Silver Star's brand new Pisten Bully 400 snow cat makes its maiden voyage as the operations team prepares for Thursday's opening of alpine skiing.

Silver Star's brand new Pisten Bully 400 snow cat makes its maiden voyage as the operations team prepares for Thursday's opening of alpine skiing.

Downhill skiing season begins at Silver Star

Resort announces it will have Comet Express and Silver Queen Chair open Thursday

With 40 centimetres of snow in the last seven days, Silver Star Mountain Resort will open its Comet Express and Silver Queen Chair Thursday.

Skiers will have access to 19 trails.

“Our grooming machines have been track packing for about a week now and with the temperatures dipping in the past few days we have a really good base,” said Brad Baker, operations manager.

“Once again our extensive summer grooming has paid off and we are out today starting to till and lay corduroy to make for a fantastic opening.”

This year, the resort will mark its 10 millionth skier and it has started its search.

Based on the current total skiers and annual statistics, the resort is estimating it will reach this milestone by mid-season and the event will be marked with a special celebration.

Cross-country skiing has been underway at the resort for about two weeks.

Returning to Silver Star after their debut last year are the snowshoeing trails. The resort has now opened its 16 kilometres of single-track trails, which weave in and around the forested area around the village.