Big White | Canada

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Resort Info

Resort Info

‘It’s the snow’ that Big White shouts about and quite rightly too: tons of dry ‘champagne’ powder fall on the place each year, making for a superb ski holiday to Big White. The true ski-in/ski-out village offers plenty of first-class accommodation and an entertaining range of off -lope activities.

There is terrain to suit all abilities, across 2,765 acres, from deep powder bowls to wide-open groomers. The resort is a cruiser’s paradise with plenty of long green and blue runs. You will find each lift accesses a novice trail and improvers will relish the opportunities across the mountain to progress. The renowned terrain park is a draw as is the ski/boarder-cross course, while experts will head towards Sun Rype Bowl after a big snow fall and there are some great glades too. The resort’s amazing ‘Snowghosts’ are a must see, with the runs through these snow-caked trees are stunning.

Big White is also recognised as one of the top family ski holiday resorts in the world, actively designing facilities with families in mind, including designated family and senior slow skiing trails, where every day three runs are gated and controlled. Their award-winning Kids’ Centre also offers age-appropriate supervised games, activities and skiing to help introduce and develop their skills and confidence in a fun and safe environment.

Off the Slopes

Off the Slopes

Being a mid-mountain, purpose-built ski village, Big White is perfect for those looking for a ski-in/ski-out destination as nearly all the accommodation is ski-in/ski-out. The variety of slopeside lodging – hotels and condo accommodation ranging from the luxurious to the more budget – is vast and a lot of the lodging is privately owned so the décor and amenities do vary.

The village has a variety of restaurants from good pub grub at the The Blarney Stone Irish Tavern to the fine dining found at The Woods (a Frontier favourite). There is also the lively Snowshoe Sam’s for those looking for a livelier evening! Another must do when in Big White is to visit the Gunbarrel Grill (above Snowshow Sam’s) to try the famous Gunbarrel Coffee, a liquor cocktail experience!

There is also a wide variety of family-oriented après ski; child-friendly food, hot chocolate, evening activities with board games and movies are just some of the other family friendly services available. The Happy Valley area is perfect for families featuring a skating lake, the Mega Snow Coaster tubing park and snowmobiles,  in both adult and child sizes, as well as an ice-climbing tower. Back in the village, the Tot Town Day-care is available for children aged 18 months to 5 years.

Big White also offers cross-country skiing, dog-sledding, snowshoeing and horse-drawn sleigh rides. You can also relax in the Elevation day spa.

Resort Stats

Resort Stats

Transfer / Driving Time
Kelowna (40 mins)
Base elevation
4,950 feet
Terrain Park
Rail park, regular half pipe, snowcross course
Top elevation
7,606 feet
Avg annual snowfall
294 inches
Vertical drop
2,550 feet
Lift capacity
28,000 skiers per hour
Number of runs
119 + bowls
Ski season
Nov 22 to Apr 22
Number of lifts
15 inc 1 gondola, 1 Six-Pack
and 5 Quads
Skiable terrain
2,765 acres – 6% extreme, 22% advanced, 54% intermediate & 18% beginners
Frontier’s Personal Experience

“Loved the mid-mountain aspect, you cannot beat strapping on your skis and skiing down to a lift. Lots of blue cruiser runs and a vibrant night life make Big White one of my favourite resorts. It is also a great resort for families and my kids would love the Happy Valley area with mini-snowmobiles and ice climbing. A must do (for the adults) when in Big White is to experience the Gunbarrel coffee at Gunbarrel Grill. The most elaborate coffee you will ever have but absolutely delicious.”

Michael Williamson,
Frontier Ski