The El Nino weather was somewhat warm and damp in the Pacific Northwest in late Feb/early March. We delayed our plans and for teh week of 7th, heading north and to altitude seemed the safest way to get good snow. Hence Big White, with 5000 feet+ base village and this year a 100inch + base.
The vilage at BW is excellent and we scored a great slopeside condo for 7 of us at the last minute for C1100. A complete steal. It was a quiet week - before BC Spring break. The variety and price of accommodation at BW is a real plus.
From the village, the Ridge Rocket and it's side-by-side 6 pack serve the main area of skiing. It's fun cruisey terrain with some long bumps and fun short tree shots. We spent a lot of time there when the storms rolled in as the trees gave great visibility and held pow all day. My favorite area is Gem Lake, served by a 2200ft vert fast quad. The bowl at the top gets great wind blown pow and us epic fun ripping through snow ghosts and lower down trees, There's two long fast groomers which rock and roll and keep everybody happy. There's also some tight glades along the side of Black Bear and the chair line. It's great skiing.
The other side of the village is served by two fast quads and is generally gentler terrain, but with some really fun little low angle tree lines. We actually discovered some seriously steep short tree lines off the looker right of the Black Forest chair These had great deep fluffy snow to play in.
Big White needs a solid 50 inch base to open up a fair bit of terrain as it is a rocky mountain. With 100+ inches like this season, the place really rocks!