Big White Snow Hosts
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
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!
Big White's Minute to Win It
Have you ever watched your brother stick a Skittle up his nose? That was the memory I thought of as I watched contestants in Big White’s Minute to Win It contest try and suck up Skittles off the table through a straw to stack them during one of the crazy timed competitions.
Big White Christmas Schnapps
24 hours at Big White by Nick Coates
Nick Coates leaves us longing for winter at Big White with his experience last winter.
Tube Fast, Tube Furious
In a ski resort as big as Big White, there are a lot of jobs. From Administration to Housekeeping to Lift Operations and hundreds more, there are a lot of happy staff that contribute to the well-oiled machine that is Big White. And despite the plethora of great positions available, it’s quite easy for me to make the somewhat bold claim that I have the best job on the whole mountain. The reason why is simple - I work at Tube Town.
Cruz the Blues!
Last week kicked off our first Cruz the Blues of the 2010/2011 season. Over 1300 people participated in the event to get a shot at some great prizes including a Nintendo Wii! Our next Cruz the Blues begins on Saturday the 8th of January, so get a passport, hit the blue runs on the mountain, head down to happy valley on Sunday, and enter to win some amazing prizes!
The new ice climbing tower is ready for water and sub 0 temps! The ice climbing tower is located in the Happy Valley Adventure Center, behind the cabins near the Mini Z’s track. The tower is over 18 m tall (60′). The logs that make up the super structure were sustainably collected locally. The logs were ‘blow down’ in an area adjacent to a forest fire a couple of years ago. This tower looks really cool and I can’t wait to try it this winter.