in the UK published top pick resorts in a variety of categories for North America. Big White won for Best Ski in-Ski out accommodations in both Canada and for North America!
The Telegraph's Dave Watts and Chris Gill write Canada is "a long way to go for your snow, but it's worth it."
Best for ski-in/ski-out convenience
Big White, BC
Big White is "among the most convenient" of the North American resorts for ski-in/ski-out. Main lifts start below village level. "The main street through the centre of the resort is designated a ski run and can be traversed to get back to your accommodation.
"The terrain suits intermediates best, and the abundance of snow combined with lots of trees for shelter means it's a great place to learn powder. There's also an area called Happy Valley at the bottom of the village offering activities such as ice skating, snowmobiling, tubing, ice climbing and snowshoeing, served by a gondola that runs till 10pm. The village has limited après and shopping, but there are some decent restaurants."
Slopes 1510m to 2320m
Pistes 2765 acres, 18% green, 54% blue, 28% black
Snowmaking In terrain park
Six-day lift pass C$429
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Schedule of events
at Big White:
Valentine's Day February 14, 2015
Big White is the perfect place to celebrate love this Valentine's Day. Snowy mountains, crisp mountain air and cozy fireside dining provides the perfect romantic atmosphere for creating memorable moments with those you love. Read more on bigwhite.com
St. Patrick's Day March 17/18, 2015
Celebrate "Green" in style and in the snow! Read more on bigwhite.com
Coquihalla Highway Tolls have been dropped so now it's
more cost effective than ever to drive to Big White Mountain!
Big White is located 45 miles from Kelowna in the Central
Interior of B.C. It receives an average 24.5 feet of
light 'champagne powder' every year
outstanding skiing and riding opportunities, with a wide
variety of terrain. An eight passenger gondola links the 'Happy
Valley' area (ice skating, Alpine Mega SnowCoaster Tubing,
Cross Country Skiing, Dogsledding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing
and lodgings) to the center of the Village. The 'Mega
SnowCoaster' Tube Park, currently the largest in North America,
has 9 lanes over 900 feet long and two lifts capable of
uploading 600 people an hour.
The Big White Kid's Centre
, awarded as "#1
programs and facilities for kids" in Canada for the last 3
years, offers a large variety of programs for beginner,
intermediate and advanced levels, for children 3 yrs and up.
Complimentary helmets are available. There is a Daycare
facility for children 18 months and older.
Big White Ski Resort Official Site:
Big White Goes Big
By Tess Weaver
For years, riders at southern BC's Big White suffered through a
tedious two-chair ride (two quads, or a quad and a t-bar) to
reach the resort's main goods, an 800-vertical-foot
stash known as The Cliff
. At the same time, jibbers
had little to work with and a long hike up the pipe. Relief
came in the form of the Cliff lift and the TELUS terrain park.
Now, White Heads can access their favorite cliff band with one
quick ride and slide rail after rail in the new lift-accessed
Forty-five minutes southeast from Kelowna in British
Columbia's Okanagan Valley
, Big White is often
referred to as "Big White-Out" due to an occasional dense fog.
The key word there is "occasional"—seeing as the resort nabbed
Ski Canada's "Best Weather" honors last year. Topping out at
7,606 feet, Big White offers more than 2,500 feet of
vert and close to 2,800 acres of terrain
massive bowls, hidden glades and above treeline, wide open
steeps. And with more night skiing than anywhere in western
Canada, the après scene stays on the hill.
"Though we are proud of the fact that Big White is a family-
friendly mountain first and foremost, we have taken some steps
to broaden the appeal of our resort to both freeskiers and
terrain park skiers and riders," says Big White Media Relations
Director Steve Threndyle.
The Cliff chairlift eliminates a pesky run-out and dramatically
reduces lap time in Parachute Bowl, a horseshoe-shaped bowl
offering 800-plus vertical feet and more than a hundred acres
of terrain. The new lift also eases accessibility to East Peak
—an area loaded with cliffs, chutes and big-mountain style
In addition to the Cliff chair, double chair services Big
White's TELUS terrain park, offering a 500-foot long
World Cup standard Superpipe, a half pipe, a skiercross course
and a multitude of rails
. Beginner, intermediate and
advanced lanes separate Joey from the Whistler/Pemberton crowd
sessioning under the stars.
Daily flights from Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and
offer service to Kelowna. From there, Big
White and its sister resort, Silver Star, are less than an
Winter Weekly Events include:
Family Apres-Ski Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; Trivia Night Thursdays; Bonfire and Hot Chocolate Fridays
See the Big White Ski Resort site for more info on events, activities, etc Big White Ski Resort