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Big White, what can I expect?

post #1 of 12
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I am planning my first ski trip to Big White at the end of January.
What can I expect? I’ve read a lot about resort, facilities and ski terrain but it is hard to find more details about weather (except average temperature and snowfall).
We are taking our son with us (he is 5) and we don’t want him to freeze.
Some people also mentioned fog. How bad it could be?

Can you share some first hand experiences?

Thank you,

post #2 of 12
Alex, we've been to Big White twice, but in March - first year, we got a lot of fog, other year, mainly blue skies. Hard to predict. On foggy days, just stay lower on the mountain and/or ski the Black Forest area. Stay away from Gem Lake if it's really windy - that chair often closes anyway - our son nearly got blown off at the top.
We loved Big White - great family place, nice village and convenient ski-in,out accommodations. Kids ski school has excellent reputation. Have fun.
post #3 of 12
always a crap shoot in the mountains, overall can be foggy, but you have tree options, shouldn't be too cold. nice familly place, with ski school, on hill, etc
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Big White

Alex077, the No Idaho weatherman is predicting a very snowy January. Right now we are looking at snow starting Thankgiving and continuing for about 1 week. Goggle national weather station for pacific northwest and you can follow the storms. Goggle up Big White, Red Mt. and check their snow depth and webcams. Feel free to private message me anytime, I keep a real close watch on the snow as Ski BC a lot this year.

Welcome to Epic. There are several Bears in the Nelson area who also can help you out, jhcooley for one.
post #5 of 12
Originally Posted by alex077 View Post
Some people also mentioned fog. How bad it could be?
Big White is a nice, mid-size resort. It's a bit out of the way, but it's possible to fly into Kelowna and drive up to the area without much difficulty.

Regarding fog, the area has a couple of well deserved nicknames; take your pick of "Big White Out" or "Big Fog". If you don't get hit with it, you'll enjoy the trip, but be prepared to possibly ski in conditions that make a seeing eye dog a prerequisite.
post #6 of 12
As said by mtnlion, there are lots of runs flanked by trees or gladed (in the trees) lower down. You will want to avoid the high alpine in fog obviously. Good family facilities, especially if you stay onslope, I think it will be enjoyable for your entire family.

Temperature could be anything really, you can only hope for the average. Bring appropriate clothes and take lots of breaks with your young one.
post #7 of 12
Staying lower down can sometimes be the worst option - they have an 'inversion layer' cloud effect - not the technical term I'm sure - where it's foggy in the lower areas, but clear right up the top. Other days, it's a complete whiteout from top to bottom. I've never seen a sunny day in Big White, I'm sure it happens, I've just never seen it.

I'm guessing January would probably be the worst month for fog/cold as well. It does get seriously cold, and I don't know whether because of the fog, it seems to me a very damp, invasive kind of cold too.

The good news is their kids ski school is very highly regarded, they will know how to make sure a 5 year old has the best possible time in all weather conditions.
post #8 of 12

for Alex:

fog can be associated with the temp., or the way the skies prevail.sun being more active on the snowpack type of thing, just my read on some weather theories
I did find some protection by skiing the black forest referred to previously.
I had some at sun peaks and ascended thru clouds to paradise area at red , these were not consecutive days although it probably was march or late feb. the January time you manged to book might be more accumulating snow which I prefer to think of as a blessing.
It is a good size place but not too hard to navigate, and the 5 year old will be mighty appreciative of this and really won't be as concerned with much at all. enjoy and tell us your current views from what you get. post. v.varmit I'm biased and tend to leavea mountain forgetting anything tht I chose to omit, but did enjoy it as well as dining in town, casino was a skip though.
The lakes that start down by penticton and create a chain of them north beyond kelowna and vernon probably have some effect to the weather patterns to some degree too. Altitude isn't real high with good vertical #'s.
It's not too far to split your stay over to Silver Star( possible same owner or recipricocity), helicopter option is a definite frill (frill$'S) and I remember a little more kid oriented thing at Base, hard to describe. Great ambassadors there and I would recommend finding one for a tour anywhere actually if possible for a few hours. v.varmit
post #9 of 12
Silver Star has the same owner. Multi-day lift tickets are good at either resort and there is a shuttle bus for a day trip to SS one or two days a week. I don't know how long it would take a rental car to shuttle back and forth, but I'm keeping that in mind as an option when I go out in March for my first vist.
post #10 of 12
Big white is one of my favourite hills. I usually get in a week there every year.

Have a look at this thread, it may be of some use to you.: http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=37939
post #11 of 12
We skied Big White late Jan 2005, and had a great time. Really nice family resort. The fog didn't really bother us.

We doubled it up with Silver Star, which has been expanded since then, and stayed at the Putnam, which was very "quirky" with a great wine
cellar below, and served superb tapas.

It was a great holiday, coming from England most European resorts are overrun by Brits, but most don't seem to have heard of the smaller places in the U.S / Canada (or maybe don,t bother to try them).

post #12 of 12
Big White is an excellent family area. You can expect overcast and/or fog but not that much ski terrain is above tree line. The Okanagan Valley is considered Canada's "banana belt" and average ski area temperatures are much warmer than the Banff resorts and probably no colder than Colorado.
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