The history of organized skiing on Silver Star Mountain dates back to 1958, when a road was pushed through to what is now the core village.
Silver Star Sports Limited opened an A-frame day lodge and two rope-tow lifts. That original A-frame still stands at today's Silver Star Mountain Resort, although it has morphed into the Pinnacles Suite Hotel, where historic photos are displayed in the lobby.
Improved Facilities at Silver Star
Those rope tows are long gone. Over the decades lift capacity has steadily increased with double, quad and six-pack chairs – each successive generation augmenting or replacing earlier facilities – alleviating congestion as traffic increased. Lift improvements have also been made for beginners, with the installation of three magic carpets.
New terrain has been added to Silver Star at regular intervals. When the Putnam Creek area opened in 1989/90, first serviced by snowcat (tractor-like vehicle) and now by the Powder Gulch Express, it boosted the resort's diversity with a wide array of black diamond and double-black diamond runs.
A year later, the first cross-country trails were cleared and Silver Star hosted a World Cup Nordic event. The most recent expansion is the Silver Woods area, with seven blue runs, while the TELUS Park terrain park has added a whole new dimension for snowboarders.
Mountain biking made its debut at Silver Star in the summer of 1991 and soon held a World Cup event. Since then, trails and facilities have steadily expanded.
While the first day lodge at Silver Star was a typical alpine A-frame, the resort's distinctive Victorian theme soon took over. Hotels, condominiums and vacation homes have nearly all stuck with the ornate style, apparently trying to outdo each other with their creative colour schemes.
In 2001, Silver Star Mountain Resort was bought out by the Australian Schumann family. The following year, Schumann Resorts Inc. purchased Big White Ski Resort in nearby Kelowna, giving visitors the option of a completely different skiing or boarding experience as part of the Silver Star package.