SilverStar Bike Park - A Rush On Some Terrific Trails
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Heading to SilverStar Mountain Resort for the bike park’s opening weekend was even better than I had hoped for, and my expectations were high.It was just the start of summer after a long snowy winter in B.C., so I was prepared for muddy trails surrounded by walls of snow. Instead, we were treated with perfect tacky conditions and even dust in some spots!
The weather was ideal, 90 per cent of the bike park was open already, and my riding buddies were an awesome mix of new and old friends from around the world. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
This place is magical. The mountain is so beautiful and unique and the trails are top notch. The smooth yet fast terrain, endless flow, and nice mix of technical trails has me craving for more every time I leave. I just love the Okanagan, particularly the Shuswap Highland region surrounding Vernon.
The SilverStar Mountain Resort bike park holds a special place in my heart. The last time I had a full day of riding here was in 2012, when NSMB.com hosted its AIRPrentice contest, which I won. Winning that contest was a turning point for me; my first step at becoming a professional athlete.
When flowing down these ridiculously fun trails I can’t help but to have a smile on my face; it brings back nothing but good memories. I've been anticipating a return for some time and this was a great opportunity to do it in the best way possible! My girlfriend and I were greeted with an amazing room at the Snowbird Lodge, perfect trails and ideal weather. Like I said – perfect.
Fast Facts about SilverStar Mountain Resort bike park
It's open from mid-June to early September and has more than 125 kilometres combined cross-country and downhill trails that attract every ability level. A high-speed bike chairlift offers downhill riders easy access to the top where trails looking like a spider web drop down the slopes.
Terrain: 15% easy, 40% more difficult, 45% most difficult.