'It's the snow' says the Big White slogan - and as slogans go, it's spot on. The resort sees an average of more than 7.5m of dry powder snow each season. If you're looking to begin to venture off piste, and want to learn in great snow without needing the steep terrain of other BC resorts, Big White is the one for you.

Big White a purpose built, offering the third largest resort, second largest ski area and offers the largest number of ski in ski out beds in British Columbia, it's well set up to provide amazing access to the varied terrain and gladed tree skiing. The hub of Big White is its village centre, which also forms part of a piste run, meaning it's not only ski to door, but also to apres, supermarket and rental shop - true convenience. Once the skiing has ended (and this doesnt have to happen until late, thanks to extensive night skiing options) there are plenty of off snow activities, including snowshoeing, tubing, skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides and Nordic skiing. All this, along with an award winning kids centre comes together to make Big White a perfect resort for families.  Consider combining it with another BC resort such as Silver Star or Whistler for variety.


Great for learning to ski powder

Slopes quiet except at weekends

Convenient, purpose-built village with high-quality condos and a traffic-free centre; good for families

Lots of non-skiing snow-based activities at Happy Valley


Visibility can be poor, especially on the upper mountain, because of snow, cloud or freezing fog

Ski area modest by Alpine standards

Limited après-ski (but getting a bit livelier)

Getting there

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

Good For

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

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