Barton Lynch, World Surf Champion, Visits Big White Ski Resort
Aussies Love Big White Ski Resort
Hello Aussies and Kiwis! What an EPIC season it’s been at Big White Ski Resort. Mother Nature certainly didn’t disappoint this year as the Okanagan Champagne Powder just kept on coming and coming. Closing down the season April 14th was a tough one with the largest closing snow base recorded for years……3.5 M!!
As we reflect over the North American summer of what an unbelievable season has just passed, we wish you a snow filled, EPIC domestic season. Big White is currently taking bookings for the 2013/14 season. To take advantage of the best DEALS early as the best deals and airline seat selection is available now. The longer you leave it, generally the price increases particularly on the airline component.
CLICK HERE for some sample package pricing to Big White Ski Resort OR contact one of the travel wholesalers below. The wholesale travel partners below have the best booking incentive deals available and can package with air, accommodation, lift tickets, transfers and much more.
Amazing Savings For Winter 2013/2014
Spring is in the air in the Northern Hemisphere and the first snowfalls in the Southern. If you haven't already, it's time to start planning for winter 2013/2014. The early bird deals are only available for a limited time. Non-stop flights and accommodation selections are booking up quickly for peak periods. Ask us about amazing savings and how you can get FREE nights, FREE lift tickets, FREE ski hire and FREE lessons.
Visit Central Reservations to learn more about our fantastic accommodations!
For these and other great specials contact your preferred tour operator listed below or for information Big White Central Reservations at [email protected] or 0011.1.250.765.8888. Our partners can tailor make the best packages available in the market. Be sure to ask about the limited time Early Bird Deals that include FREE nights accommodation, FREE Skiing, Kids Ski FREE, FREE ski hire and much more. The best deals and accommodation selections are available now and space is filling fast. Don't delay book today!
We are closer than you think! Looking for some Air Options to get to Big White Ski Resort?
Even though Big White Ski Resort is half way around the world it is unbelievably easy to get to Kelowna International Airport (YLW). Below are some options for your consideration:
NEW!! United Airlines via Los Angeles - New for winter 2013/14 is a revised schedule with very short and smooth connections via Los Angeles and then non-stop to Kelowna, your gateway to Big White Ski Resort. This option is available from most cities in Australia with best options available from Sydney and Melbourne. Depart Australia late afternoon and arrive Kelowna same time, same day with just enough time for dinner and a good sleep in preparation for a powder filled day at Big White Ski Resort!!For more information and specific connection times, contact your preferred travel professional or visit www.unitedair.com
Air Canada - FLY AND SKI THE SAME DAY. Air Canada is Big White Ski Resorts preferred airline for travel from Australia. Air Canada is the easiest option for air travel from Australia as they operate daily non stop service to Vancouver from Sydney on their fleet of Boeing 777's. From Vancouver, it is a short 45 minute jet connection to Kelowna. For more information and specific connection times, contact your preferred travel professional or visit www.aircanada.com.
Air New Zealand - Air New Zealand is a very popular option for travel from Australia as they operate non stop service via Auckland to Vancouver. Air New Zealand has increased the frequency of the non stop flights and will be flying 5 times per week. Connection in Vancouver is seamless. A short 45 hop to Kelowna and you are almost at Big White. If you are travelling from New Zealand, this option is the preferred routing with out having to fly transit via Australia. For more information and specific connection times, contact your preferred travel professional or visit www.airnewzealand.com.
Qantas - Qantas flies to many major USA cities but the most convenient connection to Kelowna is via Los Angeles. As with V-Australia, it is a quick hop up the pacific coast to Seattle or Vancouver with numerous convenient connections to Kelowna from there. You may also want to consider the option of connecting in LA onto their code share partner, WestJet. WestJet is the Virgin Blue of Canada and is a highly recommended airline. For more information and specific connection times, contact your preferred travel professional or visit www.qantas.com.au.
