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Silver Star Mountain limits trail use due to high wildfire risk

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July 27, 2017 - 4:09 PM

VERNON - Silver Star is restricting the hours that people can use the mountain’s trails for hiking and biking to reduce the risk of a wildfire.

As of Monday, July 31, and until further notice, the mountain trail system will only be open during the lift operating hours for the Comet Express Chairlift, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays until 7:30 p.m.
“SilverStar Mountain Resort is doing this as a matter of safety for our guests and staff,” the resort’s director of operations Brad Baker says in a media release.
Signage will be placed around the resort and additional security staff will be on duty to enforce the restriction.

“We are restricting access to the trails outside of operational hours as our response to an emergency at that time could be delayed and with limited resources,” Baker says.
Silver Star is also stressing that it does not permit smoking out on the mountain.

“There are designated smoking areas in the Village with proper ashtrays near the front of Red Antler and Townhall and we ask that guests and staff who smoke do so responsibly and ensure that their cigarettes are completely extinguished when placed in those proper receptacles," Baker says.
The Village restaurants, hotels and amenities will continue to be open outside of the lift operating hours.

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