Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort

Things to do - general

At Big White, “It’s the Snow” is their motto, with over 750cm of light, dry, fluffy powder falling annually!

Come and ski or ride in the world-famous ‘snow ghosts’ –  the frosty, snow-caked trees. Daytime temperatures average -5ºC – perfect for a wide range of winter activities!

With a moderate base elevation of 1,755 meters, the only thing that will take your breath away will be the views!It’s surprisingly easy to get here with non-stop flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Whitehorse, LA and Seattle.

Take a regularly-scheduled Big White shuttle, and you’ll be on the slopes in an hour at Big White.

With 16 lifts and an uphill capacity of 28,000 skiers and riders per hour, you’ll never wait more than a few minutes – even at the busiest times.

It’s your holiday and you should be relaxing in style. Big White Ski Resort has two great day spas for you to enjoy while taking a break from the slopes. Both Spas offer a selection of the highest quality treatments including massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures- to name a few.  Elevation Village Spa offers full hair services as well.

 

 

Country British Columbia, Canada
Visa requirementsETA is required for Visitor entry please contact us for more details
Languages spokenEnglish
Currency usedCanadian Dollar ($)
Ski Area Size7,355 Acres
Highest Point2,319m
Vertical Drop777m
Longest RunAround the World 7.2km
Lifts16
SeasonNov - April
Terrain18% Beginner
54% Intermediate
22% Expert
6% Extreme
Nearest AirportKelowna (YLW) 56km
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Nightlife info

Moose Lounge

Located in the Happy Valley Lodge and open daily from 11am. “The Moose” offers daily drink specials and an appetizer menu for après ski. The Moose is also famous for offering live entertainment every day from 4:00 to 6:00pm and some evenings. Come down and listen to Jon Bos and others. After skiing, after tubing or after skating The Moose is the place to be.

Santé Bar

Looking for a more mature, relaxed environment to enjoy a nightcap? Come and visit Santé Bar (no minors please), conveniently located in the White Crystal Inn, just steps from the Gondola. Sit by our stone fireplace and enjoy a signature martini or one of our specialty coffee drinks.

Snowshoe Sam's

Voted Canada’s #1 Ski Bar by Ski Canada Magazine and Best Après Ski Venue in North America by The Good Skiing and Snowboarding Guide, Sam’s has great pub atmosphere. Meals, après-ski, games, DJ's and live bands — Sam’s is the place to go for a night of fun. The dining room is located upstairs and features a big stone fireplace, superb food and don’t miss the famous "Gunbarrel Coffee" show.

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Culture and history info

The history of Big White Ski Resort dates to 1963 when the hill opened with a day lodge and the longest T-bar in Canada. Nowadays, the only thing remaining from those early years is the excellent terrain.

Construction Boom in Big White

A construction boom in the last decade has dramatically added to the mid-mountain village that began taking shape in the 1970s. Some of those early chalets with their characteristic cedar siding construction remain in the Snow Pine area and the first hotel has been renovated and now hosts the Urban Retreat Hostel. This area looks decidedly different from the craftsman style of the late 1990s and early 2000s and the Asian flavour of the most recent development.

Improved Access to Ski Terrain

Over the decades lift capacity has steadily increased with double, triple, quad and six-pack chairs – each successive generation augmenting or replacing earlier facilities – alleviating congestion as traffic increased. The newest addition is the Snowghost Express, the bright yellow people-mover that connects the Village Centre with Happy Valley.

New terrain has also been added at regular intervals. When the Westridge area, serviced by the Gem Lake Express and favoured by local skiers, opened in 1996, it increased terrain by 60%. In 2004, the addition of the Cliff Chair opened powder bowls on the mountain summit. And the TELUS Park terrain park has added a whole new dimension for boarders.

Big White's Australian Connection

Desmond Schumann bought the property in 1986. The Schumann family, which owned a resort in Australia, has taken a totally hands-on approach and three generations are currently involved with the operation. It was their vision to create a family-friendly ski-in/ski-out resort and to continually expand the destination. And it is their Australian connection that has led to the strong Australian presence among the staff that gives Big White such a young, energetic and friendly feel.

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Activities

There are lots of things to do at Big White including the Mega Snow Coaster, which was once the largest tubing park in North America.

There is also Snowmobile tours, Kids snow mobile rides, sleigh riding, dog sleds, snowshoeing through Big White's beautiful trails, and ice skating on the Olympic sized outdoor rink with a breathtaking view.

