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Snowcat Dinner Tours Offer Fine Dining at Silver Star

Sat, 11/02/2012 - 8:58 am

Feb 8, 2012 | Becky Lomax, Western Editor OnTheSnow

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British Columbia’s Silver Star Mountain Resort specializes in dinner events. You can snowshoe, snowmobile, or ride a sleigh to dinner, but one of the most romantic experiences happens at Paradise Camp, accessible only by a snowcat.

During the day, the restaurant at Paradise Camp serves as an outpost for warming up skiers with food and drink at the top of the Powder Gulch lift. But on Friday and Saturday nights, the rustic cabin transforms into a fine dining restaurant lit by candles and lanterns.

The only way to get to Paradise Camp is by riding the Paradise Express snowcat. Tours depart every hour between 5-7 p.m. Even though the cabin is enclosed, you’ll still appreciate being bundled for the ride or can pull a blanket over your legs for extra warmth.

Silver Star Snowcat Tour Dinner

The Paradise Express snowcat carries diners up the ski runs at Silver Star to Paradise Camp for dinner. Photo by Becky Lomax.

At Paradise Camp, the restaurant offers three seatings for dinner. Candlelight, tablecloths, and wine convert the daytime café into a relaxed atmosphere for fine dining.

Dinner starts with a menu of tapas that makes you want to try every one. The roasted butternut squash bisque is a sure-fire rich way to warm up after the snowcat ride, but the drunken prawns are a must-have, too. The choices range from Thai spring rolls to organic greens.

Silver Star Snowcat Tour Dinner

The snowcat tour dinner menu includes a variety of tapas, such as organic greens. Photo by Becky Lomax.

The entrees pose a second dilemma. Every dish sounds so yummy that you want to try them all. Meat lovers will find a New York strip loin while seafood fans can go for wild British Columbia salmon. Other dishes include a spicy sausage fusilli, spiced duckling, and a tofu entrée for vegans.

This is a dinner to linger over drinks. An extensive wine list offers broad options, including local Okanagan wines, to pair with different courses. You can also order cocktails or specialty martinis.

A selection of desserts finishes off the dinner. One of the most decadent, and therefore satisfying, is the turtle pie cheesecake topped with pecans and caramel.

Silver Star Snowcat Tour Dinner

Turtle pie tops off the night at Paradise Camp. Photo by Becky Lomax.

Following dinner, the snowcat returns to carry diners back to the village. Contrary to the ride up in which the tour guide pointed out tidbits about Silver Star, the ride back buzzes with several conversations spun from both fine food and drink.

Everything is charge a la carte for the evening. The round trip snowcat ride costs $20 per person. Tapas run $12-18. Entrees cost $27-32.

Make reservations by calling 250-558-6019. For more information, look here.