Mother Nature seems to be the center of attention these days and she kept her unruly reputation alive as Silver Star Mountain Resort set to open the Mountain Bike Park for the 2011 summer season. Coming out of Western Canada’s snowiest winter was already going to be a challenge for Cam Sorensen (Silver Star’s Bike Park Director) and his Trail Crew team but add to that the fact that the Okanagan heat never seemed to arrive to assist with melting away the snow. “We used 10 guys, 10 hours a day for 2 weeks and had 4 pieces of heavy equipment moving tons of snow.” said Sorensen “We made great progress and were expecting to have 75% of the 17 trails open for today” he added. What he and the rest of the team were not expecting for opening day was heavy rain overnight that turned to snow in the morning hours. “4 cms of our winter white stuff fell from the sky this morning but we were not going to let it get us down!” said Michael Sherwood, Silver Star GM. “We have been preparing for this day for a long time so rain or shine or snow we are going to get these riders out on the trails.” Sherwood added with a grin as he surveyed the crowd of armor clad riders gathering by the ticket office.
The Comet 6-Pack Express opened on time at 10am and riders took to the muddy conditions like brown on rice (the healthy kind). Due to the challenging conditions it was not a record opening day for the Bike Park, but 350 two wheeled thrill seekers from all over the globe were all smiles. “A lot of the riders here today aren’t Okanagan locals” said Ian Galbraith, Summer Business Manager for Silver Star. “I was amazed by the number of riders from Vancouver, Alberta, and Europe. Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, England, and Sweden were all represented on the mountain today and in true Canadian style we treated them to some snow” he added.
Silver Star Mountain Resort and the Bike Park are open daily for the summer season from June 24th to Sept 5th and with two additional weekends on Sept 10/11 and 17/18. The charming village Silver Star is famous for in the winter is equally as magical in the summer and many visitors make the 22 km trip from Vernon to enjoy the views, fresh mountain air, and explore the restaurants and shops. “Other activities like scenic chairlift rides, horseback riding, guided nature hikes, and just general wandering provide guests lots of options” explains Galbraith. “The village has a relaxing atmosphere and people love to just escape the city and come here to unwind.” If unwinding is not the reason to visit it might be one of the many events on the calendar this summer. The Piping Hot Summer Drummer School, Rare Earth Music Festival, 5 Peaks Trail Running Race, Wildflower Festival, and Goat Style Mountain Bike Festival all promise to add fun and excitement to the summer season.
If you are not a mountain biker or are in the area without your trusty steed, the summer rental shop has a fleet of over 50 Norco bikes and some swanky new Fox protective armor. The bikes are suited for aggressive riders and those just looking to just go exploring and are available starting at $35 capping out at $148 for a Platinum package that includes the full day lift pass of $39 for adults, bike, armor, and full face helmet rental.
Stay trailside and ride the bike park starting at $75 per person per day!
To learn more about what is on offer at Silver Star this summer be sure to visit online at www.skisilverstar.com