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Year-Round Fun at SilverStar Resort

There’s so much to do at SilverStar Resort year-round. From hiking and biking to skiing and snowboarding — each season offers several unique experiences. Centrally located in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley in the Monashee Mountain Range, this colourful Village is a short drive from where I live and a perfect location for a weekend getaway.

Recently, I decided to sell my skis and focus on summer sports such as golfing, kayaking, and wine touring instead (yes, I’m counting wine touring as a sport), so I am happy to see that many ski resorts have expanded to include a wide variety of activities for everyone. On this visit, I was there for the Summer Wine Festival, an event in which SilverStar partnered with Oliver and Osoyoos Wine Country to feature local Okanagan wines paired with delicious culinary dishes.

Where to Stay at SilverStar Resort

There are many wonderful accommodations throughout the Resort, and where you stay depends on your preferences, availability, and affordability. On this visit, I stayed at Snowbird Lodge and couldn’t have picked a better property — a luxury condo, slopeside, with my very own hot tub on a private deck! This suite would be fabulous for longer stays with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, gas fireplace, underground parking, and a private hot tub. If that doesn’t convince you, this will… the front door is steps from Bugagoos Bakery and Café, where you can find the most amazing pastries, breakfasts, and coffee.

SilverStar Resort, Vernon, BC

Dining at SilverStar Resort

SilverStar Resort has around 18 places to eat in the Village, including restaurants, pubs, lounges, and cafés. There’s something for everyone, from quick food to fine dining, and you can find different options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The following are the restaurants and cafés where I dined during this visit. For all the restaurant options at SilverStar, visit the Resort’s restaurant webpage and check them out for yourself on your next visit to the mountain.

Bulldog Cafe SilverStar Resort, Vernon, BC

The Bulldog Grand Café – The Bulldog’s menu offers many foods, mostly focusing on Dutch and Thai-Indonesian cuisine with a hint of West Coast fusion. All menu items are prepared from the freshest ingredients, and all baked items are housemade in their bakery. The Bulldog’s Canadian and Indonesian chefs have created a perfect blend of tastes between East and West. It’s the ideal place to enjoy a casual meal or drink in the main café or the large, covered and heated Patio Lounge. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Bugaboos Bakery and Café – Celebrating 25 years in business, Bugaboos is a well-known and well-loved SilverStar establishment. Owner Frank hand-roasts coffee beans and bakes daily for the freshest of treats. From delicious pastries, bread, and cream puffs to the most delicious breakfast omelette croissants — everything is so yummy that just one isn’t enough! Check out their menu here: bugaboosbakerycafe.com, or better yet, visit and taste the delicious treats for yourself.

Pasties at Bugaboos Bakery and Cafe, SilverStar Resort, Vernon, BC
Pizza Gratta, SilverStar Resort, Vernon, BC

Pizza Gratta – You can’t beat Pizza Gratta’s handmade sourdough pizzas made from scratch and using only organic and locally grown ingredients. Pizza Gratta is a family-run artisanal pizza shop located at SilverStar and one in downtown Vernon. I tried the Tropical Chicken but saw many more on the menu that I would like to try. You can order a full pizza or a slice, a great option for lunch between activities on the mountain.

Black Pine SocialBlack Pine Social’s menu consists of upscale food served in a casual setting. Dishes are made from locally sourced and sustainable products. Black Pine’s chefs are inspired by European and Japanese flavours, and this is evident in their dishes.

Another highlight of Black Pine Social’s menu is its seasonally crafted cocktails, complemented by carefully selected wine and beer to pair perfectly with the food.

Black Pine Social, SilverStar BC

Things to Do at Silver Star Resort

SilverStar is busy both in the summer and winter, including festivals and special events. Summer activities include enduro, downhill, cross-country biking, Gnome Rome, gondola rides, and many hiking and running trails to explore. For those who enjoy winter sports, there’s downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing tours, fat biking, snowcat tours, guided mountain tours, mini snowmobile rentals for kids, snowmobile tours, hockey games, art gallery and museum, and even ski in/ski out bowling. Keep up-to-date with what’s happening, book accommodations, and buy passes on SilverStar Resort’s website.

Wine Festivals – One of the highlights for me was visiting SilverStar Resort in the summer for their Wine Festival. The Riedel “Long Table Al Fresco” Winefest Dinner, seated outside, was amazing, and Executive Chef SilverStar Scott Sanderson and his team did a fabulous job creating masterful dishes. The delicious meal, pictured below, included Panzanella Salad, fresh BC Halibut Cheeks, a Fraser Valley Duck Confit, Venison Stuffed Gnocchi with SilverStar Huckleberry Jus, and finished with Haskap-Lemon Cheesecake Parfaits.

Matt Wentzell, Sommelier and Owner of Experience Wine Tours, paired the perfect wines. Each course was artfully plated and included a few family-style dishes. A record number of vendors and wine enthusiasts participated in the outdoor wine tasting. To complement the festival, the crafts and artisans area had a wide selection of beautifully made crafts created by local artisans.

Hiking and Running Trails

A great way to see the surrounding Monashee Mountains on a clear day is to take the Des Schumann Summit Express Gondola to the summit and utilize the number of hiking trails for all levels of ability. The views are stunning, and if you’re up for a bit of hide-and-seek fun, keep an eye (or two) out for the many gnomes! You can find pdf maps of the different trails in the Village and gnome locations here.

How to Get to SilverStar Resort

SilverStar is located just a 20-minute drive from the city of Vernon in British Columbia’s Okanagan region and an hour’s drive from the nearest airport in Kelowna. The road is well-maintained during the winter season. There are shuttles from Vernon and the Kelowna Airport if you prefer not to drive. For comparison, other driving times from major cities are Kamloops – 1 hour 40 minutes, Vancouver – 5 hours, Calgary – 6.5 hours, and Seattle – 7 hours.

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