Thanks @Slowman . We do have boot warmers; I was considering boot gloves for extra insulation too. Will google ski stores in Vernon and Silver Star. @KneeDeep , good to hear that SS stores are competitive!Lady P you might consider these heated socks from Lenz. Expensive but much better than cold feet. You can even dial up the heat from a Bluetooth app on your phone.Just the thing for when Arctic air pays a visit to BC.
Canadians wouldn't accept the on mountain gouge that happens in Oz. Snow is not a novelty experience here.
At SS for 3 full days (the duration of the arctic blast!) then I drive to Sun Peaks on the 16th. Unfortunately the frigid conditions mean it’s unlikely we’ll be able to explore much of the resort; the boys were looking forward to hitting the many black runs here.How long are you at SS for and when do you go to SP??
Thanks Sly. We stuck to the Front side with runs off the gondola, Comet Express, and one ride on the Silver Woods Express (that’s a very annoying traverse back to the village from the top BTW).Stay frontside for the sun. The Putnam side has most of the black terrain but it is one cold old hole when the frigid air is around (at least there is Paradise Camp for a warmup after the lift ride).
Better off going to the Comet from Silverwoods then ski down to the village straight to your accommodation.Thanks Sly. We stuck to the Front side with runs off the gondola, Comet Express, and one ride on the Silver Woods Express (that’s a very annoying traverse back to the village from the top BTW).
Yeah gouge is a bit harsh I guess. Rent in Aus ski resorts must be sky high because of demand. Whereas most BC skiers live in town or city nearest their local resort, and that town will have at least one ski shop plus numerous other sellers of general winter clothing. Rent up at the resort will reflect that they're located up on a mountainside with only a handful of year round residents for whom they are the easiest local supplier of ski equipment. It's possible that the resort even subsidizes rent because they want at least on ski shop on mountain as a service to guests. So the Canadian resort shops probably have a solid advantage over their Aussie counterparts just on rent alone.I'm noit sure "gouge" is a fair word. I hate paying too much but I suspect running an on hill business in Oz isnt the most profitable of exercises.
And besides, I bought myself a nice Kjus jacket in Thredbo and saw the same one in Whistler a few months later for about 10% more than I'd just paid
I thought the whole back side was closed today? Our goggles were freezing on the inside and eyelashes were also getting frozen. Impressed that you lasted until 2.00 - we pulled up stumps at 12.30!Covered a fair bit of ground today. Wife and 12yr old (I sent him in when the dew on his goggles froze then when he took them off his eyelashes froze in a minute) didn’t last long so it was me and the 14yr old, and then just me
2 runs down Holy Smokes on the back side the highlight. Geez that is steep for a groomed run. There were 2 tracks on it when I got there at 2pm. Lifty said he’d seen 6 people in an hour. The sticky snow made it a big effort to get there.
I think I fluked it. Was handling the cold ok all day, and headed to the back side around the time the wind must have picked up and it was calm there. On the way home I frozeI thought the whole back side was closed today? Our goggles were freezing on the inside and eyelashes were also getting frozen. Impressed that you lasted until 2.00 - we pulled up stumps at 12.30!
Is it just a day trip? Silver Star has several day car parks which appear to be relatively well sign-posted and aren’t too far from the lifts. I’m sure @KneeDeep and other regulars will be able to offer more specific advice. I get the impression that early birds get the better parking spots on weekends judging from the traffic on Sunday ... Whisky Jack and the FIS runs from the top of the gondola down to the Comet Express have been our favourite runs so far, not that we’ve been able to explore much in these frigid temperatures. Enjoy!Will be at SS on Saturday, driving up from Vernon, looking for suggestions on where to park the car and any other tips for the day.
Thanks in advance.
What time are you calling early?? This is just a recon visit for me, so just up for the day. Will avoid the smoke trail, unless it's cold smokeI'd park in the main village car park, it will fill fast so be early. Don't stress through any place you park you'll be able to ski back into at the end of the day, I guess being first time there though you may not know the ski out of the park to save you walking across the car park....follow other skiers ...just don't following the gnarly snowboarders smoking scoobies.
Think it took me about half an hour from Vernon, possibly longer. I wasn’t driving particularly fast, though!What time are you calling early?? This is just a recon visit for me, so just up for the day. Will avoid the smoke trail, unless it's cold smoke
How much time should i allow to drive up, it's around 22km isn't it??