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Big White Resort Canada

post #1 of 18
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Has anyone been to Big White Canada?
I would appreciate all coments or reviews
Thanks
post #2 of 18
It's a great place. I haven't been there in a couple of years. As I recall, it has kind of a family feel to it. It is owned by the same megabucks Aussie group that owns Silver Star, and there may be some joint Big White/Silver Star deals. The knock on Big White is that it's fogged in a fair amount of the time, and I think there is some truth to that claim. OTOH, Okanagan powder is worth travelling for and on a clear day you can see the Selkirks.
post #3 of 18
I was there the 2nd week of January and had a wonderful time. It snowed 6 of 7 days with often limited visibility but what the heck, this is an outdoor winter sport. It's low key, uncrowded, friendly with great tree skiing and some excellent steeps off the cliff chair. There is limited nightlife and shopping which is great IMHO cause it keeps some of the crowds away. Everything is in walking distance including several excellent restaurants. Would I go back? Guaranteed.
post #4 of 18
I was there several(4) years ago with my family--all intermediates. I really can't say a bad thing about Big White. Friendly people, no crowds, a great place for intermediates, snow ghosts, nearly every place to stay at that time was practically ski-in/ski-out, and VERY reasonable. Oh yes, one problem for us--we live in Ohio. Very long travel time from Ohio!!! We'd love to go back. Liked it much better than Whistler.
post #5 of 18
Was there Dec. 2004, before Xmas. Very Good Resort, very reasonable accomodation with all condos ski in/out. Cannot complaint. There are two things you have to think about:

1, No supermarket in the village. The Grocery store is very expensive, about double the price from outside. We have to drive to the town to get groceries, very large Costco en-route.
2. Its for the intermeidate to the high intermediates, if you are an expert skier you will get bored quickly, cannot last one week. I droved around after two to three days, Apex and Silver Star are all good. I happened bum into some locals at Silver Star who took me around, had a great time.

Have a nice trip to the Super Natural Interior BC.
post #6 of 18
I ski Big White often and always enjoy it. It is well known for its frequent whiteout conditions, but I find that just keeps the gapers inside sipping hot chocolate while I enjoy first tracks in the trees.

There is all the intermediate terrain one could want, along with a real abundance of awesome tree skiing, long bump runs more good tree skiing and an enjoyable village atmosphere. All slopeside accomodations are ski in ski out, which makes waking up and hitting the slopes with a minimum of effort very easy. There can be crowds, but nothing serious. A busy day at Big White is like a slow day at Whistler/Blackcomb. And that's only on the most popular lifs closest to the village. The mountain could stand to be steeper, but there is still some decent advanced terrain. There is also plenty backcountry opprotunities off the backside of the mountain.

As far as groceries and nightlife goes, I recommend doing all of that in the nearby city of Kelowna.

Here are a few pictures of the hill


View of the Falcon chair from the top of the Powder Chair area. circa jan. 2004


view up the cliff chair on an average snow year (not as good as this year):


Another cliff chair picture:


View up the falcon chair


some trees in the gem lake area


I am heading to Big White this coming weekend friday-sunday. I'll try to take some more pictures for you if you'd like.
post #7 of 18
Oh yes, one problem for us--we live in Ohio. Very long travel time from Ohio!!!But even longer from South Australia! I will finally be there in about a week and a half (March 10) after planning for nearly a year. With a 283 cm base it's looking good. I also understand they have extended the supermarket considerably, so you can get most things at reasonable prices. I am also going to check out SilverStar. Be happy to meet up with fellow Barking Bears for a slide if there is anyone there at this time!
post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by ladat
Has anyone been to Big White Canada?
I would appreciate all coments or reviews
Thanks
Why you gotta bring race into this?
Canada isn't as white as you would think. There are many minorities living in Toronto, Vancouver and the other major metro areas.
post #9 of 18

Big Whitw Vs. Silver Star

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Originally Posted by jackwan1
Was there Dec. 2004, before Xmas. Very Good Resort, very reasonable accomodation with all condos ski in/out. Cannot complaint. There are two things you have to think about:

1, No supermarket in the village. The Grocery store is very expensive, about double the price from outside. We have to drive to the town to get groceries, very large Costco en-route.
2. Its for the intermeidate to the high intermediates, if you are an expert skier you will get bored quickly, cannot last one week. I droved around after two to three days, Apex and Silver Star are all good. I happened bum into some locals at Silver Star who took me around, had a great time.

Have a nice trip to the Super Natural Interior BC.
WOULD IT BE SAFE TO SAY THAT SILVER STAR IS A HARDER MOUNTAIN THAN BIG WHITE?
post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldefarms
WOULD IT BE SAFE TO SAY THAT SILVER STAR IS A HARDER MOUNTAIN THAN BIG WHITE?
They are about the same level. For me, three days each is about right.

