Short and sweet wildflower tour offered at Silver Star

There’s a new guided walk up at Silver Star Mountain Resort this summer.

There’s a new guided walk up at Silver Star Mountain Resort this summer.

The  Short and Sweet Mountain Wildflower Tour runs every Monday to Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m.

“People have been asking for a shorter wildflower tour to fit their busy schedules and to accommodate all ages and abilities,” explains Silver Star’s accomplished naturalist guide, Roseanne Van Ee of Outdoor Discoveries. “Groups have booked this as a private tour in past summers, but now everyone can join us on the prescheduled activity.”

Van Ee believes this may be the perfect summer to introduce the tour.

“All the spring and summer rain has drenched the soil and now the sun is warming the mountain slopes. We’re seeing lush growth and I’m predicting an amazing wildflower show from mid-July through the summer.”

The Short and Sweet Mountain Wildflower Tour departs from Silver Star’s gold rush era styled village along trails through open wildflower meadows and forested slopes to spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains. Participants will hear stories about the mountain’s wildflowers, wildlife, history and more.

This new excursion complements the Bears and Berries tour and The Grand Mountain Wildflower Tour, where participants are whisked up to the mountain top on the village chairlift.

During the Bears and Berries tour, Thursday through Saturday mornings, groups hike along mountain trails discovering amazing facts about black bears and their habitats on a fun and adventurous hike along mountain trails, said Van Ee, adding visitors can even try some of bears favourite foods.

The full afternoon Grand Mountain Wildflower Tour runs on Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Each tour winds up with a lemonade and cookie picnic.

Van Ee also adds tips and hints to improve digital photos.

“I’ve always been a photo buff and enjoy helping others get the most from their cameras,” she said. “Tour participants are really happy to learn a few tricks that create way better photos to impress their family and friends.”

Those wishing to leave the valley heat for a refreshing mountain stroll can book a tour at www.OutdoorDiscoveries.com or phone Silver Star’s summer ticket office at 250-558-6010, or e-mail tickets@skisilverstar.com.