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About Big White

Location:

56 km (35 miles) from Kelowna to Village Centre. East/southeast of Kelowna from Hwy 97 via Hwy 33 and Big White Road.
45 km (30 miles) from Kelowna to the Westridge base.
Airport Shuttle available from Kelowna Airport.
Winter Hours of Operation:

2014/2015 Season: Tentatively,November 29th, 2014 to April 12th, 2015 (Usually late November to mid-April)
Day Skiing: 8:45am – 3:30pm Daily
Night Skiing: 3:30pm – 8:00pm Tuesday to Saturday
*Night Skiing times vary at different times of the season
Annual Snowfall:

750 cm (24.5 ft) average
16 Lifts:

Lara’s Gondola – 600m (1,969 ft)
Top Elevation: 1,760m (5,781 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,671 (5,482 ft)

Snow Ghost Express – 1,868m (6,128 ft)
Top Elevation: 2,105m (6,906 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,655m (5,430 ft)

Bullet Express – 1,770m (5,807 ft)
Top Elevation: 2,151m (7,057 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,748m (5,735 ft)

Ridge Rocket Express- 1,814m (5,953 ft)
Top Elevation: 2,095m (6,873 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,654m (5,427 ft)

Gem Lake Express – 2,445m (8,020 ft)
Top Elevation: 2,222m (7,290 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,511m (4,957 ft)

Black Forest Express – 1,458m (4,785 ft)
Top Elevation: 2,037m (6,683 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,720m (5,643)

Powder Chair – 896m (2,940 ft)
Top Elevation: 2,150m (7,054 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,845m (6,053)

Plaza Chair – 592m (1,942 ft)
Top Elevation: 1,765m (5,790 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,660m (5,446 ft)

TELUS Park – 679m (2,227 ft)
Top Elevation: 1,995m (5,971 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,820m (6,627 ft)

Falcon Chair – 795m (2,609 ft)
Top Elevation: 2,250m (7,382 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,987m (6,519 ft)

Alpine T-bar – 1276m (4,188 ft)
Top Elevation: 2,285m (7,497 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 1,952m (6,404 ft)

The Cliff – 651m (2,135 ft)
Top Elevation: 2,260m (7,415 ft)
Bottom Elevation: 2020m (6,627 ft)

Beginner Magic Carpet – 137m (450 ft)

Children’s Magic Carpet – 20m (66 ft)

2 Tubing Lifts – 300m (984 ft)

 

Total Uphill Capacity:

28,000 skiers per hour
20 million Vertical Transport Feet (VTF) per hour

Terrain:

Resort Area: 7,355 acres (3,052 hectares)
Patrolled Area: 2,765 acres (1,147 hectares)
Groomed Area: 905 acres (367 hectares)
Alpine and Glades: 1,525 acres (618 hectares)
Western Canada’s Largest Resort Night Skiing Area: 38 acres (15 hectares)

Elevation:

Summit: 2,319m (7,606 ft)
Village Centre: 1,755m (5,757 ft)
Westridge Base: 1,508m (4,950 ft)

Runs:

118 Designated Trails
18% Beginner
54% Intermediate
22% Expert
6% Extreme
Longest Run: 7.2 km (4.5 miles) – Around the World Route – it runs from the top of the T-Bar to Bottom of Gem Lake
Total of 105km (65 miles) of marked runs

Vertical Drop:

777 m (2,550 ft)

TELUS Park:

Boarder/Skier-Cross course that can be tuned up to run regional, national, and World Cup events
Beginner/Intermediate and Intermediate/Advanced lanes combined with Rails and Jumps

Cross Country:

Big White offers 14 km (8 miles) of incredible Nordic trails groomed with state of the art grooming equipment for both skate and classic technique

Ski and Weather Conditions:

Online Mountain Forecast (average daytime temperature -5 Celsius)

Average Totals

*Big White usually closes mid April and doesn’t record snowfall past the closing date for that season.

2007-2012 Average Min Temp Average Max Temp Total Snowfall
December -10.5C (13.1F) -6.5C (20.3F) 132.0cm (52.0″)
January -9.0C (15.8F) -5.0C (23.0F) 117.5cm (46.2″)
February -8.5C (16.7F) -3.0C (26.6F) 109.0cm (42.9″)
March -8.5C (16.7F) -1.5C (29.9F) 133.5cm (52.9″)
April -4.0C (24.8F) -2.0C (28.4F) 40.0cm (15.7″)
Accommodation:

3 Village Hotels
25 Condo/Town Home Complexes
244 Vacation Homes and Luxury Cabins
1 Ski-in ski-out Youth Hostel

 

Retail:

Dizzy’s, home of North American’s finest bootfitters.  Located in the Village across from the Village Centre Mall.
Ski Dazzle Ski Shop is in The Village Centre Mall and carries a wide range of clothing, equipment and souvenirs.
The Village Rider located downstairs in the Village Centre Mall features an array of snowboards, snowboard paraphernalia and trendy styles.
Let it Snow gift shop situated on the lower level of the Village Centre Mall carries an eclectic array of knick-knacks.
Loose Moose Emporium, located in the village, has everything for kids 12 and under.

Restaurants and Bars:

Full array of facilities ranging from cafeterias to fine dining. A total of 19 restaurants, cafes and delis, which includes 8 lounges/bars.
Entertainment and nightlife includes regular après-ski with live bands in bars and pubs.

Ski and Board School:

Over 100 qualified instructors. Ski, Snowboard, Telemark; Private and Group Lessons. Special Improvement Camps; Kids Ski School voted #1 in Canada; Ladies Day, Seniors’ Ski Club; Recreational Race Camps; TELUS Park Flight School & Heavy Metal Shops.

Daycare:

Big White’s Tot Town Day Care is unique, exciting and filled with activities and adventures. Children are kept busy with a mixture of indoor play and (weather permitting) outdoor activities. The Tot Town Daycare is for children aged 18 months to 5 years.

Snow Hosts:

Complimentary mountain tours offered by our Snow Hosts. Snow Hosts meet daily in the Village at 10:30am.

Activities:

Ice Climbing Tower
Mega Snow Coaster Tube Park
Snowmobile Tours
Mini Z Children’s Snowmobiles
Ice Skating
Snowshoeing
Dog Sledding
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Cross Country Skiing
Spas: Elevation Village Spa & Beyond Wrapture Day Spa
Fireworks
Family Events, Carnival Nights