Big White Ski Resort

7.5m of dry, British Columbian powder drop of Big White’s glades and tree runs each winter – making this one of Canada’s top resorts for off trail skiing.

Unlike some of BC’s other resorts, the terrain at Big White is slightly more mellow than the likes of Whistler and Revelstoke, so this is an ideal place to come to learn to ski powder. The off piste offers some great progression, starting with the gentle glades above the Village Centre and ending with the steeper tree runs served by the Gem Lake Express. It is also one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in North America, with true ski-in-ski-out convenience, and is ideally located to be part of a two-centre trip with nearby Silver Star.

Our Big White Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

One of the best places to learn to ski powder

Very convenient resort base that is very family friendly

Excellent tree skiing and glade skiing

Cons

Visibility can be poor on the upper mountain

Ski area may be limited for advanced and expert skiers

Long drive from Vancouver or two flights to Kelowna

Big White Skiing and Snowboarding

Much of the groomed terrain on the hill is ideally suited to beginners and early intermediate skiers, with all major lifts having at least one top-to-bottom green run. In fact, the entire mountain’s vertical can be skied on greens. More confident skiers and boarders will enjoy the steep runs off the Snow Ghost Express and the long blues and if groomed, the blacks, down to Gem Lake.

Outside of the piste markers, Big White really is one of the best places to learn to ski powder. The mellow terrain, plentiful snowfall and huge selection of gladed skiing make the resort an ideal place to start exploring the deeper stuff and progress steadily on to steeper terrain. Once you’ve mastered the basics, the steeper runs served by the Powder Chair and the Cliff Chair offer sterner challenges – but are nowhere near as tough as at resorts such as Whistler or Revelstoke.

  • Total Pistes: 2765 acres
  • Beginner: 18%
  • Intermediate: 54%
  • Advanced: 22%
  • Expert: 6%
  • Lifts: 15
  • Altitude: 1508m – 2319m

Big White Piste Map

The local area piste map can be downloaded here.

Big White Resort

The hub of Big White is its village centre, which also forms part of a green piste run, meaning it's not only ski to door, but is also ski to après, the supermarket and the rental shop – there is true convenience at this resort. Alternative accommodation is available down at Happy Valley Lodge, which is linked to the main village by a gondola, or in the condo blocks at Snow Pine Estates.

There is a good deal to do away from the slopes at Big White, including 14km of cross country trails that are groomed daily, as well as a network of marked snowshoeing paths. The resort is also home to a tubing hill and an ice rink.

How to get to Big White

The small airport at Kelowna is only an hour away from Big White, connect through to here via Calgary or Vancouver. The latter is also around four and a half hours away – make sure you stop at Whistler if you fly into here.

  • Kelowna airport: 1 hour
  • Vancouver airport: 4.5 hours

Big White Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Ski To Door
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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