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Cold closes backside of Vernon’s ski hill

SilverStar Mountain Resort hovering between -16 and -27

Skiers and boarders won’t be able to hit the backside of SilverStar Mountain Resort for a few days.

The cold snap has forced the hill to close Putnam Creek Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 19-21). The closure is necessary due to safety, as it takes a lot longer for patrol to rescue someone from the backside.

“Bring the long johns - it will be extremely cold over the next several days in the wake of an arctic front,” the resort said.

Monday’s temperatures will see a high of -19 C with a trace of flurries.

More snow, three to seven centimetres, is expected Tuesday with a high of -16 and a low of -27.

The resort offers some tips on how to ski comfortably during this cold snap:

- Layer up! (even the pups are!)

- Take lots of breaks inside to warm up

- Get some hand and toe warmers from Evolve

- Wear a full-face balaclava, no bare skin!

- Do short laps on the gondola

- See our team in Double Diamond to get a fresh cold-weather wax for your skis or board

READ MORE: Warming centres opened in Okanagan amid cold snap

READ MORE: City of Vernon provides cold weather safety tips with temperatures about to drop


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Jennifer Smith

About the Author: Jennifer Smith

Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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