Navigating the Two Areas
Sovereign Lake and SilverStar resort parking areas are a five minute drive from each other, with interconnected nordic trails. There is a gondola to provide quick access from the SilverStar village to the top of the mountain and one ride per day is included in your SilverStar nordic trail pass.
Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is a 3,200 member ski club situated in a provincial park. The club grooms and maintains 50km of nordic trails and 11km of snowshoe trails. Trails open in early November, close in mid-April, and re-open for the Spring Fling snow camp in early May.
SilverStar Mountain Resort is a multisport destination. Alpine skiing/snowboarding is the primary winter draw, with the S2S timed to be at the peak of lift-based spring skiing. Other options include fat-biking, snowshoeing, bowling, and exploring the eating and drinking options surrounding the snow-covered Main Street.
The ski areas are 20 minutes drive from the centre of the city of Vernon, population 50,000. Most of Vernon is at 400m elevation, the top of the mountain is 1,915m, Sovereign's parking is at 1,660m, SilverStar's main parking lot is at 1,620m.
With the large elevation difference, you can experience spectacular skiing in the morning and bring out the shorts for afternoon paddling on one of the three lakes, mountain biking on two destination trail systems, or almost endless hiking options.
Kelowna International Airport (YLW) is 30 minutes drive from Vernon and 50 minutes to the ski areas. Shuttle service is available to the accommodations at SilverStar.
To extend your visit, you can fly into more distant airports and explore the region.
Vancouver International (YVR) is five hours drive by the most direct route. If you have time, there are far more interesting routes. Highway 1 adds an hour, but will reset your idea of what white water rafting can be (the Fraser river drains 240,000 square km of BC, an area larger than Great Britain, and early April is the best time to see the spring runoff).
Calgary International (YYC) is just on the other side of the Rocky Mountains, with three spectacular passes to choose from. The shortest route goes through Canmore, Lake Louise, Banff, and Revelstoke in seven hours (if you don't stop!).