Skiers head down the slopes at Silver Star Mountain Resort. The resort is preparing for a busy Christmas season.

Silver Star stoked for holiday

Between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the busiest time of the season for the resort

Silver Star Mountain Resort is preparing for large crowds to hit the slopes over the holidays.

Between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the busiest time of the season for the resort as locals and visitors enjoy the powder.

“We’ve had fantastic snow,” said Moragh MacAulay, media co-ordinator.

“Across North America, we’re No. 11 for snowfall. The skiers are so happy, just delighted.”

As of Wednesday, there was a snow base of about 129 centimetres.

The number of skiers on the hill varies but some days over the holiday will see up to 6,000 people.

The vast majority come from the North Okanagan, but traditionally, skiers are also visiting from Alberta, across B.C., Washington State and Australia.

“Across the board, everything is looking really good,” said MacAulay, adding that while there are still a few hotel rooms left, they are booking up fast.

“Reservations are pretty much flat-out.”

Numerous activities are planned for today, Christmas Eve.

There are photos with Santa Claus outside of the Goody Box from noon to 1 p.m. and the Kokanee Singers with Paul Moore are on the deck of Town Hall at 3 p.m.

At 5:05 p.m., children will start the torchlight parade, followed by the adults at 5:15 p.m.

And at 5:30 p.m., the night sky will come alive with the colour of fireworks.

“The fireworks display will be bigger this year,” said MacAulay.

Skiing and snowboarding will dominate the holidays but even if North Okanagan residents don’t participate in those sports, MacAulay says the resort is just a great place to embrace the festive spirit.

“Night and day, it’s just beautiful up here with the snow and the lights,” she said.

 

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