First Annual Ice Climbing Series

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Ice climbing is typically considered an extreme and niche sport, left to those brave few willing to venture into the back-country in search of a frozen waterfall suitable for climbing. However, guests at Big White are able to swap skis for crampons within minutes since the opening of their man-made ice tower in 2010.  In response to growing enthusiasm, Big White will launch an “Ice Climbing Series” this winter. Three winter clinics, led by Canadian ice climbing experts, will culminate in a thrilling Ice Climbing competition. From beginner to expert, Big White is the only ski resort in North America offering this unique experience for all to enjoy. They are also offering 10% off accommodation to course participants and a lift & lodging special from $81 per person, per day.

Win a Season Pass with 'Mini Loose Moose'!

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I’m on the move! Loose Moose here again! How is your summer now the sun is back? I’m having a great time but boy have I been busy these last few months! Attending events all over town and the world this summer and I want to join your summer adventures! I’m a bit busy do be there in person so I asked the team to hand out mini-me’s!

Ice Sculpture Bear

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What’s your favorite chairlift at Big White? Mine tends to vary from day to day depending on whom I’m skiing with. While you can’t beat Gem Lake for its length and the great ride down, if you’re skiing with a big group, it’s fun when you can get all six onto the Snow Ghost six-pack to ride up together.This week, however, I have a new favorite lift, thanks to the wonderful ice sculpture work at the top of the Plaza Chair!This sweet little bear with a very big heart was there to greet us when we got to the top of the Plaza Chair on the weekend. Skiing with some friends who didn’t have seasons passes, we skied down from the condo and then rode up the Plaza so they could get their tickets. That’s when we saw this amazing little bear!Watch for him if you find yourself riding the Plaza chair. I just hope he hasn’t melted in all that sunshine!

Beyond the Snow - Groomers

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Candle Creek Dog Sledding Expands its Operations and Leads the Way towards the Ethical Treatment of Sled Dogs

dog_sledding-1145.jpgDue to popular demand, Candle Creek Dog sledding will be adding an additional daily trip to their schedule for the 2012/2013 season. A family-run operation, Tim and his wife Kerry will be offering a total of 6 trips into Big White's stunning backcountry. With only one sled per tour, Candle Creek ensures an intimate, hands-on experience for guests to experience the sport as well as spend quality time with the dogs.A leader in the industry, Candle Creek helped write the legislation for the new BC Sled Dog Code of Practice that ensures proper treatment of the dogs. The code will be in full compliance at Candle Creek well before operations next season. In addition, Candle Creek spearheaded the formation of the Professional Mushers Association of BC, a society formed of commercial dogsled operators interested in improving the perception of dog sledding in general through proper care and public education.For more information and bookings visit the Big White Activities Desk or phone 250.491.6111 or e-mail at activities@bigwhite.com

48 Minutes to Powder

48_minutes_3.jpegThat’s how long it takes to get in my car from Kelowna and drive out to where the snow just keeps falling, giving us more and more powder to play in. Even on a bad day, I can leave my house and be geared up and riding the Gem Chair in under an hour, and with so many people holding out for bluebird days, there are no line-ups!Hard to believe there are only a few weeks left of the season – why does it always go by so fast?So, if you’re sick of the rain and gray skies in Kelowna, remember, the precipitation is falling in form of champagne powder on the hill. You’ve got all summer to golf and garden, time for a few last good turns before the season ends!There are some great deals going on right now as well with tickets and accommodations and fun stuff going on in the Village Centre and Happy Valley, with  Wine Lovers event at the Globe tonight and an Evening with a Winemaker at Kettle Valley Steakhouse on Friday night. 48 Minutes = Powder.... hmmmm, how fast can you pack the car...

Glenna Turnbull

Climbing the Walls at Big White

Kids-Climbing-Wall-Blog.jpgAre your kids still bursting with energy after a day of playing in the powder? Are they climbing the walls in your condo or, worse, do you feel like you're climbing the walls trying to deal with their excess energy? You might want to check out the Big White Kids Centre where they really can climb the walls!Every Friday 5pm - 8pm, kids are invited to get harnessed up and come climb at the climbing wall inside the Kids Centre, eat pizza and then watch a movie – all for just $20. Before heading up the wall, safety mats are put into place and all climbers must be harnessed and belayed for complete safety. The climbing wall itself is 10 feet high and while there are no set or marked routes, there is an easier and more difficult side to choose from. Parents wanting to sign their kids up need to stop by the Kids Centre before 3pm on Friday to sign them up. Then, they can make their own reservation for a nice relaxing dinner at one of the restaurants on the hill.It’s a win-win situation and best of all, won’t have you climbing the walls – just your kids!

Big White Snow Hosts

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We had some friends arrive from out of town who’d never skied Big White before, and with the glorious powder that was falling, one of them, who shall remain nameless, decided he couldn’t wait for the rest of us to get going and off he went. Did he ask for a map? Did he have a clue where he was going? Thinking he could do the ski-in and ski-out from the door thing on his own, off he went. Thankfully he met up with one of the Snow Hosts, who are greeting people and handing out maps at the tops of the Ridge Rocket, Bullet Express and at the top and bottom of the gondola every day between 9 and 10am each day. But having a map isn’t the same as having someone who knows the hill show you around. It can take a bit of time to figure out where the runs that are best suited for your style are.That’s where the Big White Snow Host program comes in to play. If you’re one of those map-challenged people and would like to really learn the mountain and where all the fresh powder is hidden, then you’re welcome to join one of the free Snow Host mountain tours that leave from the Village Centre every morning at 10:30am.Carlan and Lin Silha are two members of the Snow Hosts team who have been doing this for more than a decade. “I love meeting all the international people,” said Carlan, noting that they still correspond with people they’ve met all over the world. “We absolutely love this mountain,” said Lin, “and so volunteering as Snow Hosts is a true labor of love.”One of their favorite things to do is take people off the runs to explore the powder in the trees. “In Europe, you can’t ski in the trees and have to ski on the runs, so for our European guests, they’re thrilled to ski through the Enchanted Forest,” said Carlan.Guests are divided into groups according to ability or families who want to stick together can usually do so with their own Snow Host, so we recommend you arrive at least 5 to 10 minutes ahead of time.It’s also a great option for those who already know the mountain but would love some company.  You never know, you just might discover somewhere new to play!

Big White Kids Colouring Contest

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Let your creativity run wild and join in the fun with the Big White Colouring Contest. While it’s true, you have to be a kid to win prizes, there’s nothing stopping you from joining your kids at the colouring table and having some fun too – just make sure you share the red crayon!

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