Big White Ski Resort

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Skiing In The Mountains
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A Review of Big White Ski Resort

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Skiing has always been a part of our family's winter lifestyle. Being from the North, winter is around for a large part of the year. Finding activities to enjoy during this time of year means the difference between leading a healthy, active lifestyle and being sedentary. Although we do enjoy our local ski hill, we have longed for a broader ski experience and chose to travel to one of the most popular ski resorts in North America - Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia.

If you are not familiar with this region of the world, just take one look at the amazing scenery and imagine yourself skiing through the powder of the Okanagan Valley and you will know why this area is very highly rated among skiers and snowboarders alike. We flew Westjet airlines from Ontario and arrived in Vancouver. From there, we got a connecting flight to Kelowna. For us, this trip totalled 6 hours of flight time. There is a shuttle bus that will get you to the resort from the airport. This shuttle is pricey but there aren't any real alternatives.

Besides the amazing snow and mountain views, we love Big White for many other reasons; it is the only Canadian resort where you can ski right to the door of your chalet. This is a big plus for getting on the hill without lugging gear around - you can literally step onto the hill and start your day of skiing. Another huge advantage to Big White is that there is little to no wait time for getting on the lifts. We went at the beginning of March and this may change depending on when you go but the fact that they have 16 lifts capable of moving 28,000 skiiers per hour helps.

As a family of 6 with skiers and snowboarders we explored almost all 118 trails over our week-long stay. The kids also loved Telus Park where they could try out the jumps, rails, and cross-courses. If you prefer to put your kiddies in lessons, these are available as well. We did take advantage of this on a previous trip and enrolled our kids which they really enjoyed.

Beyond skiing and snowboarding, you can try out the other activities at the resort. We usually leave one day during the week that is 'ski-free' where we go to the Tube Park, Ice Climbing Tower, Ice Rink, and retail shops. We laced up the kids and they skated around with sticks and a puck which cost $70, and $5 more if you lose the puck. I thought that was a bit expensive but fun nonetheless.

There are a range of restaurants and cafeteria-style places to eat which is great for grabbing a quick lunch or snack and getting back on the hill. Event nights, such as Trivia Night, are fun as well but I would recommend getting a reservation or you probably will not get in. Fireworks displays at night are fun to watch and are always a hit.

I would definitely recommend this family friendly ski resort to those looking for amazing ski runs and conditions. Big White Ski Resort has been a great skiing and snowboarding experience for our family and we will be going back.

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BIg White Ski Resort
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