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).
Ski Tips #005 - First Time Sliding
We have got an absolutely incredible offer for you if you’ve never skied or snowboarded before! This Family Day Weekend, Big White Ski Resort has set up a first timer package that includes everything you need to get out on the mountain and make the most of what’s left of the winter. Here’s what you get, a 2 hour group lesson with some of the best ski and snowboard pros in the country, a beginner area lift ticket and a full day use of rental equipment. But here’s the best part, it’s half price!
Ski Tips #004 - Balance on the Outside Ski
When I watch people ski when I am riding up the chairlift one of the common challenges that I see is that a lot of skiers are balanced in the wrong place. They’re balanced on the tail of the uphill ski. This causes difficulties with turning and speed control and because of that , it limits your access to more exciting terrain.
2012 BC Alpine Awards - Event of the Year
Each 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
Ski Tips #003 - Carving
Wow, we have had some beautiful blue bird days up here on the mountain lately, that combined with fantastic grooming makes me want to find a wide open space to lay my skis over and get some edge performance! I really like the feeling of carving my skis down the mountain wind in my face, sun beating…down all the great skiing cliché stuff!
Ski Tips #002 - What Makes a Good Stance?
A well balanced stance on your skis is kind of like a solid foundation for your house, without it everything else is going to be a bit shaky. So what makes a good skiing stance? Well, it's not that different to many other sports. Say you're at a face-off in a hockey game or you're waiting for a serve in volleyball, on defense in basketball. They all have some similarities, the knees are bent, the waist is bent in proportion to the bend in the knees and the weight is spread out over the entire length of the feet...or is it? This might be one of the only differences between these sports and skiing. In your ski boots you actually want to feel a bit more weight on the arches of your feet and maybe even a bit of pressure towards your heels. When you feel the weight on the back part of your foot be sure to feel your shins pressing lightly against the tongues of your boots, this puts a bit of bend in your ankles that will complement the bend in your knees and in your waist. That's going to help keep you aligned and well balanced.
Ski Tips #001 - Powder Skiing
Well there's definitely been no shortage of powder snow so far this winter. Big White is Canada's home of Okanagan Champagne Powder after all so I suppose it's to be expected! How are you doing skiing in it? Do you find it a struggle to get going? Does it feel heavy and tough to turn in? Are you tumbling every few turns leaving you in a sweaty mess at the end of the run? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions it might be because you're missing some flow and rhythm in your skiing.
Mind over matter - on the road with Kelsey
I am currently on the plane heading to Zurich via Frankfurt for the next two World Cup Ski Cross races - Val Thorens, France and San Candido, Italy. This is the first time I have been unable to sleep on a flight over the Atlantic. I am short on space so I can't imagine how the boys must be feeling right about now. To get away from the claustrophobic atmosphere a couple of us found relief at the back of the plane but unfortunately got ushered back to our seats shortly after.
First Annual Ice Climbing Series
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.
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.