my Mountain News

Aussie World Cup XC Racer Gives Big Thumbs Up to Early Snow at Silver Star!

Tue, 01/11/2005 - 1:00 am

This is no Halloween trick! A blast of midwinter weather has transformed the world-famous Silver Star Mountain Resort into a snowy wonderland, and Australia’s Esther Bottomley couldn’t be happier! "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!"

The 23 year-old member of Australia’s national Nordic team hit the trails today after landing at Silver Star last week for pre-race training in advance of the World Cup races that will be held later in December. She came straight from Dusseldorf, Germany, where she competed in the season’s opener sprint event that drew hundreds of thousands of spectators. Based out of Mount Beauty in Victoria, Australia, Esther hopes to soon be joined by four other members of the Australian team for training sessions at Silver Star.

Nordic Manager Glenn Bond says that fat flakes are flying in the Village and up on the mountain, and with a few more centimetres the heavy grooming fleet will be put into full operation. "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. 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 4." Mother Nature’s bounty has been augmented by an aggressive summer grooming program that has greatly enhanced early-season conditions.

It’s a great kickoff to Silver Star’s famous "Month of Nordic" events which will feature numerous Masters training camps, waxing clinics, the Silver Star "Dash for Cash" Night Sprints (with a huge international field, including members of Canada’s National Team), and equipment demos that run from Opening Day right through until December 17. Restaurants and hotels are now open to host early season Nordic skiers. Glenn says, "even if you're not a cross country skier, banish those valley blues and come on up, bring the kids, and make a snowman!"

With all of the fresh powder and a 45cm mid-mountain base, Silver Star Mountain’s downhill skiing and snowboarding operation is poised to meet its November 24th opening day.

For further information, contact Glenn Bond, Nordic Manager, Silver Star Mountain Resort, (250) 503-7758 or e-mail at gbond@skisilverstar.com.