Silver Star Mountain Resort is bustling for the holidays.
The period between Christmas and New Year’s Day is proving to be popular as skiers and boarders hit the powder.
“We’re hoping to exceed our best day last year and our fingers are crossed we can break a record,” said Erik Kalacis, director of sales and marketing, who would not get into specific figures. “We’re a full house lodging-wise until early in the new year.”
Many of those on the hill are from the North Okanagan.
“We’re grateful for the support from the community,” said Kalacis.
However, skiers have also come from the Lower Mainland, Alberta, Ontario and from the U.S., including Washington State and California.
The major draw is the snow – currently there’s a snow base of about 145 centimetres.
“We got blessed with a nice dump of snow,” said Kalacis. “The conditions are awesome and our guests are all having fun.”
Besides the skiing, crowds are also flocking to the Star for the other amenities – Tube Town and skating, to name a few.
New is the Brewer’s Pond Base, which serves as a warming facility, while also offering ticket sales, rentals and retail activities.
Huge crowds are anticipated Saturday night as the resort celebrates New Year’s Eve.
Night skiing ends at 6:30 p.m., with the torchlight parade at 8 p.m. and the fireworks to follow.
“It’s a popular event with the community,” said Kalacis.
For more New Year’s Eve events visit The Morning Star listing here.