Vernon and North Okanagan News
Silver Star's own 'Running of the Bulls'
Silver Star Mountain Resort opened up the backside of the mountain this past weekend where the fresh powder snow has been collecting for weeks. Local skiers and boarders were planning their lines all week on the Putnam Creek side of the mountain known for its black and double black diamond runs.
Resort Operations Manager Brad Baker, says, “Locals know this is the day where we truly offer ‘lift-accessed heli-skiing’. Meaning that once that rope drops it's a sprint to some of the best powder runs in BC.”
Local skiers rose early on Saturday morning and rode the Comet Express Chair to the top before ski patrol members lifted the rope, letting the surge of skiers into the back bowls.
“The Dropping of the Rope has become Silver Star’s version of the Running of the Bulls,” says Anne Haight, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resort. “It’s a free-for-all as every skier charges ahead to compete for fresh tracks.”
Once only accessible by helicopter, Putnam Creek has 1,900 acres of skiable terrain with 90 per cent of its runs being made up of black and double black diamond runs. This side of the mountain was first opened in the 1980s. The runs are long and steep, and serviced by its own high-speed lift, the Powder Gulch Express. Groomers, zipper line moguls and narrow chutes comprise most of the runs. A T-Bar and restaurant have also opened to service the area.
It was a busy weekend for Silver Star in general, as the resort also held its Christmas Light Up event with fire jugglers, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, sleigh rides and a visit from Santa.
Okanagan Life Magazine has also recently named Silver Star as the best ski hill and best family resort in the valley.
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