Situated in central British Columbia, Big White is only 56kms, or an hour transfer away from Kelowna Airport. Big White was designed to be the perfect family-style ski resort and has an incredible range of family-friendly activities available; the resort also hosts specialised family events during winter. The mid-mountain village offers true ski in ski out access and Big White boasts the most ski in, ski out accommodation in Canada.
Affectionally referred to as “Biggie”, the resort lives up to its name with almost 3,000 hectares of skiable terrain to explore. The dry Okanagan weather allows for light, dry snowfall, of which Big White receives roughly 7.5m of annually.
Big White Accommodation Overview:
Big White offers a range of hotel or lodge rooms, and self-contained condos and townhouses, with standards ranging from comfortable budget accommodation to luxury ski resort. Best of all, all accommodation is ski in ski out! The ski resort was purposefully situated mid mountain, so guests can ski out in the mornings, and ski right back into their door after hitting the slopes. Skiers and snowboards who haven’t experienced this will love the convince of rolling right onto the ski field. br/>
Big White Mountain Information:
Big White has 2,765 acres of skiable terrain making it suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Famous for their ski school facilities, Big White is a wonderful place to learn to ski or snowboard, no matter your age! Literally hundreds of qualified ski instructors base themselves on the mountain each year, so the quality and standard of lessons is very high. Across its 16 lifts, Big White has the capacity to lift over 28,000 skiers per hour, far more than can sleep in the village, so you can get used to having plenty of space to yourself on the slopes! Big White is also a popular mountain for cross country skiing, so if you haven’t tried it, this is a great place to experience your first time.
One of the great things about Big White is the selection of off-snow action to be enjoyed. Due to the variety of activities, people travelling can enjoy their ideal snow holiday whether they want ski every day or only spend a few days on the slopes.
Getting Around Big White:
All the accommodation, dining, activities and nightlife on offer in Big White are in easy (snow covered) walk away. The resort is perfect for the ‘flop and ride’ style winter escape, you arrive and don’t have to get in another car or bus until you leave. No waiting for mountain transfers or struggling with snow chains required!
Things to do in Big White:
Big White offers on mountain activities for the entire family! When you’re not riding the lifts and hitting the mountain, round out your Canadian winter experience with snowshoeing, tubing, fat biking, snowmobiling and ice skating, which are all available from the village. Incredibly, access to the Big White ice rink is free, just rent your skates and hockey gear from the lodge and hit the ice!
There are also some more unique activities which are not available at every ski resort, try Dog sledding and Horse drawn sleigh rides. Big White’s unique ice climbing tower is another must-do, with no experience necessary all fitness levels and ages can try the beginner to advanced climbs. Boots, crampons and ice tools are provided in the price.
If you’re lucky enough that your time in Big White coincides with a Kelowna Rockets Ice Hockey home game, tickets and transfers can be booked for a loud and action-packed night to remember.
Best Après in Big White:
Apres-ski is an important part of any snow holiday, Big White is home to a few awesome spots to wind down, or up after a day skiing. Start your après enjoying the afternoon sun at The Woods, this European style chalet is in the middle of the village with excellent food, drinks and warm fire pits.
An institution, Snowshoe Sam’s is a great place to kick off the après drinks, then enjoy a meal, bands and DJs into the night.
Sessions is the favourite party place on the mountain, with live music, DJs, parties and events scheduled throughout each season. No matter the theme, you’re bound to have a fun night at Sessions.
Best Restaurants in Big White:
Big White village is small compared to some other Canadian ski villages, but there is no shortage of excellent dining options in this quaint ski town. Let start with 6 Degrees Bistro, a fireside fine dining with a wine list sourced entirely from the local Okanagan wine region. Anyone who is looking for an upscale dinner experience will love this spot.
Meat-eaters with enjoy Black Diamond Bar and Grill, a steak and seafood restaurant located in the heart of the village. Fill up on a delicious meal by the fireplace, and but leave room for the apple pie! Another Canadian style steakhouse is Gunbarrel Grill, get a hearty meal, accompanied by a famous Gunbarrel Coffee
For lighter more casual dining we love Globe Café and Tapas Bar, they offer a delicious sharing style menu, including s’mores! For gastro pub style food and craft beer visit the Bullwheel or Blarney Stone. Or stop into Underground Pizza, take a pizza back to your condo and take a night off!