Experience the Okanagan and SilverStar like never before

I can personally attest this prize pack is kick-ass awesome.

SilverStar Mountain Resort's "Experience the Okanagan" contest is serving up a three-part, three-season grand prize worth over $7,500. And I've enjoyed it all and can vouch for its fabulousness.

Experience the Okanagan includes a three-day ski trip to SilverStar for winter frolic, a return to the Valley in the spring or fall for epic house-boating on Shuswap Lake and a summer jaunt back to SilverStar for hiking and biking. The contest closes on January, 31 2019 at 11:59pm PST, so enter today.

SilverStar contest
Photo: Steve MacNaull

There's lots of soft, deep snow and blue-sky days at SilverStar.

"Basically, we've pulled together the best of the Okanagan in one amazing prize package for one amazing couple or family to win," said SilverStar marketing director, Ian Jenkins. "Experience the Okanagan connects the mountain to the lake by combining SilverStar's incredible winter and summer offerings with the houseboating. It's the first time we've put up a prize this extensive."

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I've been skiing SilverStar since I moved to the Okanagan in 1987, so I can safely say, “I know this resort.” It’s an easy drive from Vernon and is the ultimate champagne power destination.

After all, SilverStar is blessed with an average of 23 feet of the fluffy, white stuff every season. It's never too cold and the average daytime temperature is -5 C. And the skiing and boarding choice is myriad with 2,300 acres of terrain with a 2,500 foot vertical drop on four mountain faces covered by 132 runs serviced by 11 lifts.

SilverStar Contest
Photo: SilverStar Mountain Resort

SilverStar's village is compact and is centred around its colourful Old West-style pedestrianized Main Street.

It's not just about downhill at SilverStar, because there's also cross-country skiing on 65 miles of groomed trains, 10 miles of trails for fat biking and snowshoeing, plus skating and hockey on the frozen pond and four lanes of tubing.

If you win Experience the Okanagan, your ski trip for two between March 1, 2019 and April 7, 2019 will include four nights accommodation in a one-bedroom unit, three days of skiing with equipment rentals and transfers to and from Kelowna International Airport with Let's Go Transportation. In the spring or fall, you'll board one of Waterway Houseboats' luxurious Genesis 66 models, which sleeps up to 24, for a three-day weekend or four-day mid-week cruise on glistening Shuswap Lake.

Lauren Hunt, left, and Grace MacNaull model in front of Amity II, our five-bedroom, two-bathroom floating luxury digs for the weekend.

My family and I took a Waterway houseboat out last year and quickly decreed it our new favourite way to vacation for the surreal lake-mountain-and-blue-sky views and rest and relaxation, but also the exhilaration of slipping down the waterslide on the back and jumping off the top deck. Check out my story on ZenSeekers.

The winner can also choose to redeem the value of spring or fall houseboating ($5,170) toward an upgrade to another boat or a sailing in the summer season.

Summer at the Star is equally excellent.

SilverStar biking
Photo: Mark Matthews

You'll see for yourself when you return to the resort for the summer portion of your prize for two nights of on-mountain accommodation and bike rentals for a day to explore the downhill or cross-country trails. There's also the option to ride the chairlift or gondola to do some alpine hiking. Learn more about SilverStar's biking adventures here.

If you go

  • Check out the specials and ski packages at SilverStar

  • Fly to Kelowna direct from many Canadian cities including Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, then hop on the shuttle (or rent a car) and ski the same day.

  • SilverStar’s My1Pass gives you access to the downhill runs, plus Tube Town and the multi-use fat bike, snowshoe and cross-country ski trails.

  • If you’re visiting for more than five days check out the Ultimate Rental Package . It lets you exchange skis for a snowboard or even a fat bike as many times as you want.

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