Snow blankets the landscape at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Snow blankets the landscape at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Alpine ski season delayed at Silver Star

The targeted opening date for downhill skiing is now Dec. 2

Downhill skiers will have to wait a little while longer before they hit the slopes.

Silver Star Mountain Resort had anticipated a start to the alpine season Thursday but that’s now been pushed back because of insufficient snow.

“Our new targeted opening for alpine skiing is Dec. 2,” said Brad Baker, operations directors.

“We will need some more snow in lower elevations to open alpine skiing.”

Currently, there is about 25 centimetres at the village, but it drops towards the bottom of the Comet Chair.

“We need between 30 and 50 centimetres at and below the village to create a quality, safe alpine skiing experience,” said Baker.

“We strive to open as soon as Mother Nature permits us with a good, safe skiing product. Call us old fashioned, but all of our snow falls from the sky here, we are 100 per cent natural.”

Nordic skiing began Monday in the mid/high alpine with early season conditions.

And there’s the expectation that the 2017/18 season will be a positive one for the resort.

“We have decided to extend our season by a week at the end. We have moved our closing date from April 2 to 9,” said Baker.