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It's Here! Silver Woods Express Opens at Silver Star!

Sat, 03/12/2005 - 12:00 am

Under brilliant blue skies and wintry temperatures, BC government cabinet minister Tom Christensen and Silver Star President Jane Cann cut the ribbon to open Silver Star Mountain Resort’s $6M Silver Woods Express on Saturday, December 3, 2005.

Christensen, BC’s Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, has skied at Silver Star since he was five years old and quipped about the “early days’ when you had to be over thirteen years of age to ride certain lifts.” He praised the Schumann family for their continued investment in this fast-growing four-season resort. “Bravo! And thanks for your faith in British Columbia!” Christensen said. Members of Norway’s World Cup Nordic ski team were also in attendance, taking a day off from training for the upcoming Night Sprints races at Silver Star.

“Silver Woods is the biggest news in Canadian skiing this year,” comments Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President for Big White and Silver Star Mountain Resorts. "This $6 million lift is the only one in Canada that will service significant new terrain."

Made by Leitner-Poma in Grand Junction, CO, with civil engineering and installation coordinated in Kelowna, this high-speed detachable quad has been finished and load-tested since mid-October. Silver Woods offers 360 acres of all-new skiing terrain on ten runs and five glades. Vertical drop is 359 metres – almost 1200 vertical feet. The base of the Silver Woods lift is 140 metres (400 vertical feet) below the Comet Express, adding length to runs on Silver Star's Vance Creek side of the mountain.

Silver Woods Statistics:
• Type: Leitner Poma Detachable Quad
• Lift cost - $4.5 million CDN, slope prep and other associated costs $1.5M CDN, total - $6M CDN
• Length - 1235 metres (4051 feet)
• Vertical - 359 m (1177 vertical feet)
• Number of chairs - 66
• Uphill capacity - 1842 skiers per hour, @ 5.1 metres/second
• Ride time - 4.1 minutes (operating at 5.1 m/s)
• Terrain - 360 acres, ten new runs, five new glades – north east facing aspect will preserve snow and provide excellent early and late season conditions.

Since purchasing Silver Star Mountain Resort in 2002, Schumann Resorts has put $18 million in on-hill improvements and $54 million in new accommodations. Silver Star Mountain Resort is located 18 kilometers (12 miles) east of Vernon, BC, and about an hour's drive from Kelowna International Airport in British Columbia's Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Region.

For more information, contact: Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President, Big White and Silver Star Ski Resorts, (250) 765-3101 or mballingall@bigwhite.com.