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.
Well the real countdown is on, only 47 more sleeps until we arrive in Big White. The kids are looking at the Website daily and have never seen so much snow growing up in Australia, and this early in the season. The list of what to take is already well on the way, and so are questions from the kids, “how long will it take to get there” asked Nick, he’s my impatient one. “How long are the runs and are there any jumps” asked Bradley, “the trees are different to our trees at the snow” was another question from Bradley, he is my more inquisitive and observant one. Dave (Dad) is the sensible one, he is thinking what games, music and movies can we load onto electronic devises, along with inflight entertainment, for the flight over, as the excitement rises for us all. Me, I am thinking I might need a new pair of Ski Boots, should I buy them here or there??
“Let’s go Ice Climbing!” are not words you usually here coming out of your kid’s mouth but here at Big White this can regularly be heard around the resort. With our impressive 60 foot ice tower located in the Happy Valley Adventure Park it is no wonder. Constructed out of 4 telephone poles this giant ice cube with 3 foot thick ice is something to behold!
The hugely successful 'Big Whites at Big White' is less than a month away and already whispers of excitement is in the air.
Carla Waden from Kelowna has attended the 'Big Reds' for the past five seasons and is thrilled to attend the Big Whites for the first time.
"It's such a fun event to discover great local wines and enjoy delicious food," Ms Waden said.
This weekend Big White hosted Cruz The Blues for the third time this season. Over 1,100 people registered. The youngest being only four years old and the oldest an incredible 89.
Saturday's weather tested our participants navigation skills with a thick fog covering the mountains for majority of the day - but no one complained since it was snowing and was much more adventurous! Whilst Sunday's weather was overcast with clear visibility which helped people collect their stamps a lot faster.
By 3.30pm, Happy Valley's Day Lodge was completely full with families and groups of friends lining up for their Cruz The Blues t-shirt. The presentation commenced, hosted by the Guest Services Crew, and random participant's names were drawn out and were given prizes. The Crew also threw out prizes such as sunglasses, clothing, stickers, belts and mascot stuffed animals to the crowd who were lucky and quick to snatch them up! Grand prizes included a GoPro, Oakley Snow Goggles, an iPod Shuffle and Nintendo DS Games. It was great to see everyone receiving something. The overall weekend was successful and fun.
The next Cruz The Blues weekend will be held 16th to 17th March and is sponsored by Stutters Disaster Kleenup, Wind, Fire and Water Kleenup and Big White.
Win a Gold Pass Season's Pass for this Season at Big White!
I’m on the move! Loose Moose here again! How is your summer now the sun is back? I’m having a great time but boy have I been busy these last few months! Attending events all over town and the world this summer and I want to join your summer adventures! I’m a bit busy do be there in person so I asked the team to hand out mini-me’s!
What’s your favorite chairlift at Big White? Mine tends to vary from day to day depending on whom I’m skiing with. While you can’t beat Gem Lake for its length and the great ride down, if you’re skiing with a big group, it’s fun when you can get all six onto the Snow Ghost six-pack to ride up together.
This week, however, I have a new favorite lift, thanks to the wonderful ice sculpture work at the top of the Plaza Chair!
This sweet little bear with a very big heart was there to greet us when we got to the top of the Plaza Chair on the weekend. Skiing with some friends who didn’t have seasons passes, we skied down from the condo and then rode up the Plaza so they could get their tickets. That’s when we saw this amazing little bear!
Watch for him if you find yourself riding the Plaza chair. I just hope he hasn’t melted in all that sunshine!