However the driving is much easier for SS than BW. The access road to BW is much longer and with many 180 and 240 turns.
post #11 of 18
Silver Star is about 25 minutes from town. Big White is about 45mins-1hr

Both mountains have similar terrain, but Silver Star gets less snow and all of the advanced terrain is at the lowest elevations. Big White gets more snow, and the advanced terrain has the best snow. You might as well go to both mountains. THey are close and the passes are interchangable. (SS pass works at BW, and vice versa)
post #12 of 18

Big White vs Silver Star

WOULD IT BE SAFE TO SAY THAT SILVER STAR IS A HARDER MOUNTAIN THAN BIG WHITE?

I'd say absolutely yes. Both areas have a great deal of excellent low-to-high intermediate terrain, but Big White is very limited in terms of interesting steeps. The back side of Silver Star (Putnam Creek side, serviced by the Powder Gulch Express) is an absolute gem. The exposure is predominantly north facing, so the snow is well kept. There's a remarkable variety of faces, ravines, bumps, and trees. There is pretty good pitch most everywhere back there. And there is a minor traverse out and back to many runs. The combination of colder, steeper, slightly "inconvenient" terrain keeps the crowds out. No lie, we had 7 consecutive first tracks runs one weekday moring a few years back, just by peeling further and further out the very minor traverse.

I am a fairly agressive skier, and I'll take SS over BW any and every day...

And the very compact village has charm and character...words I'd not associate too quickly with the access road mess of BW.
post #13 of 18
Though if trees are your thing I would definately suggest BW.
post #14 of 18
I just returned from a week of skiing BW and I though it was fantastic. We had 2-3 days of snow and poor visibility (one of the days we got almost a foot and it was a blast) and the rest was bright sunshine. The village is nice enough, the restaurants are nice too, but not cheap.

I have no idea why anyone would say that BW is mostly for intermediates or upper intermediates. In the week I was there I saw plenty of difficult terrain and nobody on it. It is true that some of that terrain can only be skied if there is plenty of snow, good visibility and manageable winds.

Coming from the East (where I am used to places like Tremblant, Mont-Saint-Anne, Le Massif) BW was everything I expected. I think it is much more accurate to say that BW is a place where an intermediate can experience much of the mountain (unlike Fernie for example), than to say that experts have nothing challenging.
post #15 of 18

Fernie Vs. Kicking Horse

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Originally Posted by TomB
I just returned from a week of skiing BW and I though it was fantastic. We had 2-3 days of snow and poor visibility (one of the days we got almost a foot and it was a blast) and the rest was bright sunshine. The village is nice enough, the restaurants are nice too, but not cheap.

I have no idea why anyone would say that BW is mostly for intermediates or upper intermediates. In the week I was there I saw plenty of difficult terrain and nobody on it. It is true that some of that terrain can only be skied if there is plenty of snow, good visibility and manageable winds.

Coming from the East (where I am used to places like Tremblant, Mont-Saint-Anne, Le Massif) BW was everything I expected. I think it is much more accurate to say that BW is a place where an intermediate can experience much of the mountain (unlike Fernie for example), than to say that experts have nothing challenging.
HAS ANYONE SKIIED BOTH MOUNTAINS?
HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THEM WITH RESPECT TO TERRAIN AND DIFFICULTY?
post #16 of 18
Sorry oldefarms I have never skied Kicking Horse so I cannot compare. My understanding is that KH is not ideal for intermediates, but then neither is Fernie.
post #17 of 18
Deals at BW & SS from email:

At Big White and Silver Star it's big time spring time. Spring means longer days, tons of snow, tons of sunshine, tons of tans and tons of great deals. Stay with us and you can SKI FOR FREE.

Ski Free offer is valid based on double occupancy at select hotels, one and two bedroom condos, and is also valid based on quad occupancy in select three or four bedroom condominiums or select three bedroom vacation homes. Valid April 3-16, 2006. Valid through bookings made with Big White Central Reservations and Silver Star Holidays only. Some restrictions apply. New bookings only. Offer open to residents of Canada and Pacific Northwest only. 2 night minimum stay.

Big White and Silver Star consistently offer the best spring season conditions anywhere. In fact, with over 230cm base at Silver Star and over 300cm base at Big White fantastic spring skiing is guaranteed!

For more information on this and other great specials, please visit our websites www.bigwhite.com and www.skisilverstar.com and look under 'Vacation Specials'.

Please quote 'XM' when booking.

To book, or for further information:


Big White Central Reservations
1-800-663-2772
cenres@bigwhite.com Silver Star Holidays
1-800-663-4431
info@skisilverstar.com
post #18 of 18
Big white and silverstar are both pretty good... but Apex is the true gem in the okanagan valley. Its smaller than the other two but has way more extreme terrain, smaller lift lines, and it even hosted the world cup freestyle finals this year
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