An average 24 feet of the fluffy stuff every year and 2655 acres of beautiful, treed glades means joyful skiing conditions and pretty ‘snow ghosts’ every where you look.
Located in the Okanagan only an hours drive from Kelowna, Big White ranks high for skiers coming from abroad as well as locals. It offers 16 lifts which will deliver you to 118 christened trails and 27 un-named ones. There are plenty of glades between all the trails and these are open for you to explore which means it’s easy to find untouched powder if you choose the road less traveled.
Over half of the runs at Big White are designated as ‘intermediate’, which makes it fantastic for the majority of skiers. But don’t be fooled, there is also plenty of ‘expert’ trails for those hankering for some black diamond experiences. Much of it comes in mogul form or can be found in the gladed areas. Some of the drops into these black diamond runs are truly challenging, so go in prepared to fire on all cylinders.
Beginners and kids take heart, there is still nearly 20% ‘beginner’ terrain for you as well. Not to mention beginner programs in the ski school, private and semi-private coaching, ski clubs, and kid focused programs to choose from. What’s really fantastic for families is the fact that most of the accommodations have blink-speed access to the resort….as in, you step out your door and ‘bam’ you’re on the hill.
Options abound for non-skiing activities too. The Mega Snow Coaster is a huge tubing park you could easily spend the whole day playing in. There are also dog-sled rides, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, ice-skating, shuttles that will take you directly to the retail therapy, and wine tours are just a few of the robust Canadian experiences you can round out your vacation out with.
Enjoy your aprés-ski at one of the restaurants or pubs, or book yourself a spa service. There is evening entertainment that happens regularly, and you might even catch some fireworks. Speaking of night-time, we can’t neglect to mention the night skiing. There are 38 acres available for skiing after dark, which is an experience you have to try at least once…you just might become addicted.