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Silver Star Mountain Resort Opens Silver Woods - Canada's Newest Lift and Terrain

Tue, 29/11/2005 - 12:00 am

Vernon, B.C.: With 107 centimetres of early-season snow blanketing Silver Star Mountain Resort, the green light has been given to open the brand-new Silver Woods Express for Saturday, December 3 – a full two weeks ahead of schedule.

"Silver Woods is the biggest news in Canadian skiing this year, comments Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Big White and Silver Star Ski Resorts. “This $6 million lift is the only one in Canada that will service brand new terrain, with ten runs and five gladed areas ready for skiers and riders." It will truly be a day to remember, with local dignitaries on hand, and 'fresh tracks' to those who will be first in line!

Made by Leitner-Poma in Grand Junction, CO, with civil engineering and installation coordinated in Kelowna and at Silver Star, this high-speed detachable quad has been finished and load-tested since mid-October. Silver Woods offers 360 acres of all-new skiing terrain on ten runs and five glade areas. Vertical drop is 359 metres – almost 1200 vertical feet. The base of the Silver Woods lift is 140 metres (400 vertical feet) below the Comet Express, adding length to runs on Silver Star's Vance Creek side of the mountain.

Silver Woods Statistics:

Type: Leitner Poma Detachable Quad
Lift cost $4.5 million CDN, slope prep and other associated costs $1.5M CDN, total - $6M CDN
Length 1235 metres (4051 feet)
Vertical 359 m (1177 vertical feet)
Number of chairs 66
Uphill capacity 1842 skiers per hour, @ 5.1 metres/second
Ride time is 4.1 minutes (operating at 5.1 m/s)
Terrain: 360 acres, ten new runs, five new glades – north east facing aspect will preserve snow and provide excellent early and late season conditions.
Since purchasing Silver Star Mountain Resort in 2002, Schumann Resorts has put $18 million in on-hill improvements and $54 million in new accommodations.

Silver Star Mountain Resort is located 18 kilometers (12 miles) east of Vernon, BC, and about an hour's drive from Kelowna International Airport in British Columbia's Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Region.