SilverStar Mountain Resort to open downhill season Friday

SilverStar on track to open

Victoria Femia

Major highway closures could be a cause for concern for SilverStar Mountain Resort – but it's still on track to open this weekend.

The resort had 49 centimetres of snow hit the ground over the last seven days, with an alpine base of 101 cm Tuesday afternoon and 65 cm in the village.

Resort spokesperson Chantelle Deacon says the Star is gearing up for opening day on Friday.

“We just recommend everybody purchase their tickets online in advance. They are quite a bit more expensive at the ticket window,” says Deacon.

“Get the best price, purchase it online.”

Kelowna’s Big White has seen a rash of cancellations from the Lower Mainland due to continued highway closures, vice-president Michael Ballingall said Monday.

That has yet to be the case for SilverStar, however.

“We haven’t seen a significant amount of cancellations yet, but we’ve definitely seen some,” said Deacon.

“We do anticipate, if the roads do remain closed, that we will see more cancellations after opening and going into Christmas.”

SilverStar will host its annual Light Up event on Friday, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a little bit different. We’re not going to have our big fireworks show. We don’t want to draw massive crowds,” said Deacon.

“But we are going to have lots of vendors up here for a little Christmas market, we’re going to have a Christmas laneway all lit up. It’ll be really cute and magical and festive ... a great thing to come and do with your family.”

The resort has protocols in place this season to remain in accordance with the provincial health orders.

Deacon says vaccine passports are mandatory in all seated food and beverage outlets, but are not mandated for skiing and snowboarding.

Face coverings are mandatory on all lift-lines and lifts, however.

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