Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort is the second biggest ski area in British Columbia after Whistler Blackcomb, and is located in the Okanagan Valley near Kelowna. The Canadian province of British Columbia is known the world over as a skiing paradise, with numerous resorts, heli-skiing companies, and Nordic touring firms.

Big White Ski Area Canada is spread over more than 2,500 acres of skiable terrain serviced by 16 lifts. With peaks as high as 7,600 feet above sea level (the vertical drop is over 2,500 feet), Big White Ski Area Canada is ensured a healthy annual snowfall. Its location deep in the interior of British Columbia means that the snow here is dry and powdery, much like the champagne powder at Snowbird, Alta, and other Utah ski resorts. Because of its northerly, high-altitude location, Big White Ski Area Canada does not have to rely on snowmaking to form its base, so the snow is 100% natural.

This great snow covers trails for any ability. Generally, each lift services green, blue, and black slopes, so Big White Ski Resort ski runs are perfect for families with skiers and snowboarders of mixed ability. You can all take the same lift, come down the slope of your choosing, and meet up again at the bottom.

First-time skiers and snowboarders will want to stay on Plaza chair and come down the runs alongside this lift. Beginners who have advanced above this level will find some good green slopes off Bullet Express. Millie’s Mile, along the Black Forest Express, is another nice long green run.

Most Big White Ski Resort ski runs are rated blue and are suitable for the average skier. The runs off Black Forest Express are a good place to get warmed up. For some nice long groomed trails head up the Gem Lake Express and try Kalina’s Rainbow, Blue Sapphire, or Roller Coaster.

There are some great Big White Ski Resort ski runs for mogul-lovers. Intermediate, below the Bullet Express, is a good practice run, with nice gentle bumps. For more challenging moguls, try Dragon’s Tongue off the Ridge Rocket Express.

Advanced skiers will like the black diamonds off the Gem Lake Express lift and the glades around Falcon chair. The most challenging terrain at Big White Ski Resort is off the Alpine T-bar or Cliff Chair. Paradise Bowl, to the right of the t-bar, should challenge even the best skier. Snowboarders will enjoy the large Telus terrain park, serviced by its own double chair.

Big White Ski Resort has a large resort village at its main base, so there is plenty of good accommodation and dining within walking distance of the slopes.

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