Big White Ski Resort Awards
The awards and accolades for Big White just keep rolling in! From our challenging terrain to our warm hospitality and world-class restaurants, everyone finds something to praise about Big White.
2013 Best Ski Resort, About.com Reader’s Choice Awards
Big White Ski Resort took home top honors from About.com readers who raved about the loads of Champagne powder the resort gets annually. Readers said, "Love this Ski Resort - Best Snow!" "An amazing place to ski or ride..." and "The bountiful, dry powder is legendary!"
2013 Best Pow Bros Man-Cation, Ski Canada's Best of Skiing in Canada Awards
"Get the guys together for a boy's three-day weekend at Big White: a two-day Edge Camp specifically for me (no asking for directions), a snowmobile tour in the backcounty, follwed by a scotch-tasting with cigars at a remote hut with a steak barbecue (or just eat 'em raw), a ski boot fitting and a trip down to Kelowna in a limo for a Kelowna Rockets hockey game. Practiv your high-fiving now." Ski Canada Magazine
#3 “Things to do in the Okanagan Valley",Trip Advisor
Voted number three out of over seventy locations in the Okanagan Valley. View article
Family Resort of the Year, 2012, Snow Action Magazine in Australia
“If you look up ‘family friendly’ in the dictionary you’ll find a picture of Big White. We’re not the first to recognise this fact, and I doubt we’ll be the last either”. Snow Action Magazine.View Article
Tommi Tyndall Award, Far West Ski Areas Association
Recognition for continuation of outstanding and long term support of the skiing public, the local community, the Far West Ski Association and it’s Councils and Clubs. “Big White embodies the spirit of the Tommi Tyndall Award and are deserving of recognition as this year’s recipient”.
Big White voted "Best Park & Pipe" in the Pacific Northwest, On The Snow's 2012 Visitor's Choice Awards
2012 BC Alpine Event of the Year - K1 Provincials - Big White Racers/Kelowna Ski Club
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.
For details on this prestigious award check out our blog
Ogopogo Zone named the CSPS 2011 National Outstanding Zone in Canada
The members and leadership of the Kelowna-area chapter of the Canadian Ski Patrol System (CSPS) have been honored with the highest possible designation by Canada’s national ski patrol organization, named as the best CSPS zone in Canada on May 28th at the CSPS’s national annual conference in Winnipeg.
Read the press release in our blog.
Big White voted "Favourite Terrain" in the Pacific Northwest
Big White has favorite Pacific Northwest downhill terrain
2011 Ski Canada Best of Skiing Awards, Ski Canada Magazine
Best Weather – if you like powder on your powder – Big White
Best Place for Extreme Leisure – Big White – rotating slow zones
Best New Wave – Big White – racing your buddies on the public SnowCross
Best Pairing for St. Paddy’s Day – Big White’s Globe Café & Tapas Bar
Big White Wins Best Access out of all North American Resorts! The Telegraph, United Kingdom
Contrary to many people's expectations, most North American resorts have at least some ski-in, ski-out accommodation. But few can rival Big White for its ski convenience – virtually all the hotels and apartments in this modern, purpose-built resort are ski-in, ski-out, with the main lifts starting below village level and even the Main Street being dubbed a ski run by the resort.
The terrain suits intermediates best, and the fact that it gets a lot of snow and has a lot of trees for shelter means that it is a good place to learn to ski powder. There's also a great area called Happy Valley with other activities such as ice skating, snowmobiling, tubing and snowshoeing, served by a gondola that works till late.
Read the Best Access out of all North American Ski Resorts press release.
Voted In Top 5 Family Ski Resorts, Sunday Times, United Kingdom
Big White Ski Resort, located 55 kilometers east of Kelowna, British Columbia, has been recognized as one of the Top Five family resorts for UK skiers. A recent story in the prestigious Sunday Times notes, "This resort offers ski in, ski out convenience and, with the strength of the pound against the Canadian dollar, is affordable. The resort is laid back and perfect for families."
Read the Top 5 Family Ski Resort press release.
Best Snow in North America, Condé Nast's Traveler
Condé Nast’s Traveler is one of the leading travel publications with 3.1 million readers. This year, Condé Nast conducted a poll to determine the top 20 ski resorts in North America and Big White was rated "Best Snow in North America".
Best Place to Session a Precision Terrain Park, SBC Ski and Snowboard Resort Guide
"In a collaborative effort between seasoned park masterminds, dedicated grooming staff and a long lasting sponsorship commitment from TELUS means parks with safe, precision features all winter long," said SBC resort guide. No wonder they've helped produce such talent as TJ Schiller, Mark Sollars, Geoff Pepperdine, Jess Kimura and Josh Bibby.
Big White Rated #3 in Top 100 Ski Holidays: First-timers and Families, Daily Telegraph
"There is much to be said for learning in your own language. The ski school has a sound reputation for friendly instruction and the nursery slopes are good. Big White Condos are scattered throughout."
View the Top 100 Ski Holidays.
The readers of Luxury Travel magazine, Australia’s number one travel and lifestyle publication, voted Big White Ski Resort as the No. 5 most luxurious ski resort in the world! Big White moves up from its No. 7 ranking last year. Ski Canada magazine has recognized Big White Ski Resort for the following qualities:
Ski Canada Awards
- Best Powder
- Best Tickets to Ride
- Best Glade Skiing
- Best Ski-in Ski-out Properties
- Best New Slopeside Accommodation
- Best Adaptive Ski Programs
Winner of numerous Ski Canada awards including:
- Best Tree Skiing
- Newest, Longest, Six-Pack (Snow Ghost Express)
- Best Powder
- Best Place to Test Skis
- Best Way to Spend $5
- Best Corduroy
- Best Way to keep 'em off the streets (After School Program)
Awarded Canadian Ski Council (CSC) Research Award "Best in the Snow Business" 2006
- Best Family Skiing
- Best Place to Drop off the Kids & Get their Gear
- Best Powder
- Best Grooming
- Best Terrain Park in the West (TELUS Park)
- Best Place to Fly & Ski on the Same Day
- Best Party to get a Local's Invite (The Shed Party)
- Best Place to Celebrate Australia Day (Snowshoe Sam's)
- Best Place for an Old-fashioned Outdoor Hockey Game
- Best Place for Boys to Play with Heavy Machinery
- Best New Chair (Cliff)
- Best New Terrain Park (TELUS Park)
- Best Intermediate Terrain (Gem Lake)
- Best Non-Skiing Family Destination
- Best High-Speed Cruising
- Most Accessible Powder
- Best New Accommodation (Grizzly Lodge)
- Earliest Opening
- Largest Base Expansion (Happy Valley Day Lodge)
- Best Glades in the West (Big White Thunder and Black Bear)
- Best Ski Resort Features for Kids (Big White Kid's Centre)
- Best Grooming
- Best On-Mountain Ski Bar (Raakels)
- Best Kids Restaurant (Raakels)
- Best Weather
- Best Renovated Skiers’ Hotel (White Crystal Inn)
- Best Ski Area Child Care (Big White Kid’s Centre)
Please note that some categories are shared with other resorts.