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The Australian cross-country team got a head start on the
season with more than 30 centimetres of snow 
at Silver Star Tuesday. Big White is not far 
behind. (Photo: Contributed)
The Australian cross-country team got a head start on the
season with more than 30 centimetres of snow
at Silver Star Tuesday. Big White is not far
behind. (Photo: Contributed)

Snowing On Okanagan Hills

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If this week's weather is any indication, it's going to be a banner season at Big White and Silver Star.

Silver Star got more than 30 centimetres of snow Tuesday and Big White is not far behind. And the timing couldn't have been better. Australia's National Nordic team is at Silver Star for some pre-race training in preparation for the World Cup races in December.

"This is my first trip to Canada and I chose Silver Star because I’d heard they have reliable early season snow, and it’s true," says team member Esther Bottomley.

Silver Star says if the snow keeps up, it should soon have several kilometres of cross-country trails open.

"We’ve got enough snow to snowmobile groom right now and there are over a dozen people out on the trails enjoying the early season conditions," says Nordic Manager Glenn Bond. "If the weather forecast is correct and this pattern holds for the weekend, I can safely say we’ll be have 25 kilometres of trails ready for our official opening on Friday, November 24."

Bond says with all of the fresh powder and a 35cm mid-mountain base, Silver Star Mountain’s downhill skiing and snowboarding operation is poised to meet its November 24th opening day.

Meanwhile, Big White's Michael J. Ballingall says he hopes to have the Plaza run open by this weekend if Mother Nature continues to cooperate.


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