Giannina Broglio

Giannina Broglio

Silver Star draws crowd over the holidays

Skiers are visiting the Star from Alberta, across B.C., Washington State and Australia.

Silver Star Mountain Resort remains the place to be during the holiday.

There have been steady crowds at the resort since Christmas, with the busiest day being Sunday — about 6,000 people.

“We are tracking eight to 10 per cent ahead of last year for skier visits and then there are tubers and others on top of that,” said Anne Haight, director of sales and marketing.

Along with North Okanagan residents, skiers are visiting the Star from Alberta, across B.C., Washington State and Australia.

There is an alpine snow base of about 145 centimetres.

“When I’m talking to people, there’s nothing but smiles about the conditions here,” said Haight.

There was a flurry of white stuff Saturday as a storm passed through the North Okanagan.

“It was the icing on the cake,” said Haight.

Snow conditions aside, there have been some challenges for the resort.

Issues with electricity began developing early Monday morning and backup diesel generators were needed to keep chairlifts operating.

“The challenge for us was using computers for tickets,” said Haight, adding that a generator provided power to the ticket office.

“Once people were aware of the issues, they were OK and patient,” said Haight.

The cause of the electrical outage is unknown.

It’s expected Silver Star will be a busy place today as the resort celebrates New Year’s Eve.

“There is night skiing until about 6:30 p.m. and then we organize for the torchlight parade,” said Haight.

The parade takes place at 8 p.m. and then it’s followed by fireworks.