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Any insider tips for Big White?

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Hi All

Heading to Big White ,BC. week after next. I know , I know, Flat White , Big Flat, Big snooze, etc. It seemed like a good place that the girlfriend will have lots to ski (intermediate)  Revelstoke  was a bit much for her!  I want to balance her happiness with my selfishness. Does anyone have the lowdown on best parts of the hill  for me to ski? The steeper stuff? Where to find the stashes of snow 2 days after?  Where are the good bars for apres , good places for dinner? Places on the hill for lunch? 

Thanks in advance

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Not sure if he's around, but paging @Cannonball

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Hey Graham, 

 

I live and work at Big White, been here 12 years so I figure I know my way around pretty good.  For sure there's lots of intermediate terrain but there's also some great steeps and challenging gladed areas.  The Cliff basin along with the Easter Chutes are a couple of my favourite spots.  The Easter Chutes load up with snow and seem to ski a lot deeper than what's posted on the snow report, the area has a northern aspect so it's always good no matter the time of year. The Falcon (only open on weekends) is super steep and challenging and the Gem Lake area has long glades and pretty sporty terrain as well.

 

Hope that helps, hit me up when you're here and if I'm around I'll give you the nickle tour.

 

Josh

 

p.s. my profile pic is from the Easter Chutes


Edited by Cannonball - 3/1/16 at 12:49pm
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Thanks for the info Josh.  Were going to be there mar 13 - 20. the long range forecast ( seems to change every day!) calls for warm temps 8-9c . That's from accuweather . don't know if that's at the base , in town , or where. Any thoughts?

and wheres the good place for a beer after?

 

cheers

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There are no longer range forecasts for big white other than maybe snow forecast. Anything else would be for Kelowna. Big White has more fun terrain than people give it credit for.
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How about that! Cannonball himself willing to take some time and show a vacationer around his mountain.
Plus I think Josh's instructional videos are really good and presented very well.
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Doh!  I'm scheduled to be in Whistler for the Level 4 Exams the week that you're here so I might miss you, apologies.  I'm back the night of the 18th but have private lessons booked on the morning of the 19th and 20th.  Might be able to catch up on the afternoon of the 19th...?  Let me know.  I find that this is best and most accurate weather forecast for us; http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Big-White/6day/mid  It's been pretty much spot on for most of the season so far.

 

Quiet beer or loud beer?  The Black Diamond has Steigl on tap, that's my favourite.  The Woods has Blue Buck on tap, that's really good too.  Louder apres would be Snowshoe Sam's or The Moose Lounge at Happy Valley.

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Hi All

Heading to Big White ,BC. week after next. I know , I know, Flat White , Big Flat, Big snooze, etc.

You left our Big WhiteOut.

 

We only skied it from 850-1230 as we had a cat ski pickup later in the PM more than 2 hrs N. We got the full experience, groomers to powder, decent visibility to whiteout with rime coating our googles. The good part about parking at Gem Lake is that it saves you 5-10 minutes vs. driving to village and there are trees to the top. The bad part for us was telephone line was not working so no credit card lift ticket transactions and the trees at the top were snow-ghosted and as white as the hill and the sky at top, See http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=12060 for report.

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Hey Josh

Thanks very much for your tips and suggestions, I will put them to good use . No worries about your schedule, totally understand. Thank you for the very nice offer. the 19th is our last day skiing, travelling on the 20th. If  we can hook up that would be fun.  A large group of us are coming from the North Toronto Ski Club (30 of us), so  I may /would have imposed on you to take a group of the better skiers! Maybe you just dodged a bullet!!

Cheers, Have fun in Whistler

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