Although lifts officially stopped loading for the summer downhill biking and alpine hiking season last Sunday, Silver Star Mountain Resort has announced the extension of its cross-country mountain biking and valley hiking season until Sept. 28.
Already close to a 20 per cent increase in visits over last summer, the resort is continuing to host season pass and day ticket holders on select, maintained and patrolled lower cross-country bike trails and permitted hiking trails. Over the seasons, Silver Star has continued to gain momentum as one of Canada’s most sought after summer resort destinations for mountain biking, hiking and family adventure. To accommodate the response, Silver Star’s accommodation providers, family-friendly saloon servers and trail maintenance staff will continue to offer their services and welcome guests for the remainder of the month.
Kicking off the 2014 riding season with the addition of over 20-kilometers of new downhill and cross-country mountain biking trails, the Silver Star Bike Park was a massive draw for all levels of riders including some of the biggest names in professional riding today, such as top ranking World Cup competitors Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin.
Further affirming the growing awareness of the Silver Star Bike Park is the International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) recently awarded Silver Ride Centre Status, presented to Silver Star for their outstanding design of a large-scale mountain bike facility offering something for every rider.
Upon his return from the IMBA World Summit in Steamboat Springs, Colorado this summer, Ian Galbraith, summer business manager commented: “I’m confident that the resort’s commitment to invest more than $250,000 over two years into expanding the bike park played a key role in gaining Silver Star this prestigious designation.”
Competitors gathering from across the Pacific Northwest for the largest BC Cup of the season shared similar sentiments. With sanctioning for the first time as a NW Cup race, the July event attracted riders from Washington and Oregon, seeking points towards the overall NW Cup title.
“We’re now reflecting on one of our best summer seasons in history,” said Anne Haight, director of marketing and sales at Silver Star.
“We’re extremely pleased with the response to our new terrain and the ongoing loyalty of our visitors. While avid mountain bikers were riding in the park, we had a lot of families come out to explore our cross-country trails and ride our scenic SkyChair to higher alpine hiking trails.
“The resort was buzzing from June to September and we expect the same again for summer 2015 as the word spreads of our terrain, awards and friendly community.”
But it’s not just about sports enthusiasts at Silver Star. Over the Aug. 9-10 weekend, Silver Star’s Summer Wine and Food Festival also drew a record crowd. More than 400 wine and food enthusiasts flocked to the resort for the outdoor festival and to enjoy the resort’s collaboration with renowned chef and successful Vancouver restaurateur, David Hawksworth.
The festival was part of a larger strategic plan to expand Silver Star’s food and beverage division, which includes the hiring announcement of Silver Star’s first year-round executive chef, Brendan Blair. Blair leads the charge in enhancing the dining experience at Silver Star. His menus offer visitors the opportunity to experience some of the finest food and wine purveyors found throughout the Okanagan.
After Sept. 28, Silver Star will switch gears in preparation of the 2014 / 2015 winter season.
With the first all-inclusive season pass and day ticketing program in the country, Silver Star skiers and boarders not only enjoy daily access to the resort’s 3,269 acres of incredible terrain, but additionally unlimited access to the resort’s Nordic trails, snowshoe trails, Tube Town Adventure Park, ice skating, night skiing and free access to 12 additional resorts in the ‘Powder Alliance’, a group of specialty resorts found throughout the western U.S.A., each accessible for three free days of skiing by Silver Star ‘My1 Pass’ pass holders. Early bird winter season pass pricing remains in place until Sept. 30.
For more information on Silver Star’s ‘My1 Pass’ and the upcoming season, anticipated to begin in late November 2014, visit www.winter.skisilverstar.com