Kelowna, BC: This is the moment that skiers and snowboarders have been waiting for all summer long! On Thursday, November 25, the switch will be flipped and the bull wheels will start turning when the Okanagan’s two most popular resorts — Silver Star and Big White — open for the 2004/2005 season. Locals not requiring accommodation can take advantage of half-price lift tickets — $30 for adults, (GST extra), $26 for youth and seniors, and $16 for children. Kids five and under ski for free, while American visitors celebrating the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend or others requiring accommodations through the mountain’s Central Reservation systems ski free. Big White will have discounted lift tickets on November 25 and November 26, and will go to full-price lift tickets on Saturday, November 27 when more terrain opens.
“We’re happy with the early-season conditions,” says Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President for both Big White and Silver Star Resorts. “A little snow goes a lot further than it used to as we’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on summer slope grooming with crews working extremely hard in anticipation of our scheduled opening date.”
At Big White for this weekend the Ridge Rocket high-speed quad and The Plaza Quad will service three runs, Highway 33, Easy Out, and Hummingbird.
Over at Silver Star, the Summit, Silver Queen and Magic Carpet lifts at Silver Star will open, and non-skiers can enjoy the skating pond. The Kid’s Centre and Silver Star Snowsport School will be providing daycare and ski and snowboard lessons. Silver Star’s renowned cross country trails will be open as well; currently, Silver Star boasts more open trails than any Nordic resort in the northern hemisphere! Nordic Festival events will continue throughout the weekend, including the Turkey Trot Loppet on Saturday, November 27.
As the season progresses, skiers and riders will notice many improvements at both mountains — the new TELUS Park at Big White, with its Super Pipe, half-pipe, rail garden, and boarder and skier cross course. Six new trails on the Gem Lake side and the new Cliff and TELUS Park chairlifts will be operational as soon as conditions permit.
In celebration of this week’s opening, Big White Ski & Board School and the Silver Star Snowsport School will be offering beginner ski and snowboard Discover Lessons for only $24.95 (regular $54.00). The Discover program includes a 2-hour group ski or board lesson, beginner lift ticket and equipment rentals for the entire day. Private lessons will be offered at 50% off the regular retail price until December 5, 2004.
Silver Star’s Tube Town will be open on Saturday, November 27 and Sunday November 28. Tubing will be $3.00 per person for the entire day. The tube lifts will not be in operation; however, there will be a designated walking lane to access the tubing runs.
Silver Star has a new Bombardier BR 300 winch cat that will buff out some of its steeper runs to corduroy perfection. You’ll also find a new boarder/skier cross course, air-style jumps, and more terrain park features. A new recreational race centre and a spacious glade on the Putnam Creek side of the mountain round out the improvements at this gem of a resort in British Columbia’s northern Okanagan.
For further information, contact:
Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Schumann Resorts for Big White & Silver Star Ski Resorts.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: (250) 765-3101