Fat Biking

Fat Biking Trial Begins at Silver Star

Silver Star Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the introduction of Fat Biking, one more incredible way to enjoy the snow at Silver Star. Who hasn't wanted to try riding on a bike actually made for riding in the snow!!!

Fat Biking at Silver Star will start as a short-term trial, on two specific trails, to ensure it is a good fit at the Resort and doesn’t impact cross country skiing or snowshoeing negatively. Initial trials are very encouraging and impact on trails is minimal with Fat Bikes leaving an impressively small footprint (even less than Nordic Skate skis).

The Fat Bike Trials start Friday, March 7th through to April 6th

What trails can I bike on?

  • Bridle Path (two ways), multi-use trail
  • Tin Can Alley (one way) , a Snowshoe Trail

How much does it cost?

  • No seperate ticket is required if you have a Regular Nordic or Alpine Lift Ticket, or Season Pass.
  • A Fat Bike Trail Pass only is $5.00

Where can I rent a Fat Bike:

  • If you don't have your own Fat Bike, rentals are available at Sun Country Cycle in Vernon for only $40 (same day rental) or $65.00 for 24 hours.
  • Visit www.suncountrycycle.com or call (250) 545-8775 for more information

About Fat Biking

A fat-bike is a bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.7” or wider, on wide rims. The frame of the bicycle has been modified to fit these wider tires and rims. They are designed to ride on soft unstable terrain like snow and sand. They were originally designed to ride/race on the snow in Alaska and for touring in the deserts of New Mexico. The history of fat-bikes begins in the late 1980s when regular bikes were modified to allow racers to compete in the Iditabike (later to become Iditasport) race in Alaska. About the same time bikes were being modified in the Southern US to ride the deserts in New Mexico.

A number of mountain resorts in both the US & Canada now permit Fat Biking or are in the process of trialing it. With recent articles about fat-biking have appearing in several mainstream publications in 2013 including the Globe & Mail, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine the effect on fat bike sales are on the rise. QBP (Quality Bicycle Products), a bicycle manufacturer and fat-bike industry leader, estimates that 10,000 bikes have been sold from 2005 to 2012 and predicts 10,000 more bikes to be sold in 2013/2014.

For further information about fat-biking at Silver Star Mountain Resort, please contact Guy Paulsen, Nordic Manager (250.558.6085 office / 250.503.503.7758.)

Rules of the Road

  • All riders must have a visible & valid pass to ride snow bikes on permitted trails at all times.
  • Fat Biking is included with the purchase of a valid  alpine, xc cross day ticket and/or season passes. Fat bike only tickets are available at on mountain ticket outlets ($5.00) and need to be purchased before riding the trails.
  • Tires must be 3.75” or wider with a tire pressure less than 10 PSI – no exceptions.
  • Helmets are required at all times when riding on the trail
  • All riders must stay on designated snow bike trails. Fat Biking is not permitted anywhere else but on Bridle Path (two way) and Tin Can Alley (one way).
  • All riders are to observe & follow Trail Courtesy Signage.