Big White beckons for Masters’ Weeks in 2017
MASTERS’ Weeks at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC have exploded in popularity. So much so that additional dates have been added for the upcoming winter season. Writer Yvette Cardozo visited Canada’s Big White and discovered that it is the ideal playground for all ages and abilities including Masters’ skiers. Here’s what she had to say; Big White. How perfect. The resort is intermediate/advanced and also a beginner’s heaven. Yes, it’s called Big White for a reason, but somehow, the way the runs flow make sense and easy to grasp in just a day or two.
Beyond all that snow, Big White is families skiing together, it’s locals coming up for one-day clinics and semi-permanent residents living in lodges, gathering in the common rooms for impromptu jam sessions or trekking downhill to Happy Valley for bingo night. It’s family barbecue nights and a dozen non-ski options ranging from an ice climbing tower to ice skating, sleigh rides and snowmobiling.
Some 20 years ago when I visited Big White there were just a couple of hotels down the road. Now there are 17,000 pillows, every one of them accessible on skis. Big White is, today, Canada’s largest fully ski in/ ski out resort.
And on to the skiing. First up I joined Masters’ Mondays, a program at Big White set up for folks over 50. How nice to ski with people who understand ageing joints. I spent the morning in a class learning to ‘keep my ta-tas’ over my knees and thanks to that centreing of my balance, was able to go on to steeper and deeper terrain.
Masters Ski Week has been a highlight of the Big White calendar for several years, so popular in fact that there will be two weeks in 2017, from January 30 to February 3 and February 27 to March 3. They like to welcome Masters’ skiers from all over the world, including Australia. The event is highly social and designed for passionate skiers over the age of 50.
Director of Snow Sports Josh Foster says it’s a fantastic week particularly for visiting Masters’ skiers and boarders to meet other like-minded snow enthusiasts in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
As well as the competition, which is all about friendly rivalry, there is wine tasting, apres high tea, sleigh rides and seminars. There’s also a Masters’ ski camp in the lead-up, providing group lessons for people to hone their skills.
The ski season at Big White runs late November to mid April and the resort has daily shuttles from the Kelowna airport. The mountain is above all a family friendly resort, featuring 118 runs and 16 lifts spread across five bowls, just under 2800 skiable acres and a vertical drop of 2550 feet. Big White. How perfect! Details for booking your Masters’ Week vacation can be found here http://www. bigwhite.com.
STEEP AND DEEP: The largest ski resort in Canada, Big White has plenty of skiable lines for all levels. MASTERS: Big White is welcoming masters skiers in 2017.