Follow your path to summits as SilverStar nordic, Whistler open

With ten ski areas in some stage of opening across Western Canada as of this past weekend, the season has begun in earnest. Whistler Blackcomb, Canyon Ski Resort and WinSport all joined the list of ski areas open for the 2023-24 ski season—read on to see some of the opening weekend highlights.

But beyond the alpine, there’s more afoot (pun intended.) We’ve been highlighting SilverStar’s Ultimate Trip the past couple weeks (it is amazing) and this past weekend, the ‘Star opened its nordic trail system.

Here's a look at this beauty trail system, and a sneak preview of the alpine conditions as SilverStar preps to open December 8, 2023 (tentative) for downhill skiing and snowboarding.

Groomed cross-country ski trails SilverStar Vernon BC Jim Barr
Photo: Doc Pow
Freshly groomed view from the summit at SilverStar, as the resort tentatively preps for Nov 30 opening.

SilverStar Nordic slides into gear

You likely have heard about the Grouse Grind in North Vancouver, a famous hiking trail that takes you to the summit of Grouse Mountain. Given SilverStar's nordic (cross country) skiing opened for the season this past weekend, those looking for a proper workout are invited to the SilverStar Summit!

From the village expect the climb to take anywhere from an hour to two hours depending on your shape. Really unique, given there are few places in North America, whose network of trails is as good as this. 

Nordic engineering of the trail network means skiers, snowboarders and cross country skiers share the same mountain and have runs specific to each discipline. Conditions are in good shape for us skinny skiers, as you can see here in this video coming down Paradise Trail.

All uphill to the summit, with a beauty of a cruise downhill and back to the mid-mountain village.

You’ll want to get in on SilverStar's Ultimate Trip contest—closing Nov 27. 

WATCH: take a tour down Paradise Run, part of SilverStar's nordic trail system

Watch Early 2023 Nordic conditions at SilverStar on YouTube.

Reminder that with SilverStar opening downhill for Nov 30, 2023, the time to get ready for downhill is now.

Here's a look at what else is happening with ski resort openings and snow conditions across the west.

Whistler gets down for opening day

It was a big one, as BC's biggest ski resort destination got cooking. Whistler, if you know you know, right?

WinSport aerial eye-candy

Your first look at WinSport if you weren't there for opening day, and it's looking pretty sweet.

With Canyon Ski Resort in Red Deer now open too, we're celebrating ten resorts open so far (including SilverStar cross-country skiing). More are on the way!

Here's a look at who's open now.

Ski resorts open now for the 2023-24 season

* updated Nov 24, 2023

Mt Norquay Alpine Resort open as of Nov 3

Lake Louise Ski Resort open as of Nov 3

Nakiska Ski Area open as of Nov 4

Sunshine Village open as of Nov 11

Marmot Basin open as of Nov 16

Sun Peaks Resort open as of Nov 18

Whistler Blackcomb open as of Nov 23

WinSport open as of Nov 24

Canyon Ski Area open as of Nov 24

SilverStar Mountain Resort nordic open Nov 24 / alpine Nov 30

For more opening dates across Western Canada, check out our opening dates report, updated every week.

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