Very common in the ponds around Predator Ridge you will find the painted turtles climbing on rocks or whatever to suck up the heat to warm their bod’s! The turtle (Chrysemys picta) is the most widespread native turtle of North America.Fossils show that the painted turtle existed 15 million years ago.
The sun sets on the highest point, Silver Star Mountain! There are a total of 115 marked runs, with a vertical drop of 760 m (2,500 ft). The elevation of the village is 1,609 m or 5,280 ft (1,610 m) whilst the summit is 1,915 m above sea level (6,280 ft). The resort spans two mountain faces of a mountain valley and has four distinct areas:
Silver Star Mountain Resort is a ski resort located near Silver Star Provincial Park in the Shuswap Highland of the Monashee Mountains, 22 km northeast of the city of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. Photo taken from My Office View!
Silver Star has an annual snowfall of 700 cm or 23 ft (7.0 m). There is also 60 km of Cross Country trails.
In 1957 they named this little mountain “Heart Mountain”. Shaped like the perfect Valentine Heart, Heart Mountain is a mountain located in the Bow Valley, Alberta, right alongside the Trans Canada Highway. It is ranked at the number 961 highest peak in Alberta and 3,230 in Canada. It is very visible from the highway but the best view is from Exshaw to the north and across the river.
I think a name change to “Mount Valentine” would be more romantic and attract lovers from all around the world! It would also be more touristy and maybe you could build a tram to the top, erect a chocolate factory and sell candy! Sky is the limit!
But failing all that, an excellent moderate hike to the top. Round trip 10km and allow 3 hours up and 3 down. More info here.
Remember, February is also “Heart” month. Help make death wait!
And finally a very Happy Valentine’s Day to all!