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Mountain Safety

Mountain Safety

When you're riding SilverStar Bike Park, you can rest assured that our patrol staff and rescue equipment are some of the best in the industry.

SilverStar Bike Patrol is composed of professional and volunteer patrollers and paramedics who train daily to ensure their skills are up-to-date and compliant with the latest best practices. 

Our clinic is equipped with a range of primary care medical equipment aimed at treating a variety of injuries or medical issues. The clinic is in the village across from the National Altitude Training Centre (NATC) building. If you are unable to come to the clinic, please call 250-558-6048 for assistance on the mountain.

Clinic Summer Hours of Operation: Open seven Days a week, during regular resort operating hours and dates. 

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We rate our summer trails using familiar symbols.
 
Trail Description
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Beginner Trails Beginner trails are the easiest mountain bike trails at the resort and some are also multi-use trails, meaning that you may encounter people walking or running. The trail surface varies from wide paved paths to wide gravel paths, and wide grassy double or single track. 

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Intermediate Trails These trails vary from 6 feet wide, smooth as butter and bermed to mellow single track running through the forest. These trails will not be steep but could have the occasional feature either dirt or wood. They will offer a challenge to the beginner but they will be fun for anyone; a great warm up for the advanced rider. 

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Advanced Trails Generally steeper than your intermediate trails. Advanced trails will have both wood and dirt features such as jumps, drops, step ups, step downs, teeter totters, sky bridges and anything else our trail crew can construct in the forest. Look for big wooden berms and walls. These trails are intermediate friendly as there will be an easy way around for every feature. BE AWARE OF FAST RIDERS. 

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Expert Trails These trails could have just about anything as far as features go, both wooden and dirt. What makes them a cut above the rest is steep, gnarly, natural terrain such as rock faces, and exposed roots.
Fire Danger

Summer conditions in and around SilverStar Provincial Park and SilverStar Bike Park can be quite dry. All day visitors and overnight guests are asked to respect fire bans and be extremely cautious when disposing of cigarette butts, glass bottles and other materials that could start a fire.

For the latest information on the Fire Danger Rating for the SilverStar area please visit: http://bcwildfire.ca/weather/maps/danger_rating.htm

Bear Aware

SilverStar Mountain Resort is located in prime black bear habitat and many of our hikers and bikers will encounter a bear during their stay at SilverStar.

If you do see a bear it is very important to keep your distance, remain calm and understand how to behave around the bear before grabbing your camera and trying to capture the moment. Please take a moment to read this information from www.bearsmart.ca before hiking or biking at SilverStar.

Learn Bear Talk

If you encounter a bear... be bear smart. You can tell how a bear is feeling about your presence by reading their body language.

A relaxed bear is one that doesn't pay much attention to you. They may not have seen you, or you may be far enough away that they do not perceive you as a threat.

  • What to do: Stay still and enjoy the show (from a safe distance). Never try to get closer or disturb the bear.

When a bear stands up on their back legs, they are likely curious or trying to identify you.

  • What to do: Talk quietly to let the bear know that you are not a threat. Slowly increase your distance from the bear.
  • Remember that bears are wild animals and while they may tolerate your presence, they should never be approached or fed.
  • Bears will let you know you've stressed or disturbed them by displaying any or all of the following behavior: moving away, climbing a tree, salivating, yawning, skittishness, jumping at sounds or movement.

A female black bear will often tree her cub(s) when she feels threatened. If you have invaded a bear's personal space, they will huff (expel air loudly) and clack their teeth. Bears may also slap the ground, lunge towards you or make short charges.

  • What to do: Back away, leave the area and allow the bear their personal space.
Bear Facts

Bears are highly intelligent animals, sensitive to their surroundings and experiences with people. All bears can be dangerous in certain situations. Be especially careful around a mother with her cub(s).

  • If you see a cub, a mother bear will likely be nearby. Slowly leave the area to make sure the mother does not perceive you as a threat.
  • Bears are fast runners - on the flat, uphill or downhill. They can run 15m per second which is faster than an Olympic sprinter.
  • Bears are strong swimmers and good climbers.
  • Bears have good eyesight, good hearing and a keen sense of smell.
  • Bears generally avoid contact with humans, but in rare cases they may approach hikers or campers, especially when they are trying to access your food.

Please report bear sightings on trails to Patrol. For more information on bears please visit www.bearaware.ca