Big White Ski Resort and Ski Holidays

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  Resort Information
Season Dec - Mid April
Nearest Airport Kelowna via Vancouver or Calgary (45 mins)
Ski Area 180km
Ski Lifts 16
Ski Runs 66
Longest Run 6km
Resort Height 4950ft
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 3.5 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 3.5 / 5
Families 4.5 / 5
Nightlife 3.5 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Big White isn’t all that big when compared to French giants such as the Three Valleys,Ski Amade or the Paradiski. But with a snow record that most European ski resorts would die for, size really doesn’t matter.A purpose built ski village in the heart of Canada’s British Columbia province, Big White is a totally ski-in/ski-out wintersports destination. In addition to the doorstep skiing all facilities of the modern resort are within walking distance. As with many North American ski resorts the vertical drops are relatively short, but the efficient lift system gets you up the mountain quickly, enabling you to get a lot more runs in.
Big White is located in the Monashee mountain range in Canada’s Okanagan. This area of lakes and rolling hills is famous locally for mild temperatures, ice wine and champagne powder. Snowfall is plentiful with historical records showing an average of 24 feet (7 metres) each winter. Thanks to the sunny, dry climate the area typically enjoys the snow is fine and light and responsible for creating the resort’s world famous ‘snow ghosts’. When to go? February is a good choice. While European ski resorts are in the grip of school half term fever, Big White is relatively quiet. The March spring break is the resort’s peak holiday period.
Challenging tree skiing, kilometres of pristine corduroy pistes and five powder bowls, make up the 2,765 acre ski area (about 220km). Big White’s attractive mix of gladed and open terrain offers every type of skiing for every level of skier. The predominantly west-facing slopes are snow certain: the absence of snow-making facilities, other than for the TELUS terrain park, is testament to the resort’s reliable snowfall record. For cross-country enthusiasts the Nordic ski trails, running through pretty pine forests, measure a total 25kms.
For those seeking the deep powder staches, these are often found over at the Cliff Area.The Westridge and Gem Lake areas offer the longest runs and glade skiing along with the must ski and see, Sun Rype Bowl.For the young children with you there is now a state of the art ski school and learning centre.As with many resorts in North America there is the "magic carpet" ride ensuring children learn quickly in a safe environment,something European resorts should take heed of.
Temperatures are rarely as cold as those associated with ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies and the area is blessed with more sunny days than coastal ski resorts such as Whistler. Like most Canadian ski resorts,other than Whistler and Banff, Big White closes in early April, whatever the conditions, when thoughts turn to mountain biking and golf.
All accommodation in Big White is ski-in, ski-out with over 17,000 guest beds from budget offerings to luxurious slope-side condos.Hot tubs on the deck, are a Big White speciality and are offered in vitually all of the resort slope-side accommodations. Winter visitors stay in spacious, well equipped lodge-style developments – the resort only has three hotels.Privately-owned chalets can be booked through several holiday accommodation providers, such as US Skitours. 
The apres ski is a little muted but Snowshoe Sams is one of the best known hostelries, serving great pub style food.Try the Kettle Valley Steakhouse or the Swiss Bear for alternatives to eat.For the kids there is the mini skidoo park,tubing area and 2 large skating rinks, connected by an ice trail.Often the kids activities go on well after the lifts have closed, allowing parents to go for a peaceful meal! A great choice for many reasons.

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