From its duvet of champagne powder that covers the mountain slopes and village streets, to the wining, dining, romantic sunsets, lantern-lit sleigh rides and real-life social network for the 50+ a.k.a Masters’ Week, Big White has easy going charm and an ease and convenience that no snow-loving human can resist. Nor should they.
Things you’ll love about Big White
- Its convenience as Canada’s largest 100% ski in/ski out resort
- Family friendly mountain with pristinely groomed runs for all levels
- Ski Canada Magazine 2016 ‘Best Snow’, ‘Best Grooming’, ‘Best Family Resort’
- The famous Okanagan Champagne powder
- Renowned tree and glade skiing plus its haunting snow ghosts
- Learning from some of the best ski instructors in BC
- Evening sleigh rides, dog-sledding and other activities
- The ski, feast and be merry delights during 50+ Masters’ Week in Feb and Mar
Blue Powder Insider Tip, Mick says “If you’re going as a family, consider Masters’ Week in Feb or March. The kids will have heaps of fun at Big White Ski & Board School at the same time”
Come and See Why “It’s the Snow”
With almost 8 metres of soft powder every year, Big White resort lives up to its big promise motto. And not just for the quantity and quality of the white stuff.
Your whole skiing experience is easy and stress free – whether you’re a beginner, gentle cruiser, adventurous intermediate or skiing’s answer to Ob-Won-Kenobi, with decades of steep mountain thrills under your boots:
- Easy access to beautifully groomed, bump-free beginner and intermediate runs
- For more advanced skiing, untracked powder and steep corduroy cruisers without body-straining surprises
- Even unpisted blacks are soft with no icy moguls in sight
- Lots of gladed options amongst the trees to explore at your own pace
- 7.5m per year of all-natural snow over 1700 ha of incredible terrain
- 15 lifts (5 express) – double the amount of similar-sized resorts
- 118 designated trails across all levels
- Take the 7.2 km Around the World Route from the top of the T-Bar to bottom of Gem Lake.
- 105km of marked runs
- Telus Park for boarders and skiers who want course lanes, rails and jumps
- Want to ski some more? Hop on a handy inter-resort shuttle to Silver Star or Sun Peaks
Blue Powder Insider Tip, Mick says “If you’re an advanced skier but don’t want anything too extreme, head to the Falcon glades for wide steep runs. You can always up the ante later at Gem Lake.”
School was Never this Much Fun
Whether it’s your first day on snow or you’re ready for an MBA in Powderology, the ski school at Big White is the ideal place to graduate with flying colours. And the best part of going back to school here? No crowded classrooms or boring lessons, just hours of fun in the playground:
- Lessons by ability from Never Ever beginner through intermediate all the way to Black Diamonds
- Masters Mondays – group lessons plus chef cooked gourmet lunch at Kettle Valley Steak House
- Wed Ladies Day – group lessons followed by lunch, wine-tasting and prizes.
Ski-in, Ski-out and Walk-all-about Mountain Village
Another part of Big White’s ski-life-was-meant-to-be-easy attitude is the village itself. It’s not just ski-in, ski-out, but ski-through too. Main Street includes a ski run and car-free pedestrian walkway, so you can slide right to your doorstep or stroll through the village to shop and sample some of the wonderful après ski drink and dining options.
- Enjoy a sunset hot chocolate on the patio at Sessions Taphouse & Grill
- Grab a partner at the Last Lift Bar where swing bands play on weekends
- Sample from 20 beers on tap at après favourite Snowshoe Sam’s Pub
- Head upstairs to Sam’s Dining Room for a ‘gunbarrel coffee’ after dinner.
- Try the steak, fish and vegetarian meals with local wines at Kettle Valley Steakhouse
- Relax with a drink at The Woods by the big stone fireplace
- Look out for movies, carnival nights and other events for the young and young-at-heart
- The Village Centre Mall has all your holiday essentials, lift passes, lessons, equipment and more.
Blue Powder Insider Tip, Mick says “The Globe Cafe and Tapas has delicious food, no matter what meal it is – even if you’re just dropping in for a warm-the-bones Sangria.”
As Canada’s Best Family Resort, it goes without saying that Big White has plenty of unique experiences, adventures, activities and events to keep everyone happy on and off the slopes.
That includes plenty of options for young-at-heart visitors – whether you feel like a rest day from skiing or want to add an extra adventure to your day’s itinerary.
- Dog sledding tours – mix exciting adventure with Big White’s breathtaking scenery
- Horse drawn sleigh rides – glide through the forest under a blanket with a hot chocolate
- Snowmobile tours – all skill levels from family cruising to advanced powder riding
- Ice skating at the outdoor rink, surrounded by snow-covered trees and picturesque mountains
- Wine tours – over 150 wineries from large historic estates to small organic farm
- Ride in a Sno Limo – so even non-skiers can experience the slopes
- Explore the snow ghost fields at the top of Gem Lake Express Quad
- Go for a ride – in the mini snowmobiles or on the Snowcoaster at the tube park
Blue Powder Insider Tip, Mick says “After, or instead of, a day on the slopes, enjoy a soothing massage at The Beyond Wrapture Day Spa & Retreat”
Masters’ Week – Because Ski Life Begins at 50
If you’re a 50+ fan of magical snow, company, food and wine, you won’t want to miss Big White’s famous Masters’ Week programs.
The five day event, blends seminars and lessons with exclusive après events including wine tastings, sleigh rides, meals and more. It’s the perfect way to improve your skiing or snowboarding while bonding with your closest and make new friends with equally impressive tastes in hobbies and passions.
- January 29th – February 2nd
- February 26th – March 2nd
- March 26th – 30th
Masters’ Week Après-ski
Welcome Reception of delicious drinks and appetisers, hosted by Ski and Board School Director Josh Foster.
Boot fitting, drinks and seminar with the legendary Lindsay “Dizzy” Bennett.
Horse sleigh ride and dinner in Big White’s forest cabin, with food provided by Kettle Valley Steakhouse.
Drinks and nibbles at one of Big White’s top restaurants.
BC Legends Dinner at the delicious Harvest Table at Kettle Valley Steakhouse.
Enjoy the best of Masters’ Week for just $4,300pp*!
- International Airfares with Air Canada (Sydney/Kelowna/Sydney – via Vancouver inc taxes)
- Return Airport transfers
- 7 nights Accommodation at Stonebridge Lodge in a beautiful 1 bedroom executive with private hot tub (Saturday 27 Jan – Saturday 03 Feb ’18)
- 6 Day Senior Lift Pass
*Based on 1st week 29 Jan – 02 Feb. Prices on application for other Masters Weeks Dates
- Only a 1 hour drive from Kelowna airport and less than an hour by air from Vancouver