Opening Ahead of Schedule!
The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived - Big White Ski Resort is opening 2 days ahead of schedule for the 2012/2013 season! The lifts will be spinning for the first time for eager skiers and riders at 8:45am tomorrow morning! The excitement on the hill is apparent and we cannot wait to get the season underway.
Big White Ski Resort Ranks #3 on TripAdvisor!
Big White Ski Resort Ltd. was informed today by the world’s number 1 tourism travel site TripAdvisor™ that it ranks number 3 out of 152 in the category of “Things to do in the Okanagan Valley”! The only 2 attractions in front of Big White Ski Resort are Myra Canyon Park (the train trestles) at number 1 and Beautiful Lake Okanagan in number 2. Rounding out the top 10 was Big White’s sister resort, Silver Star Mountain Resort.Congratulations on making the Traveler Recommended list of top #25 “Things to do in the Okanagan Valley”.
Big White’s Gold Pass
Hello, hello, Loose Moose here! I hope you're enjoying your summer, it's gonna be 30+ all this week - Yowza! So you may or may not end up thinking of sweet refreshing snow while in the sweltering heat but I wanted to make sure you're in the know for the Early Bird Season Pass Sale this year.
Thank You For Making Your Voice Heard!
A HUGE Thank You from Blair and the rest of our Big White Team!
Through your support we Won the Family Day Vote!It’s Official; the B.C. provincial government has just announced that the Family Day holiday in B.C. will be on the second Monday in February. The 11th to be exact. On behalf of your Big White family and the entire mountain tourism team I would like to take this opportunity to pass on a "BIG White Thank You" to all of you, our loyal season pass holders, who helped us out and took the time to vote. It’s democracy in action at its best; we all made a difference and won the vote.I am excited, my vote counted for something but, we couldn’t have done it without you! WOW!Come next February locals will have a long weekend of skiing and snowboarding to share with their family and other guests visiting the resort. Imagine no lift lines, affordable pricing and a great big family day promotion. Look forward to it. I promise you we will have some great deals for that weekend so stay tuned to our website.
The Canadian Ski Patrol System, Ogopogo Zone (CSPSOZ) had the year end wrap up party last weekend. The CSPSOZ had another very successful winter at their resorts, Big White, Crystal Mountain, Telemark and Phoenix. Several members of CSPSOZ took home some well-deserved awards:Patroller of the Year – Ron SyrnykRookie of the Year – Alex VandaleNordic of the Year – Jon MillerDarryl Boehm Award – Alex HarviePresident’s Award – Niki GanieBob Crosthwaite Lifetime Achievement – Gord MarplesSki Patrol Award #38 – Matt MurrayOutstanding Executive – Justin LaneOrder of Ogopogo – John Lebrun, Charlie Seamark, Danne Long, Heather RiallandCSPSOZ also recognized several Big White Employees for their continued support. Eric Bobert, Blake Crocker, Ryan Herd and Alyn Nash all received certificates of recognition. We would like to congratulate all award recipients and thank the CSPSOZ for another great winter.
Big White Ski Bunny
Well, apparently the Easter Bunny wasn’t the only bunny out skiing during the beautiful sunny Easter Weekend here at Big White! It is apparently Ski Bunny season again! They’ve been known to show up on warm sunny days at the end of the season!
Local Big White Racers Make Their Mark at Whistler Cup
Two local 12 year old ski racers fought their way to top 10 performances in GS at the 20th Anniversary Whistler Cup over the Easter Weekend. This world class event unites top ski racers from the ages of 11-14 from across Canada and around the world, with 20 countries competing and 400 athletes it is a showcase ski event.Under blue skies and fantastic race conditions the K1 division saw Big White Racers take Giant Slalom with solid performances as Zane Torres placed an impressive 6th in men's while teammate Brooke Lukinuk a 9th on the ladies side. Lukinuk was very consistent all weekend long skiing steady and completing each race effectively which seemed to be the recipe for success. She finished with an 11th in Slalom and 12th in Kombi, making her the only Okanagan K1 racer to finish in the top 15 for all three races. "This is the best ski event I have ever attended, to be able to compete against some of the best skiers in the world and see where you rank at this age is pretty amazing" claims Lukinuk. Other Big White recognitions go to Tyler Clark and Marcus Athans who placed 14th and 15th respectively in K1 Slalom, while Ella Alfonso in the K2 division took an a very notable 12th place in ladies Slalom.To help celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of the Whistler Cup, organizers welcomed back former racers such as current Canadian Alpine Ski Team members Robbie Dixon and Michael Janyk, of Whistler, Manuel Osborne-Paradis, of Vancouver, B.C., and Erin Mielzynski, of Guelph, Ont. In addition Tina Maze from Slovenia who raced in the Whistler Cup in 1996 and 1998 also presented awards."It's great to have so many countries racing here and it's a great opportunity for Europeans to come and compete against Canada and other countries," said Maze, who has 38 World Cup podiums and is the reigning world champion in giant slalom. "The organization has been really nice and the volunteers did a great job. It was fun to ski again in Whistler and I look forward to coming back soon." Photos Brooke Lukinuk in purple helmet, Zane Torres in green both focusing on the GS race in front of them.
Look Who Was at Big White!
The Easter Bunny! What a fun surprise! We were at the Big White Carnival in the Village Centre Mall that happens every Saturday night during the season and while it was no surprise to run into Boomer and Loose Moose – Big White’s two mascots, what came as a big surprise was to turn around and see the Easter Bunny!There are all sorts of Easter Activities still remaining today.First, there’s a church service in the Village Plaza at 8:30am and then the Easter Bunny will return and you’ll find him skiing from 12 noon to 2pm and he’ll have some chocolate treats to give away. There’s also a scavenger hunt going on today and you can stop by the Activities Desk in the Village Centre Mall to pick up clues!While you’re at the Activities Desk, make sure to take a guess at how many candies are in that BIG jar on the desk! If your guess is the closest you win the whole jar!And I don’t know about you, but we used to always celebrate Easter with Hot Cross Buns, so if you’re hoping to find some on the mountain, you’re in luck! Drop by the Big White Bakery in the lower level of the Village Centre Mall to get yours!~Happy Easter Everybunny!
Big White Reunion Week
Big White Ski Resort is approaching its 50th anniversary and they are going to celebrate approaching this milestone with a Reunion Party during the extended week of skiing. Staff from past and present, skiers, riders and guests from all seasons right back to 1963 are all invited to come out for the first reunion before Big White hits the golden age!
Powder No April Fool’s Joke!
Okay, admit it, how many of you looked at yesterday’s report and saw there was 16 cm of fresh champagne powder, then looked at the date and thought, yeah, right, April Fool’s to you too!Well, it was no April Fool’s joke and the only April Fools were the one’s who missed out on such an amazing day up on the hill. There was fresh powder tracks still to be found at the end of the day by those smart enough to ski across the fall line and the sun even came out to celebrate in the afternoon for the last few runs!Does it get much better than that? I don’t think so.Now that April Fool’s Day is over, sadly, it means the countdown to the end of the season is here. Two weeks from now is too late as the season ends April 15th.Line ups are non-existent, the sun is shining this morning and there’s still fresh powder to be found if you know where to look. And that’s no April Fool’s Joke!