SilverStar Mountain Resort is delaying its alpine skiing and snowboarding opening due to a lack of snow.
Originally set to open Nov. 30, the Vernon mountain’s downhill season will now start on Dec. 8.
“While Mother Nature is usually reliable with our early season snow, she is taking her time in starting to give us the usual 700 cm of annual snow we receive,” the mountain said in a press release Nov. 28. “There is snow in the forecast for this weekend and know that we are working really hard to bring you an amazing 2023/24 winter season.”
The delay follows the lead of other mountains in the area, which are also experiencing less snow than expected. Big White recently pushed back its season start date to Dec. 5, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort announced Monday it will also be postponing its season opener.
SilverStar is open for nordic skiing and snowshoeing, with over 15 kilometres of upper nordic trails and 14 kilometres of snowshoe trails. Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is also open.
In addition, all of the restaurants in the village are now open, including The Red Antler, D’Argento, Coffee Plus and Town Hall, as well as The Den with a brand new winter menu.
The gondola will be open 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily for cross-country skiers only with valid tickets or passes starting Nov. 29 to Dec. 7.
Stores including Evolve, the Double Diamond repair shop and the rental shop are also open at the village.
Tickets and season passes are available at skisilverstar.com.