Due to the current risk of wildfire, Silver Star Resort will be restricting the hours that guests can use the mountain trail network for all activities, including downhill and cross country biking, and hiking.
“As of Monday July 31, and until further notice, the mountain trail system operational hours will mirror that of the lift operating hours for the Comet Express Chairlift (daily 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays and Fridays until 7:30 pm),” says a news release from the Vernon area resort.
Operations Director Brad Baker says they are taking the action as a matter of safety for their guests and staff.
“At the mountain we are presently in a high wildfire risk category, while just down the road in the Foothills it is extreme,” says Baker. “We are restricting access to the trails outside of operational hours as our response to an emergency at that time could be delayed and with limited resources.
Signage will be placed around the resort indicating and explaining this restriction, and additional security staff will be on duty to enforce such.
Baker says the resort had a voluntary closure back in 2003, but this is the first time they’ve taken this action this early in the summer, since he’s been there.
Baker says smoking is not allowed out on the mountain.
“There are designated smoking areas in the Village with proper ashtrays near the front of Red Antler and Townhall and ask that guests and staff who smoke do so responsibly and ensure that their cigarettes are completely extinguished when placed in those proper receptacles.”
The Village restaurants, hotels and amenities will continue to be open outside of the lift operating hours.