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Kick, Glide, and Skate Your Way to Silver Star – XC Trails Will Open This Weekend!!

Wed, 03/11/2004 - 1:00 am

Vernon, BC: A furious blast of midwinter weather has turned Silver Star Mountain into a winter wonderland, and the resort is pleased to announce the opening of its cross country trails this Friday, November 5. Nordic Manager Glenn Bond exclaims, “This is really mid-season skiing, but at the beginning of November! I’ve been using brand-new skis.” Guests can look forward to over 30 kilometres of trails being open, groomed, and track-set in both the upper and lower trail networks. “This is certainly one of the earliest openings ever for our lower trails,” he says. Aided by its 1,600 metre (5,300 foot) elevation, Silver Star becomes the first Nordic resort to open its trails in British Columbia.

Mother Nature’s bounty has been augmented by diligent track preparation by the Silver Star grooming staff. “Usually in early season, we’re skiing on snowmobile tracks. We’ve had enough snow to run our Bombardier BR400 grooming machine, which really creates a top-notch surface,” Bond adds. As conditions permit, Silver Star will be opening more trails as well as its new mountain view cabin, complete with wood burning stove. Six newly-cleared kilometres of trail bring the Silver Star trail network up to 60 kilometres of track-set trails.

It’s a great kickoff to Silver Star’s world famous “Month of Nordic” events, which will feature numerous Masters camps, waxing clinics, training camps (watch for Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott and other members of Canada’s National Team), and equipment demos that run right from Opening Day right through until December 17th. Silver Star’s early season training is renowned around the world. Sixteen Olympic medal winning athletes trained here prior to the Salt Lake City Olympics. Having hosted the 1991 World Cup Silver Star looks forward to welcoming teams from all across Canada, the US and Australia this season. Restaurants and hotels are now open to host early season Nordic skiers.

With all of the fresh powder and a 70 cm mid-mountain base, Silver Star Mountain’s downhill skiing and snowboarding operation is poised to meet its November 25th opening day.

For further information, contact Glenn Bond, Nordic Manager, Silver Star Mountain Resort, (250) 558-6085.