BIG SNOW AT BIG WHITE

Alpine News - - Overseas -

CANA­DIAN win­ters are all about snow, es­pe­cially at Bri­tish Columbia’s Big White Ski Re­sort. The re­sort is lo­cated 58 kilo­me­tres out­side of Kelowna, which is lo­cated within the in­te­rior of Bri­tish Columbia.

Re­cently awarded a 2015 Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence from the travel site TripAd­vi­sor, Big White is a favourite among snow trav­ellers the world over.

Win­ners of the pres­ti­gious award are se­lected based on the qual­ity, quan­tity and re­cency of re­views posted to the site over the previous year.

If you are con­sid­er­ing a trip to Canada, here are a few top rea­sons why you should con­sider Big White for your win­ter won­der­land hol­i­day of a life­time.

It’s the SNOW: With an av­er­age of 7.5 me­tres of Mother Na­ture’s finest, feather light, cham­pagne pow­der fall­ing an­nu­ally, a truly spec­tac­u­lar world of snow ghosts, snow bowls, and moun­tain beauty is cre­ated.

Big White boasts Canada’s largest ski in/out re­sort: With ex­cep­tion­ally af­ford­able prices and over 17,000 on moun­tain beds, Big White has a huge va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion to suit ev­ery bud­get and the best thing of all, is that it’s all ski in, ski out.

Big White is closer than you think: From Aus­tralia, it’s an easy flight to Van­cou­ver and then a 45 minute jet ser­vice trans­fer to Kelowna in the snow laden Okana­gan Val­ley.

From the Kelowna air­port there are fre­quent shut­tles that will whisk guests up to where the ac­tion is.

Flights to Van­cou­ver don’t come any eas­ier than those of­fered by both Air Canada and Qan­tas who are now fly­ing non stop from Syd­ney.

Win­ter won­der­land hol­i­day: Big White boasts over 118 runs, five pow­der bowls, 14 ex­press chairs, and a gon­dola.

For the fam­ily, the re­sort fea­tures a world class ‘TELUS’ ter­rain park, Canada’s high­est el­e­va­tion skat­ing rink, snow coaster adventure park, alpine night ski­ing, dogsled­ding, snow­mo­bil­ing and an ice climb­ing tower.

Added to this is also a good num­ber of slope side restau­rants.

Epic win­ter weather and el­e­va­tion: Big White has a base el­e­va­tion of 1755m, an av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of -5 C and views that are lit­er­ally breath­tak­ing.

The mod­er­ate mean tem­per­ate cre­ates the ‘per­fect storm’ for moun­tains to whip up their fa­mous Okana­gan cham­pagne pow­der.

BY ARIO LON ITANO

THE DOLOMITE Moun­tains of north­ern Italy has emerged as a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for many Aus­tralian skiers in search of new hori­zons.

This spec­tac­u­larly beau­ti­ful re­gion of­fers the largest lift-served ski­ing in the world, with an enor­mous and mod­ern net­work of 450 ski lifts, 50 ski ar­eas, 45 re­sorts and to make things easy, all of this is avail­able on one lift pass, the Dolomiti Su­per­ski Pass’.

Some of the bet­ter­known re­sorts in the re­gion in­clude Cortina, Cor­vara, Val Gar­dena, Arabba plus Campitello and Canazei in the Fassa Val­ley.

Syd­ney based Dolomites Ski Tours (DST) has been con­duct­ing ski hol­i­days to the Dolomites for 30 years and the com­pany en­joys a loyal fol­low­ing of skiers who re­turn year af­ter year, af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the beauty of the Dolomites re­gion.

DST of­fers in­de­pen­dent or guided ski hol­i­day pack­ages and they also of­fer the ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity of an overnight ski sa­fari through­out the vast Dolomites alpine re­gion.

One of the most pop­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties within the Dolomites is the fa­mous Sella Ronda route, where skiers tackle any­thing be­tween 45 to 75km in a day, with­out catch­ing the same lift twice. Best of all, this ex­pe­ri­ence is open to any strong in­ter­me­di­ate skier and up.

Ac­cord­ing to Dolomites Ski Tours, Italy’s blend of moun­tains, snow, cul­ture, shop­ping and ir­re­sistible food makes the Dolomites ex­pe­ri­ence an un­for­get­table one.

Get­ting to the Dolomites has never been so easy, with a Qan­tas/Emi­rates flight to Venice, and from here a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from DST is on hand to meet their client/s and pro­vide them with a di­rect trans­fer to the Dolomites.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.dolomitess­ki­tours.com.au.

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