Big White also has a 60 foot ice climbing wall, catered to all ages and climbing levels.

There is the Sno-Limo, a sort of a cross between a dog sled and a lazy-boy chair on skis, which is for anyone who does not ski or snowboard to still be on the hill with everyone else. Big White offers a variety of tours such as Free Mountain Tours- providing the ins and outs of the best spots on the Mountain and shopping shuttles to Kelowna for groceries and other in town amenities.

There are also Wine Tours to some of the Okanagan's most popular wineries, as well as tickets and a bus ride to and from The Kelowna Rockets WHL team.

The resort also hosts a number of family aimed events such as carnival nights and Tim Hortons's Cruise the Blues.

Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Ski Programs

Big White's Ski and Board School has some of the best instructors from all over the globe to boost your confidence and help you get the most from the world class terrain at any age. Options range from:

First Timer Discover Ski Programs
2 Hr Group Lessons
Terrain Park Tuesdays
Private Coaching
Nordic & Telemark


For the Kids
Ski Canada rates the Big White Kids' centre as the “Best Resort Feature for Kids in Canada” and the UK’s London Daily Mail rated it one of the top five in the world!
Big White is the ultimate kids’ playground, a fun and safe environment featuring wide open runs, perfect for learning new skills that can get your children up and around the resort.

3-4 Yr Olds "Ski Cubs" -The Ski Cubs program gives children a positive ski experience by building their self-confidence with encouraging instructors in a fun setting.
5-7 Yr Olds "Snow Riders" - Choose between skiing, boarding, or both! Instructors guide 5-7 year olds through five levels of adventure and fun!
8-12 Yr Olds "Ridge Runners" - An ideal opportunity for 8-12 year olds to learn new skills and explore a variety of runs in a fun instructional environment.

Teen Freestyle Programs - There are a number of different programs to encourage and challenge kids and teens when it comes to freestyle skiing and riding.
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Hot Deals

INN AT BIG WHITE

INCLUDES BONUS OFFERS: 1 FREE NIGHTS + 1 FREE DAYS LIFT TICKET

Package inclusions:

7 nights twin share in a Superior Hotel Room at Inn at Big White

6 day Big White Lift Pass

From $1199 per person

*Valid for travel 27 November – 20 December 2019 and 5-30 January. Book Anytime

6 Inn at Big White is a modern ski-in/ski-out inn is off the Hummingbird piste and next to The Blarney Stone Irish Tavern.

Warm rooms have kitchenettes with cook tops, minifridges, microwaves and wet bars, plus WiFi and flat-screen TVs. All offer gas fireplaces, and some feature pull-out sofas.

Other amenities include an outdoor pool and a hot tub, a game room with a ping-pong table, and an exercise room. There are ski lockers and heated underground parking.



TRAPPERS CROSSING

1 FREE NIGHT + 1 FREE DAY LIFT PASS

Package Includes:

7 nights quad share in a 2 Bedroom Premium Plus Room with a private hot-tub

6 day Big White Lift Pass

From $1425 per person

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 27 Nov - 20 Dec 2019 & 5 - 30 Jan 2020 & 22 MArch - 18 April 2020. Prices and availability are subject to change. Book anytime.

Located only a stone's throw from the heart of the village centre, these beautifully furnished condominiums boast fantastic ski-to/ski-from access from the slopes. With quick access to all mountain amenities, these well-appointed condos have private hot tubs and full kitchen facilities making them great for groups or families.



SUNDANCE LODGE, BIG WHITE

INCLUDES BONUS OFFERS: 1 FREE NIGHT + KIDS SKI FREE

Package Includes:

7 nights in a Two Bedroom Club Suite at Sundance Resort Big White for a family of 4

6 day Lift Pass for 2 adults & 2 kids (12yrs & under)

From $4450 per family

Located very close to the main village with ski in/ ski out access, Sundance resort offers a choice of apartment styled rooms with scenic views and luxury cabins. Features of this resort include 2 hot tubs, a fitness room, ski lockers, games room, a theatre room, free wireless access, outdoor heated pool. All units within the complex have spacious living areas, most have full kitchens (except the Studios they have galley kitchens), some with laundry facilities and a fireplace.

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 5-30 January 2020 and 22 March – 18 April 2020. Book & pay by 31 August 2019 Prices are subject to change at time of booking. Kids must be 12 years and under otherwise adult prices will apply.

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