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Lady Penelope

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Ok, locals: I’m going to invest in some boot gloves on the advice of @zac150 . Can anyone recommend a ski gear shop in Vernon or Kelowna where I can buy these? The boys and I have heated boot insoles but given the upcoming Arctic blast we need to be prepared for that odd foray outside! I can of course buy in Silver Star but assume it will be more expensive.
 

Beerman

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Hope SS is getting some of this love BW is copping. Approx 30cm in last 24 hrs.

I may also be a candidate for boot gloves, :whistle:money saving tips appreciated :thumbs:
 

zac150

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I paid $40 at Sunpeaks which is what MEC have them advertised for.
 

Lady Penelope

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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.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5060-973/SET-Lithium-Pack-rcB-1200+heat-Socks-5-0-Toec
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!
 

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Canadians wouldn't accept the on mountain gouge that happens in Oz. Snow is not a novelty experience here.

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
 

zac150

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Just arrived at our cottage in Silverstar, very happy. Very cute little cottage right on the edge of the village, it’s quaint, a little beaten up around the edges but man it oozes character! Perfect for four or less, I met the owner and he is super nice, I’ll post details for those who want to contact him direct.

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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!

i confirmed both ski shops in the village have the boot gloves for $39 and $42 so about on price
 

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How long are you at SS for and when do you go to SP??
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.
 
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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).
 
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Lady Penelope

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Well, after I woke the boys up at 9.30 (nice for those who can get 12 hours sleep :D) we ventured out into -26 and actually ENJOYED our morning. Whisky Jack was sensational, although we discovered some flat spots on Far Out that were rather annoying. It actually seemed colder after we had a hot chocolate break (catching up with @zac150 and crew) and I only managed one run before my fingers began to hurt from the cold. My heated gloves were less effective and even my boot warmers weren’t able to keep my toes as warm. Shame, because our first impressions of Silver Star are very positive. Some gorgeous long runs. Just too cold for pics!
 

Lady Penelope

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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).
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).
 
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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).
Better off going to the Comet from Silverwoods then ski down to the village straight to your accommodation.
 
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KneeDeep

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I decided it’s too cold when the nose hairs freeze!
Nose hairs, pfft. Several years ago -29c my fly zipper broke, only realised when it started to get a bit cool down there. I think my pubic hairs were frozen along with the family jewels.:confused:
 
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sly_karma

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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
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.
 
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zac150

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To be fair I think gravity at least in Thredbo probably follows the Canadian model, I’ve found their prices decent and I think they realise they sell more by pricing as per off mountain. Stops people buying off the net when you can work with the boot fitter on the hill and your not paying an arm and a leg for it.

I also think with season passes and the fact most of us are skiing more we are just as likely to go without something if the prices is gauged as we can pop home and get it there.
 

zac150

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Looks like the whole backside of the mountain is closed today, guessing it’s weather related and the fact people need to stick closer to the village.
 

sly_karma

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Bottom of Putnam always seems to be the coldest place on the mountain anyway. If they have a lift mechanical on a day like today that would be a serious problem. Lift evac is bad enough plus all the people in the lift catchment with no shelter building at base and no way of getting back to village.
 
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Lady Penelope

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Another very chilly day today here at Silver Star. More over here at the trip report thread;

https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/canberra-crew-northern-adventures.86555/

Suffice to say, we didn’t manage many runs, although we did get to explore the Attridge area a little (Christmas Bowl, Chris Cross, and Solitude) before retreating to a cafe back in the village for a hot chocolate break. We lasted for one run after this (the very nice FIS course down to the Comet Express) before everyone’s fingers just froze, at which point it was straight down Milky Way back to the room. Don’t think we’ll get out again today! Mr 13 managed to take a go-pro video before the thing froze; I’ll try and upload that later if we can manage the media transfer!
 

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Upgraded my gear for the cold weather over my numerous visits to SS. Heated glove liners and boots a must, good gloves, down vest and jacket, long underwear all necessary.
 
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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.
 

Lady Penelope

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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 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!
 

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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!
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 froze
 

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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.
 

Lady Penelope

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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.
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!
 
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I'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.
 
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Beerman

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I'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.
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??
 

Lady Penelope

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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??
Think it took me about half an hour from Vernon, possibly longer. I wasn’t driving particularly fast, though!
 
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