SilverStar Bike Park - An Unexpected Rush On Some Terrific Trails

Silver Star Mountain Bike Park
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Mark Matthews

SilverStar Bike Park - An Unexpected Rush On Some Terrific Trails

MARK MATTHEWS

Heading to SilverStar Mountain Resort for the bike park’s opening weekend was even better than I had hoped for, and my expectations were high.It was just the start of summer after a long snowy winter in B.C., so I was prepared for muddy trails surrounded by walls of snow. Instead, we were treated with perfect tacky conditions and even dust in some spots! The weather was ideal, 90 per cent of the bike park was open already, and my riding buddies were an awesome mix of new and old friends from around the world. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

This place is magical. The mountain is so beautiful and unique and the trails are top notch. The smooth yet fast terrain, endless flow, and nice mix of technical trails has me craving for more every time I leave. I just love the Okanagan, particularly the Shuswap Highland region surrounding Vernon.

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The SilverStar Mountain Resort bike park holds a special place in my heart. The last time I had a full day of riding here was in 2012, when NSMB.com hosted its AIRPrentice contest, which I won. Winning that contest was a turning point for me; my first step at becoming a professional athlete.

When flowing down these ridiculously fun trails I can’t help but to have a smile on my face; it brings back nothing but good memories. I've been anticipating a return for some time and this was a great opportunity to do it in the best way possible! My girlfriend and I were greeted with an amazing room at the Snowbird Lodge, perfect trails and ideal weather. Like I said – perfect.

Silver Star Mountain Bike Park
Photographer
Mark Matthews

As Canada’s second largest bike park, it's hard to get bored at SilverStar Mountain Resort. There are more than 100 kilometres of downhill and cross-country trails, and a new 35-kilometre loop called Beowulf opening this summer. The trail crew is famous for their addicting, super fun, fast corners that literally hook you in.

Silver Star Mountain Bike Park
Photographer
Mark Matthews

I was on the chairlift talking with other riders about my experience here and my love for the trails, and someone mentioned how the berm count in the park is up to 700. Wow, 700 berms? That is epic! They have really put to good use the perfect grade and mould-able dirt that the landscape provides them with.

Silver Star Mountain Bike Park
Photographer
Mark Matthews

During my day in the bike park, I connected with my Australian friend, Pete Arnold, who I met in Peru last April. He is currently taking six months off work to tour the world in search of the best mountain biking. SilverStar bike park was one of his top destinations when coming to British Columbia. I also ran into a former riding buddy from my hometown who is working on the trail crew. It was really cool connecting with new friends and old familiar faces all in one awesome place.

Fast Facts about SilverStar Mountain Resort bike park

It's open from mid-June to early September and has more than 125 kilometres combined cross-country and downhill trails that attract every ability level. A high-speed bike chairlift offers downhill riders easy access to the top where trails looking like a spider web drop down the slopes.

Terrain: 15% easy, 40% more difficult, 45% most difficult.

SilverStar Mountain Resort is located 22 km from Vernon, B.C. There are nine on-mountain hotels and lodges and a variety of chalets and condos. Five food and beverage outlets make a great way to end a day on the trails. There are also an additional 26 hotels and motels in Vernon.

Though SilverStar is closed on the Labour Day Monday on Sept. 4, there will be ample opportunity to ride later in the month during a couple of bonus weekends, Sept 9 and 10 and 16 and 17. Find out more on the events page.

SilverStar will also host two big motorcycling events, the Moto Hare Scramble, Sept. 22 to 24 and the 2017 KTM Bike Adventure Rally, a chance for motorcyclists of all abilities to take part in a group ride. Watch this YouTube video to learn more.

For more information about the biking trails at SilverStar Mountain Resort check out the resort web page here.

Tourism Vernon wants you to Activate Life this summer and explore, start here.

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Old school vs new school horsepower. Make the most of your time to #ExploreVernon. Once you're done scoring a new-school horsepower rush with a #BikeSilverStar experience, explore some old-school horsepower at the O’Keefe Historic Ranch. Check out a rad video and the story to Mark’s adventure at the historic ranch here.

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