Located 20 minutes from downtown Vernon in the North part of the Okanagan, Silver Star Bike Park has emerged as one of the top places to ride DH. Featuring 50 km of DH and more than 35 km of XC trails Silver Star Bike Park is also an IMBA Silver Ride Centre with trails for beginners, flow style berm trails for intermediate and advanced riders and pro lines available, there is something for everyone. I met up with local park pro’s Bas van Steenbergen, Noah Brousseau and we were joined by guest riders Tyler McCaul and Troy Brosnan to spend a few days shredding the park.
Looking down on the resort town from the top of the mountain. The village is situated approximately halfway down the mountain. Silver Star Resort is known for its colourful buildings and mountain charm.
Noah Brousseau, no one knows Silver Star better than Noah.
Noah and Tyler train into Pro Star together.
Big bikes and big whips
Sunshine and dust, the primary ingredients at the bike park this season.
Noah and Tyler keep it loose and fast in the dust.
Finding pockets of light.
A spectacular lightning show raged through the valley that night.
The storm from the night before still had a little gas left in the tank.
Light finds its way through the clouds and slowly wakes up the resort, the Monashee Mountains in the background.
Sunrise from the top of the mountain. Bas van Steenbergen, the Mayor of Silver Star enters the fray.
The guys keep busy any way they can. If they're not riding their bikes they're creating Inukshuk art.
Bas and Tyler on the rocks.
Loose corners and dusty lines.
Bas leads Tyler into the step down on Gnar.
Noah finding his flow on Blast Off.
Fast and loose
One of the oldest bermed trails on the hill, but still one of the best.
On his way back to Whistler from Panorama, Troy Brosnan heard we were on the mountain and decided we needed a lesson on how to properly blow up corners.
Unofficial World Scrub Offs
When you race on the World Cup circuit everything is a competition.
Meanwhile Tyler and Noah make use of the handy repair stand at the top of the mountain.
Noah and Tyler taking the high line on the World Cup wall rides.
Tyler and Noah put on a show for the chairlift audience on World Cup.
Whip mastery on the Rock Star t-bar jump.
Riders have to be efficient at conserving energy, Tyler approves of Noah's ability to nap anywhere.
Bas has lines on his lines. On this one he takes off on the left jump and transfers to the landing 4 jumps over.
Bas dropping into the steps on Double Dog
The Okanagan has experienced an early and especially hot summer making for dusty trails, but spectacular dust shows in the trees.
The crew takes advantage of the hospitality on the hill before enjoying the local fare.
Brad Buskas. Former wakeboard pro and DH shredder. Also our boat hookup.
[PI=12510898 width=window]Hello boat.[/P
Brad shows us what wake surfing is supposed to look like.
Getting out to enjoy one of the many beautiful lakes in the Okanagan after a hot day at the hill is just one of the many perks of valley living and the perfect way to end three days in the bike park.
That's a wrap for our trip to Vernon and Silver Star, but keep your eyes peeled for a video of all the action dropping soon.