BIG SNOW AT BIG WHITE
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.