Vernon and North Okanagan News
Success for Silver Star
It was another busy year on the ski hill for Silver Star, and they're bracing for a busy summer season as well.
The Mountain Resort announcing they say an overall increase in visits of four per cent and a 14 per cent increase in Nordic visitors.
With the ski season wrapped up Silver Star is switching gears to the mountain biking season and already they have some good news to usher that season in; MTBParks.com recently announced in its Rider’s Choice Awards that Silver Star’s bike park is second best in Western Canada.
WorldBikeParks.com has also named one of Silver Star Bike Parks' trails to the top 10 bike park trails in North America.
Silver Star's ski operation shut down last weekend and they are welcoming the summer with early bird season passes for the bike park now on sale.
“What a year it’s been. We opened earlier this season and conditions were consistent throughout. We welcomed home our local athlete and Sochi Paralympics gold and silver medal winner Josh Dueck,” said Anne Haight, director of sales and marketing at Silver Star Mountain Resort. “And what a great turn out on our closing weekend! We had more season pass holders attend our end of season barbecue than expected. Our first ever couch race was quite a spectacle for both spectators and participants – what a fun way to end the season with a bang.”
The $179 MyMtn FlexiCard proved to be a best seller among visitors. The pass was valid for 3 days and included unlimited access to downhill, as well other winter activities and it provided immediate savings of 25 percent.
“This was the first time we’ve introduced a card like this and visitors responded well to the savings,” said Haight. “This card was so popular we’re going to introduce a similar card for the Bike Park summer season.”
Silver Star will open its bike park on June 26 this year. Early bird downhill season passes are available right now for $309 for adults until May 31st. For an additional $20 riders can chose a cross-country (XC) add on, which allows access to the resorts expanded XC trail network for 2014. Season passes can be purchased online.
“To be recognized as the second best bike park in western Canada and not THE best, gives us something to work towards,” said Ian Galbraith, summer business manager at Silver Star. “The bike park is always evolving; we view it as vital element of the overall resort. Riders are going to be like kids in a candy store with all our new changes.”
Silver Star began expansion on its bike park in spring 2013 to introduce a new XC/All mountain riding component to the resort. This new trail network linked already existing trails with new trails. This is now being expanded with a new route to the summit from the village and the creation of a 30 kilometre single track trail.
Silver Star unveiled plans to expand its XC network and hopes to have 100 kilometers of XC single track at the resort by the end of summer 2015. There are 50+ kilometres of downhill trails ranging from green (easy) to double black (expert only) that challenge both beginners and advanced riders. Silver Star offers mountain bikers the variety of gravity fed fun downhill trails as well as the opportunity to enjoy the challenge and enjoyment of XC riding all at the same resort.
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