January 12, 2011

Silver Star - Vernon, BC

Exhausted after skiing and then driving across Monashee Pass to Silver Star, near Vernon, BC, I rolled in at 9 p.m. and hit the rack at Silver Star above Vernon, BC.  It was a both-hands-on-the-wheel drive from Nakusp, snowy and slick on a windy Highway 6. With it snowing at bed time, I dreamed of powder.

Dreams come true.  I awoke to 16" fresh, dry Okanagan powder!  Following some locals, we had several nice laps with nearly continuous face shots on the front side while the good patrollers worked on getting the backside open.  The faceshotfest contined as the backside lived up to its name:  Powder Express. 

After a morning of fresh snow without lift lines, I had to pack up and return home.  BC had some terrific snow over the past couple of weeks, and Silver Star continued the trend.  Spending more time exploring Silver Star is part of the plan; back/side country potential is intriguing, and its location is perfect for powder circuit trips kicking off from Kelowna's airport.

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