Big White Community Summer Camp
The second annual Big White Community Summer Camp is in full swing on the mountain with an average of 17 kids from 5 to 12 years old attending every day from 10am to 4pm for adventures, activities and fun!
Painting the Powder
The Powder Triple Chair was installed in 1979, by Mueller Lifts. The Mueller Lift Company was started in 1947, by Gerhard Mueller, a Swiss skiing enthusiast. Gerhard Mueller first starting building rope tows in the 1920's, he is also credited with building the first T-bar. Mueller lifts found commercial success in the 1960's and 70's.
Win the Ultimate Okanagan Bucketlist Experience
Buy your Big White Season Pass before August 15th for your chance to win an incredible Okanagan Bucketlist Prize Package from Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, Predator Ridge Resort, Sparkling Hill Resort and Big White. This ultimate Okanagan Bucketlist prize is worth over $6,000.
The Okanagan Bucketlist is about iconic experiences unique to the Okanagan. To find out more about the Bucketlist go to www.OkanaganBucketlist.com.
The Great Pineapple Migration
Lara's Gondola was built in 2000 by Leitner Lifts. This is the only Leitner gondola in North America. Lara's Gondola operates from 7:45 am to 10 or 11pm. Lifts can be measured using years and months, but more commonly hours. Since 2000, Lara's Gondola has racked up more than 25,000 hours!
What's New & Hot at Big White for 2013/14
KELOWNA, 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.
Update: Wintersteiger Mercury Tuning Machine
Work is coming along nicely on our Wintersteiger Mercury Tuning Machine and we cannot wait to have our skis tuned up on the finished result.
Preserving a Taste of Summer
It’s summer in the Okanagan and that means sun, sand and fresh fruit. While most people are lounging on the beach our culinary team at Happy Valley is hard at work preparing for the upcoming ski season, with a little help from the Loose Moose.
Big White Receives Prestigious Canadian Ski Patrol Award
Kelowna, 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.
A Day in the Life of a Vehicle Maintenance Mechanic
A question that we get asked all the time is; “So what do you do all summer at the mountain?” In light of this we are focusing on different departments and doing a ‘day in the life’ segment on each. This week it’s our Vehicle Maintenance Department’s turn. Thursday starts out with a safety and information meeting for all Outdoor Operations personnel. After the meeting everyone disperses to their work areas.
Fergus has been working on snow-cat number 16. Number 16 is a Pisten Bully snow-cat that was used at the 2010 Winter Olympics. It has a 330 horsepower Mercedes – Benz diesel engine that produces approximately 1200 foot-pounds of torque. What does that mean? Well the snow-cat weighs about the same as a 1 tonne pickup truck with a welder and compressor in the back, but has the torque of a 10 tonne delivery truck. This machine can push lots of snow while ascending or descending 100% slopes! 16 works 16 hours each night moving snow around. All that snow puts stress on the machines, so they go through a comprehensive summer maintenance program.
Kids Store Construction
You may have been watching our Village web cam wondering "what on earth are they building up there?!" Well after a really wet June, the construction on our new kids store, the Loose Moose Emporium is underway!On Thursday July 10th concrete was poured for the footings. This week the carpenters are building the frames for the foundation walls. We expect to pour the concrete on Wednesday or Thursday this week.