Ski Canada: Big White Ski Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010

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Big White is a British Columbia ski resort in the Canadian Rockies with a longer than average ski season (mid November to mid April) thanks to its 300 inches (750 cm) of big, white snow per year. Some years it’s even the first to open in all of North America!

Big White's 139 trails. (Big White Mountain Resort)

And it’s not just the season that’s long; Big White also has long days! Night skiing and riding is available five nights a week on 38 of terrain via the Bullet high-speed quad and Plaza quad chair lifts.

The marked trails, powder bowls and glades at Big White are served by 13 lifts. There are also three state-of-the-art snowboard parks and half pipes, all built to competition standards.

The terrain is classified as 18% for beginners, 56% intermediate and 26% advanced. To get a free tour of the mountain, sign up for a guided adventure with Big White’s “snowhosts.”

The mountain base sits at 4,950 feet (1,508 m) and peaks at 7,606 feet (2,319 m) for a vertical rise of 2,550 feet (770 m). The skiable area at Big White spans across 2,765 acres and 112 designated trails plus 27 unnamed trails. The longest run reaches 4.5 miles (7.2 km).

Learners of all levels can benefit from the resort’s huge International Ski School. Programs are offered for skiers and riders of every age and ability.

Cross-country skiers can enjoy the 15.5 miles (25 km) of trails at Big White.

Stay on mountain and have access to 17 bars and restaurants that serve everything from snacks and take out pizza to international cuisine and world-class wines.

To reach Big White from Calgary, take the Trans-Canada Highway 1 west through Banff and Golden to Revelstoke. Continue to Sicamous and turn left to travel south on Highway 97A. Stay left and follow it through Vernon to Kelowna. To get to the resort from Kelowna take Highway 33 south to Big White Road and the resort.

To reach Big White from Vancouver, take the Trans-Canada Highway 1 east to Hope, where you should continue on Coquihalla Highway 5. In the town of Merritt take the Kelowna exit. Follow this, the Okanagan Connector (Highway 97c) to Kelowna. (Follow the same instructions as above to the resort).

Telephone: 250 765-3101
Snow Phone: 250 765-SNOW

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