You would be hard pressed to meet someone on the lifts at SilverStar Mountain Resort who has not been visiting this British Columbia ski resort for decades. It’s the kind of place that creates such great memories, you find yourself booking next year’s trip before you’ve hit the first curve on the road home.
With our family, the story is the same. We first visited when I was a child. Now we visit as three generations; my own children hooting and hollering with their cousins down the Peanut Trail as I once did, (while I now struggle with my longer skis behind them), and grandparents meeting us at the trail exit.
To answer the question ‘Why do we keep going back?’, our multigenerational family came up with the following list:
- no pretentiousness (go ahead and wear your 80’s brown and mustard one piece)
- little or no lift lines – and runs where you may not see another soul
- plenty of ski in / ski out accommodation options (that will not break the bank)
- consistently great snow with plenty of sunny days
- an adorable crayola coloured mountain top village
- lots of treats at the daycare (from my daughter)
- Tube Town (from my son)
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About SilverStar Mountain Resort
Where: 1 hr drive north-east of Kelowna, British Columbia
Claim to Fame : knee deep powder and plenty of sun
Terrain: 20% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 30% advanced runs covering 3,000 acres (including a 6.5 acre rail and terrain park for boarders)
Family Activities: skiing, snowboarding, cross country and skate skiing, ice skating, hockey, tubing, rock climbing, mini snowmobiles, snow shoeing, movie nights, craft nights, bowling, sleigh rides and more !
Family Friendly Accommodation At SilverStar
The ski in / ski out luxury Snowbird Lodge is our favourite, with multi-bedroom family suites, hot tubs on the deck, gourmet kitchens, in-suite laundry, and a recreational floor (complete with gym, pool table, movie theatre and kids play room !).
The Firelight Lodge also has nice modern 1-3 bedroom units. Most suites have laundry facilities and some have hot tubs. Built specifically with families in mind, this hotel is within very close proximity of the Silver Queen Chair, Tube Town, Brewer’s outdoor skating pond and Pinheads bowling alley. It is about a 5 minute walk (optional shuttle) to the village restaurants and day care/ski school.
Family Friendly Restaurants
For nice coffees, pastries and sandwiches, Bugaboos Bakery and Cafe is a must. For dinner try the casual pub food at the owner-run Long John’s Pub (gets busy, make reservations) and for finer fare The Silver Grill gets great reviews (both have a kid’s menu). Need a quick warm up or snack between runs? Stop by Paradise Camp on the backside of the mountain.
Kids Lessons at SilverStar Resort
The Snowsports Adventure Centre in Silver Star Village provides daycare for children aged 18 months to 5 years and skiing and snowboarding programs for children up to 12 years old. While morning lessons do not start until 10 a.m., kids can be dropped of early or stay late for a small fee. For kids 3-5 years there is the option of combining daycare with a 1 hour private lesson in the morning or afternoon, with free equipment rental.
Note: In off-peak times we have found that the afternoon lessons can be very quiet, with my kids sometimes being lucky enough to end up in a private lesson.
Après Ski for Kids at SilverStar
Silver Star hosts all kinds of family-friendly activities. Be sure to visit their events page so as not to miss out on a Family Night at Tube Town or the popular Kids Night Out. Also for children (or parents?) who still have energy to burn, there is ice skating or hockey on Brewer’s Pond, the Climbing Wall, bowling at Pinheads, and mini snowmobiling near Tube Town.
Getting To Silver Star Mountain
Where: 1 hr drive north-east of Kelowna BC (map)
By Air: fly to Kelowna International Airport (YLW) which is serviced by Alaska Airlines, Air North, Air Canada, Jazz, and Westjet, take shuttle or rental car to the mountain (1 hour)
By Car: see driving directions from Vancouver, Calgary, Seattle, and Spokane
Getting Around the Village: walking, skiing, or resort shuttle.