a full day of skiing, each lift ticket provides endless access to the giant tubing runs at Tube Town, the skating rink next door and 34 miles of Nordic and snowshoe trails. Better yet, all of these family-friendly activities are in close proximity, so your kids can spend the evening tubing just steps from your condo and within easy walking distance from the main village. The warming fires overlooking the skating and tubing areas are the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a warm drink while breathing in the views.
If you want to schedule more family-friendly fun, take a peek at the sleigh rides, snow mobile tours, snow show tours, climbing wall, and state of the art bowling alley called “Pinheads” (the bowling alley has great food and drinks, by the way). The spa in the village is a great way to unwind. Word to the wise, book your activities as soon as you book your stay as they tend to fill up quickly.
Adaptive skiing makes the mountain accessible for all abilities
My family loves being able to ski and snowboard together, my youngest participating through adaptive skiing. Silver Star Mountain Resort works in partnership with Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports (SSASS) to provide accessible ski options for all abilities. A large group of well-trained and enthusiastic volunteers, SSASS easily configured a sit ski to best fit my special needs daughter’s complicated body structure. I appreciated seeing them work with a variety of people, all with great skill and compassion. We spent a couple of days skiing with Peter Lawson, SSASS President, and learned about the various ways that they are able to accommodate skiers of different abilities. I’m so grateful for organizations such as SSASS that are so passionate about providing accessible opportunities. What skiing brings to my daughter with special needs and to our family as a whole is immeasurable. Her day always ends with a huge smile. Want to see what adaptive skiing looks like for us? Check out this video:
Getting to Silver Star Mountain Resort in British Columbia
Newly added direct flights from the US via Alaska Airlines into neighboring Kelowna make Silver Star really easy. There’s no need to rent a car, just book a shuttle from the airport. At Silver Star most areas at within walking distance, with a free resort shuttle making rounds throughout the day. Our family drove from the Seattle-area, an approximately 7 hour trip. We had good weather and great road conditions; the highways are wide with multiple lanes and nice shoulders. Don’t forget your passport and check road conditions before you leave, plan to get an early start so that your mountain driving is done during the daylight.
123 Shortt St.
Silver Star Mountain
BC Canada V1B 3M1
T. 1 800 663 4431