Silver Star Mountain is only one hour north of Kelowna, and is one of the world’s premier ski and snowboard destinations. Silver Star is a popular destination for alpine lovers from around the world, and is also the location for many ski and snowboard competitions, including the BC Freestyle Timber Tour coming to Silver Star this March. Here’s what you can expect at this year’s event.
What is the Timber Tour?
The Timber Tour is an annual circuit organized by the Vancouver Freestyle Ski Club. This circuit gives athletes aged 13 to 18 a chance to compete in a friendly environment and demonstrate their abilities out on the slopes. This year, there are four stops for the Timber Tour: one in Penticton, one in Prince George, one on Vancouver Island, and one in Vernon at Silver Star. The Silver Star stop is the third on the tour, and the last stop before the finals at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island. The competition at Silver Star will all take place from March 6 to 9.
What Events Are There?
The big events at Silver Star this year are the moguls, big air, and slope style competitions. On the moguls, athletes compete for speed and style as they descend a course full of bumps and jumps of all sizes. In the big air, athletes will launch themselves high in the air to see who can come up with the best tricks and the best landing. In the slope style competition, these young athletes will navigate a course full of rails, ramps, and jumps, trying to complete the cleanest run with the best tricks thrown in along the way.
What Else is Happening at the Timber Tour?
In addition to the main competition, there are also a few special events taking place at Silver Star this year during the Timber Tour stop. First, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association is hosting a Coaching Girlz workshop on Thursday, March 6. Then on Friday night, everyone is welcome for a banquet featuring a buffet meal, a video presentation, and a silent auction. On Saturday evening, the weekend wraps up with Huck Your Meat Fest: a friendly competition where coaches show what they’re made of by launching themselves on a giant airbag.
Getting to Silver Star
To get to Silver Star Mountain from Kelowna, simply take Highway 97 north to Vernon and then follow the road signs to the mountain. From Vernon, Silver Star is a 30-minute drive up Silver Star Road. Also be aware that you will need winter tires to get to Silver Star, as road conditions can get icy in the winter.
The Timber Tour is just one more thing that makes Silver Star an awesome place to be in the winter. Kelowna and Vernon have some of the best skiing conditions in the world, so even if you don’t make it to this competition, you’ll definitely want to see for yourself what makes Silver Star so amazing. Come see why the Okanagan Valley is one of Canada’s greatest all-season sports destinations at the Silver Star Mountain edition of the Timber Tour.