Book one of these hotels in SilverStar Mountain Resort, Canada, for powder-filled skiing and mountain chic style.
One of Canada’s oldest ski resorts, opened in 1958, SilverStar has more than 3,000 acres of terrain that sprawl across four mountains. It is just big enough to feel endless. Skiers also enjoy a banquet of choices for places to stay, starting with ski-in, ski-out hotels stretching out to remote cabins.
A small village at the base of SilverStar gives skiers several quickly accessible options for the slopes. Silver Creek Lodge is one of them, known for its spacious rooms and stunning views, right next door to Des Schumann Summit Express. Studios and one-bedroom suites come with full kitchens and gas fireplaces, while ski locker storage keeps damp gear from dripping on the carpet.
This ski-in, ski-out hotel borrows European influences from its Amsterdam-based namesake. Delight in bold colors and cozy, individually furnished rooms. Apartments come with full kitchens, as well as the option for delivered groceries and laundry facilities. Dine at the Bulldog Grand Café, which imported tables and wall art from Holland, while serving an Indonesia-meets-Canada fusion menu. Try the friets with Indo-peanut sauce, mayo and minced onions.
This bed and breakfast perches on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Rooms drink in the water view, some from private balconies. Guests can access the main kitchen, or a common room with smaller appliances. Breakfast greets the day with the likes of rich Camembert omelets and rolled French egg wraps with raspberries. SilverStar ski resort is a 45-minute drive away.
Raise the bar on the log cabin experience at Spirit Lodge, where the windows stretch to the cathedral ceiling and look out over the Okanagan Valley. Plush couches encircle the rock fireplace, while the dining room table with bench-seating and pool table still leave space enough for a post-ski stretch session, alongside art drawn from First Nations. Take some downtime in the eight-person hot tub or around the fire pit on the wraparound deck.
Polished modernism brushes up against mountain life at this lodge, which was built around a nearby creek. Water flows into a pool-filled atrium, rendered emerald by more than a thousand plants. Remodeling swept through with new owners in 2016, who worked to preserve some of the sentiments of a property that dates to 1974. While boosting amenities, they also overhauled The Lodge Kitchen, which sits amid the jungle-like atrium, and Don Cherry’s Sports Grill.
Snow drifts over the fields at the back of this country cottage, with a private entry to a snug room with a queen-sized bed and private bath. Robes, refrigerator space, and laundry add a few comforts of home. The B&B is about half an hour from Silver Star and abuts a walking path to stroll those winter fields and glimpse Lake Okanagan in the distance.
The same crew that made tipis for the movie Dances with Wolves (1990) also erected the Sioux-style tipi at Bear Valley Highlands, eased into the 21st century with camp cots over wood floors. If winter nights mandate thicker walls, try the Mongolian yurt, where a wood stove beats back the cold, or opt for one of the cozier cabins. With full kitchens and flexible sleeping arrangements, it welcomes a family retreat or a few friends looping through Canada’s champagne powder. Break out the board games for the evening’s entertainment, but rise early to watch the sun pink the surrounding mountain ranges just outside.
One- and two-bedroom suites with views of Swan Lake create a feel of understated elegance at The Castle. Keurig coffee stations and rainfall showers ease the start of any day on the slopes, while pillow-top mattresses, a fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen await on your return. In summer, enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool after hiking, golfing or wine touring.