What's New & Hot at Big White for 2013/14

Snow-Kids9-blog.jpgKELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, July 23, 2013 – New investments, upgrades and improvements means that Big White Ski Resort is constantly raising the bar for guest experience. There are many changes to talk about this coming season including a new kids clothing and candy store, Nordic trail improvements and the cutting edge in wireless technology. On top of this the team at Big White have had snow on the brain and developed unique packages with families, wine lovers and powder hounds in mind.

Here’s what’s hot and new at this award-winning ski resort for 2013/14:

New Kids Boutique A Sweet TreatThe new “Loose Moose Emporium” is an extension of Big White’s world famous Kids Centre. Chock full of kids ski clothing, winter apparel and an international candy selection this store is a delight for kids and sweet lovers of all ages.Bringing in the RobotsBig White attracts many high-performance skiers and today’s advanced equipment demands an advanced way to keep it up to scratch. To cater to their exacting standards the resort has purchased a $300,000, state of the art, tuning machine. The Wintersteiger Mercury robotic tuner will maintain Big White’s rental fleet in order to give guests the very best in equipment rentals.Introducing the Luck of the IrishBringing the luck of the Irish to Big White, The Blarney Stone, will be opening at The Inn at Big White this winter season. This Irish tavern will be offering hearty Irish inspired food, fine craft ales, and of course that family friendly hospitality the Irish are known for.Upgrading: From the Trails to the TechAs interest in Nordic sports have increased Big White has spent $30,000 upgrading their beginner and intermediate cross country ski and snowshoe trails. To make it easy for visitors to capture experiences like this at the resort, and share it with friends and family, TELUS has invested $100,000 to bring the world’s most advanced and fastest wireless technology to Big White.

Big White Receives Prestigious Canadian Ski Patrol Award

blog-cpsp_award.jpgKelowna, BC – Big White Ski Resort's new President Peter Plimmer is pleased to accept the national award for Outstanding Contribution to the CSP from Colin Saravanamutto, CEO of the Canadian Ski Patrol. This award is given to an individual or organization to recognize an extraordinary contribution to the Canadian Ski Patrol System.

“It is very rare that a resort receives this award,” said Saravanamutto. “Big White is being credited for their joint marketing efforts with the Canadian Ski Patrol, especially the naming of the Ogopogo Zone as the Zone of the Year by the Canadian Ski Patrol,” Saravanamutto continued. Also pictured (left to right) Justin Lane (black shirt), President of the Okanagan Zone, Heather Moore (red shirt), Big White Ski Resort Patrol Center Manager, Tom Tull (red shirt), President of the Pacific South Division.

Big White Voted Best Area Ski Hill in 2013 Best of Kelowna Awards

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Wow, we are honored! We just received the news that we have been voted the Best Area Ski Hill in the Best of Welcome to Kelowna Awards. Thousands of people voted and we came out on top!

Gunbarrel Grill at Snowshow Sam's wins Certificate of Excellence

gunbarrel-tripadvisor-certificate.jpgTripAdvisor is delighted to recognize Gunbarrel Grill at Snowshoe Sam's with a 2013 Certificate of Excellence.

This prestigious award identifies the Gunbarrel Grill in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor!

Okanagan Trestles Tour

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We are excited to announce an exciting event taking place this summer that we are involved with – Okanagan Trestles Tour! July 14th ride the historic Kettle Valley Railway starting at the famous Myra Canyon. It is the 10th Anniversary of the Okanagan Mountain Fire and it’s time to celebrate the amazing trail and history.

The Okanagan Bucket List Unveiled at YLW

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What’s on Your Bucket List? The Okanagan Bucket List Unveiled at YLW

(KELOWNA, BC) – A new era of partnership in marketing and promotion of the Okanagan Region to visitors from around the world was officially launched today during a special ceremony at the Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

Sport Chek Canadian Snowboardcross Championships presented at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC, March 25 - 30

TP-ParaWorldCupDay1-1.jpgBIG WHITE, BRITISH-COLUMBIA (MARCH 25, 2013) – Canada’s best Snowboardcross athletes will take part in the Sport Chek Canadian Snowboardcross Championships from March 25 - 30 at Big White Ski Resort. Spectators will have the opportunity to watch performances from 2010 Olympic Champion and 2013 FIS World Champion Maëlle Ricker from Squamish, BC as well as Blue Mountain FIS World Cup victor Chris Robanske from North Vancouver, BC.

Alongside the Sport Chek Canadian Championships, the two last stops of the IPC World Cup tour will also be presented on the same course. These races will feature Canadian medal hopefuls Tyler Mosher from Whistler, BC and Ian Lockey from Arnprior, ON at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games.

Savvy Sassy Moms visit Big White

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Savvy Sassy Moms recently visited Big White Ski Resort, here's a snippet of what they had to say:

Explore Big White with Google Maps

Google has announced an exciting update to their Google Maps product. You can now visit Big White Ski Resort within Google Maps and see the lifts, the runs, and even use the Street View feature to virtually slide down a ski run.Walk through the village and explore down to Happy Valley. Or you can start at the top of Gem Lake Express (see below), Canada's longest vertical quad chair, spanning over 8000 feet, with an elevation change of over 2,300 feet (that's 500 feet taller than the CN tower).

2012 BC Alpine Awards - Event of the Year

AWARD-BCAlpine.JPGEach year at the BC Alpine Awards Banquet the coveted award for the Event of The Year is presented to a ski club that has demonstrated the ability to host an outstanding event, whether it be a race, special event or a festival.  2012 the Big White Racers together with the Big White Ski Resort pulled out all the stops for the BC Alpine Teck K1 Provincial Championships winning this prestigious award.  Voted on by their peers this truly was a feather in the cap for the club and the resort. A total of 205 racers ages 11-12 competed in 3 day event that included Giant Slalom, Slalom and Ski Cross races under glorious sunny blue skies Mar 16-18. To execute an event of this magnitude is not for the faint of heart as it takes 120 volunteers a day with a can do attitude under the leadership of a dedicated Race and Social committee.  Race courses groomed to perfection, timing that was flawless and race officials that radiated pride were eminent all weekend long.  Topping off these first class races were social events, starting off with a thank you to the backbone of a race event the volunteers with a gathering at the end of the day with pizza and brew.  The crowning jewel was a fantastic VIP appreciation party held in the Village Centre Mall for parents, coaches and volunteers. All the while the young athletes were dancing the night away down at Happy Valley after their own dinner banquet.  They too went home with great results, memories and swag bags compliments of the various sponsors. Everything was done right and nothing left to chance.“This was one of the best provincial ski events ever, every little detail was thought of and the races were extremely well executed, a job well done. How anyone can top this event is beyond me” commented Teresa C. Fernie Alpine Ski Team Mom

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