Silver Star Mountain Resort Ski Instructor

Life is good as a ski instructor in Canada

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Last winter was Kristen Heard’s second season working as a ski instructor at Silver Star Mountain Resort near Vernon in British Columbia. The 24-year-old CSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor from Sydney loves the terrain, the people and the mountain lifestyle of Canada.

This Aussie skier has a stash of vegemite (in travel tubes), although she says vegemite definitely tastes better out of a jar!

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Silver Star Mountain

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Mystical Day at Silver Star Mountain.
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Silver Star Mountain is fun for families.

I arrive at ski school at 8.30 am to set up or do a day-care lesson for an hour.

That’s usually followed by a two-hour group lesson, for either kids or adults. After lunch, I usually have another two-hour lesson.


Is it fun at Silver Star Mountain?

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Surfing The Powder at Silver Star Mountain

I’ve been coming to Silver Star since I was 13 and knew that when I was older that I wanted to spend a season or so at a ski resort in Canada.

Now, I just don’t want to leave!

The best thing about my job is getting to meet new people every day from all over the world and hearing about their lives.

Although, it can be a challenge teaching people who speak little or no English.

First impressions of Silver Star Mountain Resort

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Silver Star village is charming and colourful

My first ever impression was “is this it?”?

Such a cute, quaint and unique resort, I thought to myself what can I possibly get up to here?

Silver Star has definitely changed over the years, with more terrain and new activities being introduced every year.

Why ski at Silver Star Mountain Resort?

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Skiing at Silver Star Mountain offers a range of challenging terrain.
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Off the Edge skiing at Silver Star Mountain.

The snow! And at Silver Star, there are no chairlift lines to get up the mountain and no crowds on the slopes.

You can ski a whole run sometimes and not see a soul and I love the scenery.

I haven’t skied in Australia since I was, like, 10 but I do remember waiting around a lot!

Silver Star might look small from the village but there’s so much to discover and lots to challenge yourself.

If you are a family, Silver Star is the best place to come to as we accommodate everyone and every age.

In my free time…

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Silver Star Mountain Resort

In my free time, I ski and train.

Other than that I just hang out with friends.

Snowshoeing is definitely fun.

I’m also going to learn to cross country ski next season, which I’m really excited about, and fat biking is also on my to-do list.    

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Snowshoeing at Silver Star Mountain.
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On The Move at Silver Star Mountain.

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Is it cold at Silver Star Mountain?

Not for me. I love the cold that’s why I escape summer in Australia.

It’s an average of -5C during winter but you keep warm by layering.

It’s all about the layering underneath what you wear and drink lots of hot chocolate!

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Girl and Hot Chocolate-Bugaboos at Silver Star Mountain

Has your family visited Silver Star Mountain Resort?

Yes, they were here for about two months.

They skied nearly every day and caught up with all our friends.

They love the general atmosphere.

Don’t be put off if you’re not an expert skier as Silver Star is one of the best beginners ski resorts in Canada.

Favourite spots

I’ve spent a fair bit of time in Vancouver over the years and explored there. Capilano Suspension Bridge is my favourite place in Vancouver. 

Most visitors to Silver Star are likely to pass through Vancouver, a beautiful city with plenty to see and do. It’s worth spending some time exploring Vancouver. Here are some more things to do in Vancouver. 

I’ve also visited Grouse Mountain (the view of Vancouver from up there is AMAZING if it’s a clear day).

I’d love to explore more things to do in BC and Alberta, especially Banff and Jasper. There are also plenty of other fun things to do in Canada in winter. 

Where would you take family?

Well, I think I would do little road trips around the Okanagan and Penticton. There are so many beautiful spots around there like BX Falls, Kalamalka Lake and Okanagan Lake.

Oh, I’d definitely have a night at Sparkling Hill Resort.

It’s absolutely beautiful if you like Swarovski Crystals.  

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Three things you’ll miss most about Canada

  • The outdoors
  • The scenery
  • Everyone I interact with on a daily basis 

Kristen Heard is a ski instructor at Silver Star Mountain Resort

Kristen’s Tips When Visiting Silver Star

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Snowbird Lodge Silverstar
  • The best month to ski in Silver Star is definitely February. It starts to quieten down and this is usually when we get the best snow!
  • A great place to stay is the Snowbird Lodge, which is in the heart of the village. Check prices at Snowbird Lodge here. 
  • The best tip is to come on in and get a lesson, especially if you haven’t skied in Canada before. The terrain can be a bit intimidating; it’s definitely not like Australia.
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Christina Pfeiffer
Christina Pfeiffer is a writer, photographer and video blogger based in Queensland, Australia. She has lived in three continents and her career as a travel journalist has taken her to all seven continents. Since 2003, she has contributed travel stories and photographs to mainstream media in Australia and around the world such as the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN Traveller, The Australian and the South China Morning Post. She has won many travel writing awards and is a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.