Things to Do at Silver Star
Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding
Whether you’re new to skiing or have been shredding powder for years, Silver Star has downhill runs for all abilities. Getting up the hill is easy. From the Pinnacles, catch the gondola in the village to the summit, or climb aboard the Alpine Meadows quad chair. The Silver Queen offers a great beginner hill.
Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Fat Biking
Two of the top destinations for cross-country skiing in North America, Silver Star and Sovereign Lake have more than 100-kilometers of beginner, intermediate and advanced Nordic trails combined. With warming huts available on both sides, both ski areas also offer snowshoe trails in the woods. Silver Star has also recently opened fat bike trails. Purchase your passes at either Silver Star village or Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, and be sure to upgrade your pass if you plan to ski on the combined trails.
Tube Town and Brewer’s Pond
Take a break from shredding powder by visiting Tube Town, where you can float down the hill on an inflatable inner tube. Have tired legs from skiing all day? No worries. Step onto the Caterpillar to get back up the mountain.
Located next to Tube Town, Brewer’s Pond is the perfect place to try out your figure skating moves or to play a game of pick-up hockey. Skates, hockey sticks and helmets are available to rent on site.
Silver Star is not only a Mecca for ski and snowboard enthusiasts in winter; it is a popular summer destination and provides a perfect landscape for downhill mountain biking. As the second largest bike park in Canada, beginners, novices and advanced cyclists can travel down the smooth flowing trail or take on the adrenaline pumping technical terrain.
In addition to the bike park, Silver Star features a network of multi-use and cross-country trails. Get a workout while cycling or hiking along with more than 60-kilometers of trails and capture some of best views of the Monashee Mountains and the Okanagan. Passes and maps are available at the ticket office in the village.
Things to Do at Silver Star Year-Round
Admire some Art
Perched on the Knoll at Silver Star, Gallery Odin is a privately run art gallery that hosts a winter and summer exhibition, featuring a wide variety of paintings, sculpture, glass art, textiles and more by local and regional BC artists. Pick up a treasure to take home with you and learn about the artists and their works by knowledgeable hosts Kalman and Maria Molnar.
Shop til you Drop
With its quaint village, Silver Star has several stores where you can pick up that perfect souvenir to take home with you. Bring home a Silver Star embossed toque or some local confectionery. Need ski gear? EVOLVE has everything from boots to helmets as well as the latest ski and snowboard gear.
Soak at the Spa and Find Your Fitness
Recharge your batteries at Elevate Spa, a full-treatment Aveda Concept spa located in the National Altitude Training Centre near the village. Find your balance with treatments that incorporate all the elements found in nature. The Fitness Centre, located in the lower level of the (NATC) is open for drop-in and features all updated workout equipment.
Learn About Local History
Open year-round, the Silver Star Mountain Museum features exhibitions showcasing the local history of human activity on the mountain. Explore artifacts and learn about the stories dating back to the area’s indigenous people, the history of forestry, mining and the evolution of skiing. Year-round exhibits are available to view in the Chilcoot Lodge Lobby, Pinnacles Suites Lobby and Lounge, and Vance Creek Gallery in the Vance Creek Hotel. The museum is located on Main Street in Silver Star Village during the summer months.
Things to Do in the North Okanagan
Seek a Show Outdoors
Dash through the woods in a horse-drawn open sleigh at the world-renowned Caravan Farm Theatre. Located just outside of Armstrong, this gem offers both winter and summer shows on its 80-acre farm, where costumed actors can be found performing in everything from Shakespeare to original musicals. Make sure to dress warm!
Savour the Bounty
Brimming with freshly grown produce from the tree and vine, you can savour some of nature’s bounty at the numerous northern climate wineries located in nearby Lake Country or the Shuswap. Have a slice of fresh fruit pie or freshly pressed apple juice at Davison Orchards, a working orchard that has a gift shop, café, and petting zoo. Sip on a cider from locally sourced apples at the BX Press Cidery and Orchard, or sample some of the fruit-infused liquors at Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery in Vernon.
Escape to a Lake
Pack a picnic, bathing suit, and inflatable and visit one of the area’s many beaches. Okanagan Lake’s Kin Beach has a grassy, treed area in which to have a picnic as well as a playground for the kids, while Kal Beach is known for its long pier and as a stand-up paddle boarding destination, with SUPs available nearby to rent from Kalavida Surf Shop.
Bike Along the Okanagan Rail Trail
Cycle or walk along this newly opened 50-kilometer multi-use graded trail, which travels along an old railway corridor alongside glittering Kalamalka Lake and through the communities of Oyama and Winfield to Kelowna. Bike rentals are now available near the trailhead in Coldstream.
Score a Par
Improve your golf game at one of the many golf courses to be found in and around Vernon. Eighteen holes, executive courses, driving ranges and putting greens can be found at the world-renowned Predator Ridge, Vernon Golf and Country Club, Spallumcheen Golf Course, The Rise, and Hillview.