Big White, big fun When the weather turns to sum­mer a snows­port lover’s eyes turn to Canada

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TUCKED on the west side of Canada’s Rocky Moun­tains in the heart of the Bri­tish Columbia’s Okana­gan Val­ley lies Big White Ski Re­sort.

Known world­wide for its lo­cal cli­mate that pro­vides the much sought af­ter dry, light, cham­pagne pow­der, Big White of­fers the choice of 118 des­ig­nated runs across 3052ha of spec­tac­u­lar ter­rain.

With a daily ac­tion packed pro­gram filled with fam­ily friendly ac­tiv­i­ties, and the largest ski-in, ski-out ac­com­mo­da­tion in Canada, it’s no won­der that Big White has proudly col­lected international ac­co­lades for be­ing one of the world’s top fam­ily friendly ski des­ti­na­tions.

Big White ex­pe­ri­ences an im­pres­sive an­nual snow­fall of 750cm of light, fluffy cham­pagne pow­der that the re­gion is so fa­mous for, and a mod­er­ate base el­e­va­tion of 1755m that pro­vides mild aver­age daily tem­per­a­tures of -5°C/23°F.

Big White’s pro­gres­sive ter­rain of­fers 118 runs, 5 alpine bowls, the TELUS Park ter­rain park, 25km of Nordic trails, snow­mo­bil­ing trails and Canada’s big­gest tub­ing park.

The ter­rain also of­fers the haunt­ing, snow-en­crusted glades of the world-fa­mous ‘Snow Ghosts’ that span over 618ha and have been re­peat­edly recog­nised by Ski Canada for ‘Best Tree Ski­ing’ and ‘Best Glade Ski­ing’.

This year Big White was awarded ‘#1 ski re­sort in Canada for Best Fam­ily Re­sort, Best Groom­ing and Best Snow’, Ski Canada Mag­a­zine.

Since its early be­gin­nings, it’s al­ways been about fam­ily fun and cre­at­ing last­ing mem­o­ries at Big White.

The re­sort’s Ski and Snow­board School of­fers pro­gres­sive group and in­di­vid­ual lessons to adults and chil­dren of all abil­i­ties.

The ‘Fam­ily/Se­niors Zones’ pro­gram pro­vides des­ig­nated gated zones that tar­get fam­i­lies and se­niors look­ing to ex­plore the moun­tain on in­ter­me­di­ate runs - just at a slower pace.

Off the slopes, Big White of­fers a wide ar­ray of win­ter-fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing snow­shoe­ing, cross coun­try ski­ing, tub­ing, ice wall climb­ing, ice-skat­ing and Kids Cen­tre.

There is also no shortage of places to re­lax and re­plen­ish at the end of the day, with a choice of over 17 on-moun­tain restau­rants, cafes and delis of­fer­ing a quick bite to eat or a fine din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to cater for ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

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