Silver Star seeks approval for master plan update

By Kiss FM News
February 16, 2016 - 12:17pm

VERNON, B.C. — Public input is being sought until March 25th on Silver Star Resort's master plan update.

The plan includes the addition of three new ski terrain pods, and about two thousand additional bed units in the village and West Knoll residential area.

The plan also includes a five-phase mountain and base area development plan, new and expanded winter/year-round attractions, and no change to the Controlled Recreation Area.

Silver Star Managing Director Ken Derpak says the plans are really about a 20-year look ahead.

"It really gives us a chance to share our vision as to how we are going to enhance and advance Silver Star's guest experience and the amenities and activities that we have and really grow our reputation as a premier resort."

Derpak says the plans will be presented at an open house and information session Feb. 25th at the National Altitude Training Centre in the Resort Village.

"What we are hoping to do is get this plan out there and get some feed back, tweak it, and go through some fine tuning on it and then re-visit our phasing.  Then we will drive it by the market.  Having those plans on the shelf gives us that ability to respond on a timely basis."

Derpak says the master plan will guide all future development.

"We're not looking for a massive growth, this is just an update to the existing plan and really gives us a chance to balance the resort both from a bed units, lifts, trails so our uphill. and downhill capacity will grow in sync and be successful long term."

The resort has submitted the proposal to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Ministry's Mountain Resorts Branch for review and approval.

A public open house and information session to review the plan and ask questions will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 25th at the National Altitude Training Centre auditorium in the Silver Star Mountain Resort village.

The Resort's existing master plan was approved by the Province in 1994-95.

There are currently seven lifts, three carpets, two tube tows and 128 ski trails at Silver Star.

The resort's Controlled Recreation Area is approximately 3,300 hectares.

Silver Star's proposed master plan update can be viewed online.

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