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Big White - Ski Area Guide

Big White, Canada

Ski Resort (1,510m4,954ft to 2,290m7,513ft). Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

The highest (and second largest) resort in British Columbia is known to local's as the 'Friendly Giant'. 55km from the regional airport in the town of Kelowna, this is the largest resort in the interior of British Columbia, with full-service facilities on site.

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The next notable snow forecast for Big White is 2cm1in, expected on 13 December, with around 12cm5in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Who is Big White good for?

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Ratings for Big White

Big White Ski Area

Black Pistes
Expert Trails
33
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
64
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
21
Pistes
Number of runs
112
Cross Country
Total Length
25km16 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
13
Piste and Lift Stats for Big White

Big White Ski Area Height

Max Vertical780m2,559ft
Highest Lift2,290m7,513ft
Resort Altitude (Big White)1,760m5,774ft
Lowest Piste1,510m4,954ft
Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Big White
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Big White

The Canadian Ski Resort of Big White has direct access to 112 individual pistes, served by 13 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,760m5,774ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,290m7,513ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Big White are perfectly feasible. Kelowna Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Skiing in Big White

With more than a hundred named trails, Big White lives up to the 'big' bit of its name. These cover roughly a third of the patrolled terrain, but much of the 'off piste' is also skiable. The resort doers have a reputation for cloudy weather (the 'White' part of its name, not just the snow) but the presence of a large number of gladed runs means you can often ski below the clouds when this is the case. Crowds are rare, especially mid-week. At weekends the resort is popular with locals from Kelowna but the steeper sections are rarely busy.

Intermediates have almost two thirds of the mountain graded at their standard including long fast cruisers of up to 7.2km (four and a half miles) long and fun bumps and gladed runs. The toughest terrain is in the double-black diamond Back Bowl which features dramatic cliffs hiding chutes with pitches of more than 45 degrees in some cases. Free tours of the mountain are offered by Snow Hosts. Night skiing and boarding is offered from 5pm to 8pm from Tuesday to Saturday, from Mid December to end of March with access through the Plaza chair, the Bullet Chair and Telus Terrain Park.

Big White's lift pass is good at neighbouring Silver Star Mountain Resort, under the same ownership and located 130km (81 miles) away at Vernon.

The Big White ski school offers lessons for all ability levels including a wide variety of group and private lessons right up to ski instructor training. Bumps clinics and special tuition to help you make the most of carving skis are also on the itinerary, and cross country tuition is also available.

Night skiing in the resort is also available, the most extensive in Western Canada.

Snowboarding in Big White

The snow park offers over 1,000 acres of natural free riding terrain and is groomed regularly. The park features a super pipe.

Beginners have a quad chair served beginner area and a dedicated 'boarding school. A wide range of rentals are available. Adult Snowboard Camps are organised regularly throughout the season. These include two full days of learning or refining your riding technique. The package includes 8 hours of lessons, video analysis, and an après-ski event on the last day.

Big White Aprés Ski

Big White boasts Snowshoe Sams, which has been voted the best après ski bar in Canada. Friendly and casual it includes pool tables, dance floor and restaurant/lounge. The Raakel's in Das Hofbrauhaus (open to 1am every night except Sunday) and Happy Valley are two other popular bars.

Apart from eating, drinking and dancing, ice skating is available until 1.30pm most days on the open-air rink in the centre of the resort village and moonlit snowmobile tours are another possibility on certain nights.

Big White in brief

Big White Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.

Big White Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Big White.

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Usual opening - Early Dec.

Usual closing - Early April.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Big White.

Where is Big White?

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Big White Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Big White is able to augment natural snow, on 1km1 miles of ski runs, with 2 Snow Cannons.

Big White Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 13 Ski Lifts of Big White are able to uplift 234,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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