SilverStar Resort, Vernon, photo credit: Blake Jorgenson


Ski Safari — Silver Star and Sun Peaks Resorts

Stars and Sun — Winter vacations don’t get any better than at these two famous resorts!

This easy road trip hits the Thompson Okanagan’s two largest ski resorts — SilverStar Mountain Resort and Sun Peaks Resort. Whether you’re a Nordic or downhill skier, you’ll find plenty of challenge (not to mention great snow) at SilverStar. The quaint Victorian-theme mining village is a winner, too! Sun Peaks Resort’s award-winning pedestrian village is augmented by skiing and snowboarding on three separate mountain faces.

Days 1 & 2 — Silver Star Mountain Resort

Storybook charm, warm, friendly staff, legendary powder, and 3,282 ski-able acres. Welcome to SilverStar Mountain Resort! SilverStar’s charming, pedestrian-only village offers convenient ski-in, ski-out access to SilverStar’s hotels, boutique retail shops, restaurants, and cafes. The Victorian-inspired, mid-mountain village provides ski-in, ski-out access from every doorstep. Thanks to the Okanagan valley’s unique micro climate, SilverStar receives over 700 cms (275 inches) annually of the lightest and driest snow in the world. Over the next few days, enjoy over a hundred uncrowded trails on two very different mountain faces — the Vance Creek for families and Putnam Creek for the more adventurous.

With over a hundred kilometers of cross-country trails at the resort and adjacent Sovereign Lakes Nordic Centre, SilverStar’s cross-country trails are truly world class — indeed, many Olympic athletes have trained here. Non-skiers could spend a holiday here and never run out of things to do! Tube Town park offers endless family fun. Go on a professionally guided snowmobile or snowshoe tour, take the whole family on a sleigh ride or enjoy a massage at one of the on-site spas. How about ice skating on Brewer’s Pond, or an indoor rock-climbing lesson? You can even snowshoe to the rustic, warm Wild Horseman’s Cabin for a fondue dinner.

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SilverStar Resort, Vernon photo credit: Blake Jorgenson

SilverStar Resort, Vernon photo credit: Blake Jorgenson

Day 3 — SilverStar Mountain Resort to Sun Peaks Resort ( 3 hours)

Enjoy your last morning skiing at SilverStar Mountain Resort. Transfer to Sun Peaks Resort via Highway #97 west to Kamloops and Highway #5 north to the Sun Peaks turn-off. It is approximately 20 minutes drive from the turn-off to Sun Peaks Resort.

Get settled in at your Sun Peaks accommodations.

Days 4, 5, & 6 — Sun Peaks Resort

Three mountains, one village, four seasons — discover the magic at Sun Peaks Resort! With 4,270 ski-able acres, this year-round destination resort is the second-largest area in British Columbia and third largest in Canada. Three mountains rise 2,900 vertical feet above a charming ski-in, ski-out village. Nestled in a storybook slope side setting, Sun Peaks Resort offers all of the essentials at your fingertips — hotels, condos, chalets, B&B’s, hostels, restaurants, spa and shops. Take a daily tour of the mountain with Sun Peaks’ ski ambassador Nancy Greene-Raine, Olympic champion and Canada’s Athlete of the Half-Century.

So much to see and so much to do! Non-skiers (or skiers and boarders who want to take a day off) can explore many other activities and venues around the resort. Try dog-sledding, snowshoeing, Off-road Segways, Ice Fishing, or perhaps snowmobiling. Or if you would like to just relax and see the sites, take in a sleigh ride village tour. Get the family together and head over to the fabulous Sports Centre equipped with an outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and children’s wading pool. Rent some skates and go for a spin or play some hockey on the outdoor skating rink. Go for a rollickin’ ride at Tube Time, Sun Peaks’ lift-accessed toboggan hill. For something completely different, try a Sno-Limo Tour.

Winter Okanagan Wine Festival, Sun Peaks, Kamloops photo credit: Tourism Sun Peaks / Kelly Funk

Winter Okanagan Wine Festival, Sun Peaks, Kamloops photo credit: Tourism Sun Peaks / Kelly Funk

Destination Information:
Tourism Vernon
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