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% of trip in Big White/Silver Star?

post #1 of 10
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I've read a number of threads about these two resorts,and as i'm planning a 12 night group trip my problem is how best to divide the time between the two?Its a mixed ability group ranging from basic intermediates to high intermediates/advanced.
I gather that Big White is the bigger area but how does the skiing compare to Silver Star?terrain,runs etc?Is there enough skiing for a long stay or would anyone recommend a couple of day trips elsewhere?
Any thoughts greatfully received.
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post #2 of 10
Will let you know end of next week, I will be there this weekend and will ski both areas during the week stay.
post #3 of 10
It’s quite a long time for only 2 resorts. Think about 5 days Silver Star, 4 days Big White and 3 days SunPeaks.
post #4 of 10
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Originally posted by ExcitableBoy:
I've read a number of threads about these two resorts,and as i'm planning a 12 night group trip my problem is how best to divide the time between the two?Its a mixed ability group ranging from basic intermediates to high intermediates/advanced.
I gather that Big White is the bigger area but how does the skiing compare to Silver Star?terrain,runs etc?Is there enough skiing for a long stay or would anyone recommend a couple of day trips elsewhere?
Any thoughts greatfully received.
Cheers. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
Just came back from BW and SS, they are about equal quality and difficulty. SS has more DD than BW and there are two Back Country areas I did not explore. It is awfully long for a 12 day stay at both resorts, I'd say 4 days each at Sunpeaks, SS and BW will be enough.
post #5 of 10
I agree with most of the above...
I did Big White - Silver Star - Sun Peaks last January...
3 days each.... it was wonderful....

Big White has the terrain for more days... but unless you go back to Town - the village?? will bore you to tears quickly..

Silver Star - fun little village - tubing area etc... mountain starts getting small after two days

Sun Peaks... least snow, but best combination of terrain and village life...
post #6 of 10
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Originally posted by Gregbo:

Big White has the terrain for more days... but unless you go back to Town - the village?? will bore you to tears quickly..

I hate to say that from BW if you drive to the "Town", which is Kelowna, the 24km access road is the least desirable of all. There are about 5 180 degree turns and when snow is on the road, the driving become dangerous. I had to drive that BW access road three round trips and each time I hold my breath a lot. Othere than that little deli, there is no grocery to buy in the BW village, you got to go to the town even if you are short of soda. Forget about veggies, they will charge you 5CAN for an ice cream comb in the village.

The access road for SS is much better and from the Casino, it is only a 20-25 min drive.
post #7 of 10
I agree - Kelowna road was not fun.... but the BW Village had very little to offer... I skied out of my camper so didn't have to leave.

SS - better access - but still twisty
post #8 of 10
When I was at BW back in 2000 they did have a grocery but don't remember what the stock was like. I only visited SS and BW for two days each but thought to myself the BW village felt boring, had no life to it. Two days at each did not seem enough, 3 days would be better. At both places we stayed at B&B's between the towns and ski areas, did not find the driving a problem but we did rent a 4WD and struck good conditions. I think it woudl be too far to commute to BW each day from Kelowna. I never got to Sun Peaks or Apex, which is in the same area.
post #9 of 10
I went to both places last winter for 3 weeks. Had I think a week in Silver star and the rest in bigwhite.

Silverstar has more advanced terrain but was short on fresh snow for us and some of it (a lot) was too icy for our ability. If the blacks/DBs out the back near powder gulch chair are going good then there is definitely more advanced terrain on offer at SS than BW

On the other hand in BigWhite we seemed to have more fun skiing the trees with our friends.
BW really has a paucity of top end stuff ie the Cliff (DB) and a few others and thats it..

For us, BW had more to offer with trees and learning (lots of lessons)...

Depends on your needs i spose.

If u go to either and want lessons then Id recommend Hans (at SS) and Art (at BW). Art helped my wife and I conquer a new level of skiing and he has a great personal story of achievement which will inspire you.

JD

Oh, this year my wife and I are going to Red and Whistler..on improvement courses.....
post #10 of 10
If you are looking for advanced terrain, you might want to consider one day in Silver Star, one day in Big White, one day at Sun Peaks, and nine days at Kicking Horse.
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