Getting To Big White
Kelowna International Airport is serviced by many of the top Canadian airlines — Air Canada, Jazz, WestJet and Alaska Air. These airlines are partnered with many international carriers and fly non-stop to Kelowna daily from Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria,Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina, Seattle, Las Vegas as well as Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Cancun Mexico. Airport hosts can be found in the arrivals lounge and are identifiable by their green vests. Daily frequent and efficient shuttle service is available between the resort and the airport by Big White's Official shuttle service.
Big White is the closest Western Canadian resorts to Toronto. WestJet offers 7 non-stop flights per week, as well as daily direct flights from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver! Air Canada & Jazz flights in and out of Kelowna have converted to jet service which will eliminate any bag problems and cut flight times from Calgary and Vancouver down to 40 minutes! You could be skiing within an hour and a half of arrival! When flying Air Canada there is an option to have your gear shipped two days prior to your flight.
Big White's Official Kelowna Airport/Big White Shuttle Service
Big White is only a quick shuttle away with the service taking you from Kelowna Airport to Big White Ski Resort in no time at all. Big White owns the shuttle service so you can book through Central Reservations. They will pick you up from the airport and drop you right off outside your accommodation.
Driving to Big White - Parking is Free!
Big White Ski Resort is 56 km (35 mi) South East of Kelowna, the largest city in the Okanagan Valley. From Kelowna, follow Highway 33 for 32 km (20 mi) until you reach Big White Road. Another 24 km (15 mi) and you will arrive in the main village where you’ll find Central Mountain Check-In and our hotels.
For road clearing, snow removal, inquiries and general feedback, please call Argo Road Maintenance on: 250.766.3970.
Tips for the Road
Speed limits are for dry conditions. Keep in mind that it can take about three times as long, or as far, to stop on snow and ice than it does on dry pavement. Keep at least three times normal distance between you and the car in front.
- Be extra cautious in danger zones: intersections, lane changes, turns, stops.
- In snow, tires barely grab the road, so accelerate, turn and stop gently.
- Accelerate and brake on straight-aways where possible, gently in either case.
- If ice and bare patches alternate, brake in the bare spots and coast over the ice. Apply that same rationale to bridges, which freeze before roadways, and try to reach “bridge speed” before you get there.
- Use your lights on low beam and if you can’t see the edge of the road, use roadside reflectors to guide you.
- When descending a hill, your maximum safe speed should be at the crest.
- Four-wheel-drive owners: Even though your system is great for moving around in the snow, it doesn’t help you slow down! Word to the wise: slow down safely!
- A word about snowplow drivers. They’re up when you’re asleep, work in conditions you avoid in order to clear your way to the slopes. So be kind, give the plow plenty of room and keep your beams low. Above all, be like a tortoise and practice patience.
For up-to-date highway conditions, please see the BC Highways Ministry road report.
Big White Express Bus
The buses run from Kelowna to Big White every Friday, Saturday & Sunday as well as daily during Christmas holidays, Spring Break and any local Pro-D days. It departs Kelowna in the morning and returns from the Happy Valley parking lot at Big White at 4pm - View the schedule.