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Big White Resort

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Anyone with info on Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia? I'm thinking of going up and have heard that there are numerous easy runs for a lower level skier like myself. Any info on services and accomodations and snow conditions would be appreciated. :
post #2 of 10
the locals call it Big White Out due to fog.

My son and husband hated it because it was too easy,(they're expert thrashers) sounds like it would be just right for you. The village and ski in/ski out set up is supposed to be very nice

Irulan
post #3 of 10
Its true about the nickname the Big White-out. We were there just before xmas. The morning of the first day was great. The clouds rolled in and stayed the next couple days. We still had a great time though. The snow was fantastic, a dry light champagne powder. We just headed off for the trees when the visibility was poor. The trees provided a good visual reference point when the visibility is bad. Big White is known for its snow and its gladed runs.
post #4 of 10
Hi Skidoc:

Have a look at www.silverstarmtn.com. Silver Star is about the same distance from the airport in Kelowna as Big White (we're an hour and fifteen minutes northwest). The weather is better and the village is beautiful. There's tons of stuff for the kids to do too. Silver Star gets the Okanagan champagne snow as well.

Silver Star was actually bought by Big White this past autumn. The mountain has a helicopter taxi to take people b/t the two mountains (some of us just drive!). It's a great mountain for all levels of skiers. Take care,

Mike C.
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Hi Skidoc:

Have a look at www.silverstarmtn.com. Silver Star is about the same distance from the airport in Kelowna as Big White (we're an hour and fifteen minutes northwest). The weather is better and the village is beautiful. There's tons of stuff for the kids to do too. Silver Star gets the Okanagan champagne snow as well.

Silver Star was actually bought by Big White this past autumn. The mountain has a helicopter taxi to take people b/t the two mountains (some of us just drive!). It's a great mountain for all levels of skiers. Take care,

Mike C.
post #6 of 10
I am a great fan of Sun Peaks. This place is great.Plenty of long perfectly groomed runs for lower and mid level skiers, lots of expert terrain to keep me happy and also some back country possibilities if you befriend the locals.
post #7 of 10
I spent the last several years skiing at the smaller BC resorts after giving up on the crowds and expense at Whistler/Blackcomb. Unfortunately, Big White does seem to suffer poor weather conditions more frequently than either Sun Peaks or Silver Star. I'm an expert level skier and was happy at both of those resorts, though they also have abundant green and blue runs. Sun Peaks definitely has the more "happening" village for adults (on a relative scale). Silver Star is very nice, small village, very family oriented. Note that we had some trouble finding places to eat without reservations during one trip to Silver Star, so keep that in mind. The snow is absolutely fantastic at all of these areas and your dollar will go a long way. We will definitely spend a week or so at either Silver Star or Sun Peaks next year when my daughter is old enough to strap on some boards...
post #8 of 10
For all your British Columbia resort questions.........

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I've heard mixed reviews about Big White. Many more positive comments about Silver Star.
post #9 of 10
Been to both Silverstar and Big White. Big White's my preference because:

1) It's a real sleeper: not well publicized and hence uncrowded. Seems like a strong locals contingent - more ova skiers ski area.
2) Nice cozy, charming base area despite being relatively new.
3) Great tree skiing
4) Fantastic bowl far to skiers left which really rocks - steep and sweet - don't know how Irulan's family missed that one?
5) Last year (a bad snow year) it had snow as good as Kicking Horse and better than Fernie - which are both in the powder triangle (the real one which runs to the Cariboos)

If you like Snowbird, head for Silver Star. if you like Alta, head for Big White.
post #10 of 10
My family has been skiing for about 4 years. Three years ago, in early April, we spent nearly a week at Big White. The weather was great. We received 17 inches of snow during our 3rd night there. The village area is in the center of the slopes so almost every room is nearly ski in/out. There are several nicer restaurants in the village. People were VERY friendly. We've been to several other areas since then, including Whistler, Telluride, Solitude/Brighton, Big Mountain in Montana and Keystone and our favorite ski area is still Big White. Weather can be a problem from what I read and hear but we really lucked out. The resort is very big and tons of beginner/intermediate runs. Scenery is only so-so and there is really nothing to do at night but for a family vacation this place was perfect. Oh, and did I mention inexpensive? It was very economical.
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