A spring skier enjoys what’s left of the 2013/14 season at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

A spring skier enjoys what’s left of the 2013/14 season at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

New and renewed events wrap up ski season

Silver Star Mountain Resort has launched its first inaugural couch race as spring skiing is now in full swing at the resort.

Silver Star Mountain Resort has launched its first inaugural couch race as spring skiing is now in full swing at the resort.

On April 6, teams of up to five people will be involved in racing a couch that has been mounted with skis through the village on a gradual slope with $500 in prizes up for grabs.

The new event combines with the popular Showdown Throwdown Hoedown event now in its ninth year.

From today until Sunday, Silver Star teams up with the B.C. Freestyle Ski Association and the B.C. Snowboard Association to host the Showdown held in the terrain park. The event gives skiers and snowboarders the chance to earn points in the world rankings Open Pro and Open Amateur categories. Entry costs $100 for Pro/Open competitors and $60 for amateurs.

“Spring skiing is a special time for many folks. It’s a long-running tradition that many look forward to every year,” said Anne Haight, Silver Star sales and marketing director.

“Unlike during the regular season, there is no rush for first chair and first tracks, but rather, it is a much more relaxed vibe with goggle tans and socializing becoming priority.”

Silver Star closes its alpine terrain April 6 this year.

For its last weekend, the resort will be celebrating spring skiing with a retro day April 5 where guests are invited to dust off their old school ski outfits for a fashionable day on the slopes. A fashion show at 3 p.m. will give retro spring skiing enthusiasts the opportunity to strut their stuff on the runway.

April 6 is Hawaiian shirt day and all season pass holders are invited to attend a free barbecue hosted by Silver Star managers.

“Closing day is always a party. This is the chance to gather your best Jimmy Buffet shirt, splash on the sun screen and soak up the rays for one last time,” said Haight.

In addition, on closing weekend, Silver Star is hosting the 2014 Spring Loaded Telemark Festival. All abilities are invited to ski and socialize with the local telemark community and meet racers and skiers from around the world.