THE BIG WHITE – CANADA’S FAVOURITE WINTER WONDERLAND
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Big White is ski-bunny heaven, with 118 runs (more than 70 per cent of which are beginner or intermediate) and almost 20 on-mountain restaurants, delis, pubs and nightclubs. Off the slopes, Happy Valley Adventure Park offers dog-sled tours and snowmobile trail rides. If you’ve ever thought of swapping the harsh Aussie summer for a white Christmas, the Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia offers convenience for families wanting once-in-a-lifetime memories. With crisp blue skies, average temperatures of -5°C and an annual snowfall of 7.5 metres, it’s one of the top ski resorts in the world.
At 8.45am, make your way to Ridge Rocket Express Quad, Big White’s main lift, to start an epic day of shredding the mountain. Break up sessions by refuelling at Sessions Taphouse, a slope-side restaurant that offers convenient ski-in-and-out access and an extensive list of craft beers.
Big White’s atmosphere is friendly and laid-back with a buzzing local culture. From early December, the village becomes a dazzling display of Christmas lights. Families can board the free gondola for a bird’s-eye view of the village before grabbing a famous burger at The Blarney Stone Irish Tavern.
The two-bedroom executive condo at comes with a private hot tub. From $1287* per person for seven nights and six days of lift tickets. For an après-ski cocktail at night, serves up creative concoctions in a chic, sit-down venue.
Thrillseekers of all ages can take to the for a high-speed ride. It’s $23 per adult and children
For a challenge, conquer the 18-metre high ice tower in , built out of telegraph poles and one metrethick ice. Pay $25 for one climb or $66 for a day pass.
Parents can enrol little ones in , which include door-todoor pick-up and drop-off. From $490 for a full day of lessons with up to three kids.
There’s nothing more Canadian than ice hockey. Head into
to catch the local Rockets in action. Cost is $46 per person for transport and ticket.