- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 2
Pros: Great terrain, trees galore and beautiful powder
Cons: We are wishing for a charter company to fly into Kelowna direct from the UK
Recommended For: Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Dec 1, 2012
We stayed for 2 weeks over Christmas. With the village quite high (1750m) and and Big White's snow record we knew we would be OK for snow so early in the season, and we were not disappointed. We are good intermediates and loved the harder blues and un-bashed blacks but we were there to improve our off piste powder skills and tree skiing. Virtually the whole mountain is open to skiing and the opportunity to cut your own route through the trees and powder is unlimited and so much fun. We simply could to get enough of it and spent every day smiling from ear to ear! We were here without our family so had little interest in the night life, except we enjoyed the variety of restaurants and could see that there was lots to do should you come as a family. Happy Valley with it's ice wall, skating rink etc is all set up to give the kids a good time. Temperatures were a steady -7 to -9, perfect for keeping the snow in top condition and we must have had over 2 feet of snow during our stay, proving lots of untracked powder to pay in. The only downside, that sadly comes with good snow and lots of it, is the almost constant cloud and mist. In 2 weeks we only had 3 blue bird days, but you know what we did not come for a suntan, but to improve our skiing and boy did we do that!
I think that it is a nice touch that off the top of every chair there is a green run, which makes the mountain accessible to everyone and which can also be a great escape route if the weather really closes in and you can not see your feet! Compared to Europe it is so quiet on the slopes and therefore much less dangerous, and don't be fooled as some of the Canadians' blue runs are the equivalent of Europes hardest Reds, and some they do not bash just to make life a little more challenging.
Perhaps I should also mention the local guiding. Every day local volunteers meet new visitors in the village centre, split people by ability and take you for a tour of the mountain. It is a great fast track way of meeting people and getting the map of the place in your head. Brilliant - Europe would do well to do the same.
Would we come again? Absolutely, in fact we loved the experience so much that we are looking to buy something in Big white and make it an annual pilgrimage!