Ski & Snowboard

 

BIG WHITE

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Big White, CANADA, has a very reliable powder snow record, a well laid out efficient lift system and a modern ski in ski out mountain village.

Big White Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain consists of steep treed areas, mogul runs, powder filled bowls, challenging chutes and immaculately groomed wide trails and easy gentle beginner areas.

Big White and Silver Star which is 60 miles away, about a 2 hour drive, are owned by the same company and have a shared lift pass. An intermountain shuttle bus operates every Thursday between the two resorts. For more information on Silver Star click here

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Big White

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Big White Ski Resort, BC, Canada

The steepest most challenging terrain at Big White is Parachute Bowl. The open powder filled treeless double black diamond bowl is serviced by the Cliff Chairlift and should only be attempted by very confident skiers and snowboarders; it is almost vertical!

The tree skiing and snowboarding is excellent at Big White. Head to the Black and Blue Glades, the Sapphire Glades and the Thunder Glades. Any of the glade areas on either side of the Gem Lake Express Chairlift are fantastic.

Huge moguls litter the Piece of Cake run on the left hand side of the Snow Ghost Express Chairlift and the Flagpole run under the Powder Chairlift.

One of the longest advanced trails is Black Jack it is steep, bumpy and tree lined; a real adrenaline pumper!

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Big White

Intermediates are spoilt for choice at Big White with 56% of the terrain allocated to intermediate skiing and snowboarding.

For a long and enjoyable cruise from the top of the Falcon Chairlift turn right and take the White Foot trail linking with the long Blue Sapphire trail that eventually ends at the base of the Gem Lake Express Chairlift.

All the trails on the left hand side of the Gem Lake Express Chairlift are intermediate. They are well groomed and of varying descents; Kalina’s Rainbow trail links with the winding and sometimes bumpy Blue Ribbon trail.

For morning warm up runs catch the Black Forest Chairlift and take your pick from any of the four immaculately groomed trails on the Chairlift’s right hand side.

For the 2008/2009 winter season extensive summer grooming was conducted on 55+ existing trails. Rocks and trees were cleared ensuring perfect groomed corduroy runs from early in the winter season.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Big White

The designated beginner area below the Happy Valley Day Lodge is gentle and flat serviced by a magic carpet.

Two of the easiest beginner runs are Hummingbird and Woodcutter running through the Village under the Plaza Chairlift; they are wide and gently sloping.

Once confidence grows beginners are not limited to just one area every lift on the mountain accesses at least one corduroy wide beginner trail. For a long run turn right at the top of the Alpine T-Bar onto Sun Run before connecting with Highway 33 and cruising all the way down to the Happy Valley Day Lodge.

The Big White Ski and Board School is one of the best in Canada with lessons and clinics for all levels and ages of skiers and snowboarders.

In the 2007/2008 winter season the ski and board school introduced Flight School and Heavy Metal Shop intensive weeklong programs designed to dramatically improve snow riders TELUS terrain park skills.

The Ski and Board School also offer Teen Freestyle Coaching lessons for 13-17 year old advanced skiers and snowboarders only in the TELUS terrain park.

Big White Terrain Park and Halfpipe

The Telus Terrain Park above the Village and serviced by the Telus Park Chairlift has jumps, kickers, rails and tabletops of varying sizes catering to all freerider levels.

The terrain parks also has a snowcross course, a standard halfpipe and a 500 foot long international competition standard superpipe.

Big White Night Skiing and Snowboarding

The Plaza Chairlift, the Bullet Express Chairlift and the Telus Terrain Park are open for night skiing and snowboarding on Tuesday through to Saturday nights from 5pm to 8pm. There is no charge for night skiing and snowboarding with the purchase of a multi day ticket at Big White.

Other Activities at Big White

Other activities at Big White include snowmobiling tours, ice skating, snow shoeing tours, snow tubing, dog sled tours, cross country skiing, horse drawn sleigh rides and massage and beauty treatments.

Big White Shopping

The Big White Village has a couple of gift and souvenir shops, a snowboard shop (The Village Rider) and a large ski shop (Ski Dazzle) both stocking the latest equipment, clothing and accessories. Rental and demo equipment are available from both.

The Market at Big White stocks basic groceries and liquor.

Vacation Food Services can stock your condominium full of groceries before you arrive at Big White so you don’t have to bother with any grocery shopping.

Big White Restaurants

Big White has 18 restaurants and cafes ranging from fine dining to Chinese, Italian and Swiss cuisine. For fine dining go to the Copper Kettle Grille specialising in local cuisine, it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Kettle Valley Steakhouse and Wine Bar also serves gourmet cuisine in beautiful surroundings complemented by an excellent wine list.

The Swiss Bear restaurant serves European infused cuisine and cheese fondues in a family friendly environment.

Carvers restaurant have both a western style and international menu while Coltino’s Ribs and Steakhouse have the best meat cuts on the mountain.

For a quick bite go to the Big White Bakery for a pastry or drop into Beano’s Coffee Plaza for delicious takeaway sandwiches and soups.

Big White Nightlife

In the Big White Village the friendly Snowshoe Sam’s bar is a hive of activity in the evenings. Not only does it serve tasty bar meals it stays open really late with DJs lots of dancing and live band performances.

The Loose Moose Bar kicks off the action in the early afternoon with après ski drink specials staying open til late with pumping music.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
7,606
2,319
Base
5,760
1,755
Average Snowfall
294 inches
Lifts
16
Trails
118
7,355 acres
Terrain %
advanced
26
intermediate
56
beginner
18
Halfpipe
2, 1 super pipe
Terrain Park
2
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