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Reviews for Big White
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58 Total Reviews:
5 Star Reviews (22)
4 Star Reviews (14)
3 Star Reviews (14)
2 Star Reviews (3)
1 Star Reviews (5)
I’ve skied several ski hills over the past 40years including Whistler, Norquay, Sunpeaks, Silver Star, Lake Louise, Sunshine, Marmot, Apex, Whitewater, Panorama, Fernie, Kimberley, and Revelstoke. Big white is now my hometown hill and it never lets you down. Great snow, great slack country, awesome glades, and not too busy. It has some of the best ski in/out accommodations of any hill I’ve been to. This is a great place for beginners and advanced skiers but experts mainly have the cliff chair to hit double blacks. Xc ski trails are great if you like skate skiing as well. ... Full Review
I can't complain about the snowboarding conditions... They're excellent. Best snow ever. The lifties are great too.
My issue is with some of the lodge staff... I order the same thing from the clock tower cafe every time I go up(2 lattes, one big cookie) and supposedly season pass holders get a discount upon presentation. For the past 4 weeks the cafe has charged me 3 different prices for the same order... The cheapest price being when I forgot to present my season's pass! It makes no sense. I called them on it twice, and both times they told me the other cashier must have screwed up. So by that logic, every one of them screws the same thing up.... Do they think I'm an idiot?
Good thing the mountain is good enough to offset the rating, because although that cafe has the best coffee in Kelowna, the staff definitely doesn't know how to work a cash register consistently.
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Poorly designed village means you are walking on ski runs to get to accommodations, skiers and boarders screaming by as you stumble up a ski run. Have they heard of covered walkways or sidewalks? The restaurants are adequate but not impressive. Visibility ie FOG is an issue. Don't dare venture down to the gem lake side of the mountain later in the day or you may be left with no way back to the village once the lift closes. Big White will shut the lift at the end of the day and there is no access back to the village. My children had to hitch hike back to the village - they are are 10 and 12! The skiing is very tame with the only steep terrain accessed by a 50 year old fixed grip chair that runs at a glacial pace - The Cliff Chair. Don't believe the Hype, Big Hype... go to Red Mountain, Revelstoke if you want steep terrain on a real mountain. If you must ski in the Okanagan, go to Silver Star. ... Full Review
Great mountain for all levels, best for family’s with any age of children. Ski schools are the best in the world. Need at least a week better if you have two. Could not ski or snowboard the entire terrain in that time, it will only make you want to come back for more.... Full Review
my favorite mountian. always spacious and no lift lines... Full Review
This a very good resort for beginners and intermediate skiers/boarders with generally lovely powdery snow. Lots of ski-in-out makes it easy to get onto the slopes and home again. It is also not so busy most of the time and lift lines are generally short. The on-slope village is quite small and so not rowdy (except for Australia Day - Hooray!!!). It is also super family friendly - nice!. Being an older intermediate skier I love it here and this coming year will be my 4th in a row - Love it!... Full Review
Great skiing, great snow. Big White has alot to offer every type of skier. Love this place and will be back.... Full Review