Weekend rain in the valley bottom has translated into about 23 centimetres of snow in the Silver Star village Monday morning.

Weekend rain in the valley bottom has translated into about 23 centimetres of snow in the Silver Star village Monday morning.

Weekend snow pushes Silver Star towards nordic opening

Valley bottom rain translated into about 23 centimetres of snow being in the village Monday

Anticipation is building among skiers as the first major snowfall of the season blankets Silver Star.

Valley bottom rain throughout the weekend translated into about 23 centimetres of snow being in the village Monday and more than 35 centimetres at higher elevations.

“It’s dry, not heavy stuff,” said Brad Baker, Silver Star Mountain Resort’s operations director.

On Tuesday, staff will begin track-packing and rolling the cross-country trails. Anticipated snowfall later this week will allow grooming to start in anticipation of the nordic season opening Nov. 12.

“As long as we don’t get a warm spell, we’re well on track,” said Baker.

“Things are looking good.”

Snow usually begins falling any time after the third week of October, and as of Monday morning, the snow line was down to the first switchback on Silver Star Road.

Baker says there were a lot of happy staff members Monday morning when they saw the snow.

“It gets everyone in the right gear. It cracks the whip and puts us in the right direction to open,” he said.

The alpine season is expected to start Nov. 26.