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THE BIG WHITE – CANADA’S FAVOURITE WIN­TER WONDERLAND

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents -

Chill out in Canada.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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