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Dubbed mini Disneyland for skiers, Silver Star gets plenty of snow and will give you and your family a warm, Canadian welcome...
Having access to two ski areas means Silver Star can offer its visitors both long, rolling, groomed cruisers and steeper slopes covered in deep powder.
Resort height: 1,609m
Vance Creek, above the village, is the place to find beginner and intermediate slopes (interspersed with a few short sharp expert runs through the trees) that wind their way down into Silver Star.
Putnam Creek, on the other hand, is best left to those who know what they're doing. Here, you will find super steep groomed runs, as well as lots of exciting off-piste routes.
Whatever type of runs you do, snow cover should not be a problem: the resort gets an average of between 6m and 7m of high quality, dry snow - called “champagne powder” by the locals - a year.
Importantly for families with young children, the temperatures in Silver Star are also less extreme than in many Canadian resorts. Daytime temperatures average a comfortable -3 C, which is cold enough to keep the snow light and fluffy, but not so cold that you and your little ones will freeze on the slopes.
Downsides include that there are relatively few lifts to get around on - with Putnam Creek particularly poorly serviced. However, if you can get to nearby Big White, you can ski there on the same pass.
Silver Star visitors can also enjoy a terrain park and family fun race centre, as well as night skiing and an extensive cross-country trail network.
Kelowna airport is just 65km, or 40 miles, from Silver Star, and there are transfer services available...
The bad news, however, is that you will have to change planes - usually in Vancouver or Calgary - to get there.
Beginners are well catered for, but intermediates will have the biggest choice of runs in Silver Star...
For expert skiers and boarders, on the other hand, there are much better Canadian ski resorts.
Silver Star is not party central. But it's a pretty low cost choice (once you're there) and families will love the numerous kid-friendly activities...
Silver Star is not the place to go for jumping après-ski bars - although you can have a boogie in Vance Creek Saloon or a cosy drink or two in either the Bulldog Café or the Den.
For food, try Bella's Down Under for tapas or Long John's for pub fare. And for a more refined eating experience, head to the Silver Grill Steak and Chop House.
Kids will love Tube Town - a tubing (sledging) area a short walk from the centre. And non-skiers of all ages will enjoy visiting the resort's bowling alley or wrapping up and taking a horse drawn sleigh ride. Snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating and indoor climbing are also available, while those seeking a more relaxing time can pay a visit to the resort spa.
Cost of living 6/10
Food and drink in Silver Star is pretty affordable. You can find budget accommodation too. As with all Canadian ski holidays, however, you will have to fork out for a long-haul flight to get there.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
Silver Star's history dates back to the late 1950s, when organised skiing first started on the slopes around what is now the resort. However, you could be forgiven for thinking it dated from the 1890s as the pedestrianised village is built on a Victorian-era mining town theme, complete with brightly coloured store fronts that would not look out of place on a film set. It's certainly quaint - although some find it garish.