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Cross Country Skiing
Cross Country Skiing
Voted #1 XC Ski Resort in Canada by USA Today!
Welcome to Canada's largest network of daily groomed cross-country ski trails.
There's no better way to experience the beauty of SilverStar than exploring our cross-country trails. Begin with over 55 km of trails at SilverStar, varying in difficulty from Green to Blue to Black. A dual mountain cross-country ski pass will then allow you to explore an additional 50 km of connecting trails at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.
This season! Track your ski on the Silver Star Nordic Strava account. This is a fun and social Nordic ski group created to share routes, times and distances skied at the #XC105 trail network at Silver Star and Sovereign Lake Cross Country.
We will be hosting a few Group challenges this winter and giving away prizes to participants. The goal of this Group is to have fun and socialize and rack up KM's on the Nordic Trails so please share this club with your Nordic friends.
Brewers Pond Base Nordic Center: The newly renovated Nordic Center has everything you need to start and finish your day on the trails. The facility now includes a ticket office, rental shop, and lounge area with washrooms. There are also places to store your gear for the day. You can park and access both the upper and lower trails, and access Gold Mountain to Sovereign Lake Nordic Center. You can get your trail passes, rentals, wax your skis and get a coffee from Tube Town Café. If you are a beginner, check out the beginner loop around the skating pond!
Warming Huts: In addition to the Brewers Pond Base Nordic Center, additional warming huts are located along the trails at SilverStar and Sovereign Lake and make for fantastic lunch stops. Warming huts are marked on the XC and Snowshoe Trail Maps. The viewpoints either on the lower trails or upper trails are spectacular and a must see.
- Ca'tik Cabin is a beautiful timber-framed warming cabin located on the Upper Trails between SilverStar Mountain Resort and Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre.
- Mountain View Cabin, located on the Lower Trails, offers sweeping views of the mountain and forests. It's a perfect place to pause and take in the beauty of SilverStar Mountain and warm up by a wood fire.
- Paradise Camp, located on route to the Alder Point lookout, is a fully licensed restaurant and cafe, offering both a warm fire and a compliment of hot food and beverages.
- Black Prince Cabin, located midway through the Sovereign Lake Nordic trails, is a great place to take a break while exploring Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre's 50+ km trail network.
SilverStar Mountain Resort, in partnership with Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, is proud to offer Canada's largest daily-groomed XC trail network. In addition to daily grooming, our teams work hard in the off-season to update and build new trails based on feedback from our skiers.
Grooming & Conditions
Grooming status is reported each morning throughout the season and our new Twitter Feed reports updates as conditions change daily.
- Daily Grooming Report: Click here for the Cross Country grooming report to see the latest trail conditions update!
- NEW Daily Trail & Condition Updates: Follow us on our new TWITTER FEED for daily updates on Snow and Trail Conditions as they change. If you don't have Twitter, simply bookmark the Twitter page in your web browser so can check in each day before you ski.
2017/18 Trail Updates
Main Street out of the Village
There will no longer be uphill ski traffic on Main Street out of the village. What that means is we have Cross Mountain out of the village to access all the upper trails as well as Pinnacles Trail from Brewers Pond Base.
Follow the signs up and over the overpass and head up towards Paradise from the bottom of the Alpine Meadows Chair.
Gold Mountain to Sovereign Lake
Sovereign Lake and SilverStar have agreed to upgrade Gold Mountain trail so the trail can be an easier ski from point to point. We have finished the first stage of our project and the trail now leaves from Brewers Pond Base. Head up and over the over-pass, follow the signs that will weave you through the trees, you’ll cross through The Ridge Development and head over to the connection point with Sovereign Lake. There is more to come as we invest in this trail.
One Way Trails
Please observe all posted “Do Not Enter: One Way” signs and refer to the trail maps as required. World Cup & Getaway are both one way only from the SilverQueen side. This will create a great intermediate to advanced lower loop: World Cup > Sidewinder > Mountain View > TJ’s Corkscrew > Sidewinder > Meadow > BellaVista.
Night Loop: Multi Use Trail
The complete Night Loop trail, from Silver Queen to the Village, is now multi use. Lower Tin Tin and Tin Tin (to SilverQueen) are also now multi-use. We will be trying a few track setting patterns to ensure safety and great skiing for all users. Please follow all trail courtesy signs.
Cross Mountain Trail
Once Cross Mountain Trail closes from the village in mid December, we will keep the loop open that drops off Paradise, down Cabin Trail towards the Terrain Park, and back out Cross Mountain to Paradise.
New Dog-Friendly Trails
In addition to the multi use trails (Bridal Path, Tin Tin/Lower Tin Tin, Knoll Loop) which allow dogs all the time, you can now ski with your dog after 4:00PM on Meadow and Sidewinder. Dogs must be under control, respond your commands, and you must have a leash.
Please remember to poop n scoop…clean up after your dogs: snow melts, dog poo doesn’t!
Our multi-use Night Loop provides a nice ski, walk, snowshoe under the lights.
For more information please CLICK HERE.
With a valid XC Day ticket or Season Pass, access to the follow chair lifts is available to XC skiers during regular operating hours:
- Alpine Meadows
- Gondola (when running) - 2 rides/day
- Silver Queen
- Comet (expert XC skiers only, when Gondola not running)
Lifts provide access to the upper trails, or skiers can use the cross-mountain trails that gently wind up towards Paradise Camp and the connecting trails to Sovereign Lake.
Use of Alpine Ski runs with a XC ticket or pass is not permitted, except at the Silver Queen beginners area.
Early Season Team Training at SilverStar Nordic
The trail system at SilverStar Nordic and Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre is well known as some of the best early season skiing in North America. Teams from around the world travel to our incredible Nordic destination in November to get their start at training for the season.
The elevation at SilverStar offers early season snow and our lift access trails offer training loops up high on the mountain if there is no skiing out of the village. If required, you can take the chairlift up and down with no damage to your gear on access.
The fitness center and wax room in the heart of the village provide easy access. The team room is available for booking for team meetings or to use the tv screen to show video.
For Teams of 20 people or more with one Team Leader managing all payments and Team liaison, your inquiries will be managed by our Group department who will be happy to look after all your Team needs. Please contact them at [email protected] or 250-558-6043.
“Voted the #1 Nordic destination by US National Ski Team.” Forbes Travel Magazine
“SilverStar really is my favorite early season training site, with its great snow and abundance of trails. The atmosphere and amenities offered within the resort are second to none”
Olympic Medallist Nordic Skiing
“SilverStar is the ultimate Nordic winter paradise. My favorite thing about SilverStar is the evening workouts. Skiing from the door, through the snow mushrooms on the trees, and watching the sun set over the Monashee Mountains is something that keeps me coming back.”
Olympian Nordic Skiing
Currently ranked Top 30 in the World
“SilverStar Ski Resort is the premier year-round cross country ski training centre in North America and definitely one of the better centres in the world. All of the facilities are of an excellent quality and everything is in walking distance that is needed to support teams and athletes. The trail system has all the variability, from World Cup to tourist level, that is necessary to support learning skiers to the world's best (i.e. Beckie Scott, silver medallist, 2002 Olympics). Climate is moderate, so there is never compromising of training due to cold and the most necessary item, snow, is very abundant. The walk out the door access to all facilities gives coaches and athletes the greatest flexibility in developing training plans on a daily and essentially a minute-by-minute basis. If you aren't at SilverStar in November and are preparing for the upcoming season, you have missed where it is happening!”
Team Canada and US Team Head Coach
Olympics, World Championship, World Cup & Trail Designer