Silver Star Mountain forced to reschedule opening for downhill skiing
With about 25 cm of snow in the village, Silver Star still needs a bit more to reach its minimum of 30 to 50 cm before it will open aline skiing.
Image Credit: Silver Star Mountain Resort webcam
November 21, 2016 - 6:30 PM
VERNON - There’s snow on the mountains, just not enough of it for downhill skiing.
Silver Star Mountain has pushed back its alpine opening by a week. Originally scheduled to open Thursday, Nov. 24, the resort is now targeting a Dec. 2 opening.
Cross country skiing, on the other hand, opened today, Nov. 21, in the upper areas of the mountain, says marketing manager Kristy Jahn-Smith.
The Summit Chair is currently running from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to help nordic skiers reach the upper trails.
With roughly 25 cm of snow in the village, Jahn-Smith says they are getting close to being able to open downhill skiing.
To ensure a quality and safe alpine skiing experience, the resort will wait until it has between a 30- to 50-cm snow base in the village. Silver Star does not make any snow, and relies on Mother Nature to bring the white stuff.
Even though the opening date was pushed back a week, Jahn-Smith says they are still within the usual time frame.
“It’s not necessarily late. It’s always within that window,” Jahn-Smith says.
Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre opened on Sunday, Nov. 20, but only has a limited number of trails open. As of Nov. 21, there were six kilometres of trails groomed and track set. Operators are hoping to open more trails soon, subject to snowfall.
For an update on current conditions at Sovereign Lake, call the snow phone at 250-260-5335.
For conditions at Silver Star, click here.
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