V-Australia - V-Australia flies to Los Angeles from most large Australian cities. From LA, it is a quick hop up the pacific coast to Seattle on their partner airline, Alaska Air. From there, it is a short 45 minute flight to Kelowna. Alaska Air flies 3 flights per day from Seattle to Kelowna. Very good connection times are available with this option. For more information and specific connection times, contact your preferred travel professional or visit www.alaskaair.com.
Top Frequently asked Questions
1. Can I buy groceries at Big White?
Yes, there is quite a large grocery store at Big White called the Market. If you prefer, there is a grocery delivery service from Vacation Foods or Smart Meals in Kelowna. Imagine arriving at Big White and your apartment is already stocked with groceries, including world famous Okanagan wines!! There is also a shopping shuttle that operates to Kelowna. Click Here for more information on food and grocery options.
2. How long does it take to get from Kelowna Airport and how do I get there?
Big White is located only one hour's drive from Kelowna Airport. It is services by the Big White Central Reservations shuttle. Contact Big White Central Reservations for more information at [email protected].
3. What is the dining and nightlife like?
Big White offers a full array of food and beverage facilities from pizza delivered to your room to high end steak houses. Enjoy quick comfort food for breakfast and lunch inspired by the variety of international guests that visit the resort. Evening meals are paired with award winning local wines of the Okanagan Valley. Don't forget to ask about our signature "Gunbarrel Coffee" that is much more than a caffeine fix!! For further information on restaurants and dining options Click Here.
4. What is the average temperature?
The average daytime temperature is -5 degrees Celsius. There is a perception in other parts of Canada that is unbearably cold in the winter, in fact, some areas are but not the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Our average temperature is one of the reasons why we get so much snow....7.5 meters annually!!
5. What is the terrain like?
Big White's 3,052 hectares of progressive terrain offers a total of 118 marked runs. 18% beginner, 54% intermediate, 22% expert and 6% are extreme runs.
6. What other activities are available at Big White?
There is an impressive variety of other winter wonderland activities to explore at Big White. You can even grab a pair of skates and test out your hockey skills. After all we know Aussies are mad about their sport and hockey!! Many other activities from snow tubing under the lights in the evening to horse drawn sleigh rides. For a full listing Click Here.
7. Are there any ATM's at Big White?
There are 5 ATM's on the mountain, located in the Village Centre Mall, The Happy Valley Day Lodge, Snowshoe Sam's, Raakel's and inside the entrance-way to The Market (general store).
8. Do the ATM's take VISA & MasterCard?
The ATM's accept all North American debit cards and worldwide Mastercards as long as they have the Cirrus logo on them.
9. Can I go to a Hockey Game? Where do I get tickets?
Kelowna is home of the "Kelowna Rockets". Our events department will organize several buses to Kelowna for hockey games during the winter season.
To reserve your ticket(s) contact [email protected]. Big White has a limited number of tickets, you can also check out the Kelowna Rockets website for a full schedule www.kelownarockets.com.
Big White Australian Snowsports Camps 2014
Australian Snowsports Camps
If you are looking for specialist training that will tick all the boxes, then ASC is it! They have a range of options, from all-inclusive fully escorted camps for individuals, weekly sessions for kids of holidaying families, plus weekend sessions. There is even an option for Australian parents to return home and leave the kids with them for more training!
For motivated kids aged 9-16yrs, ASC are the official providers of specialist training across Christmas/January holidays as well as pre-domestic season training in the April holidays.
Skiers or boarders can intensively train over an extended period of time and accelerate their skills. ASC have the best value quality program with all the inclusions you could want from a training camp, including:
• Experienced Specialist Coaches
• 6 hours On-Snow Training per Day
• Huge variety of terrain and groomed runs
• ASC Dedicated Race Courses
• FIS-rated Permanent Ski/Boardercross Course
• Purpose Built Moguls Course
• Friday Timed Race and Group Lunch
All set up to improve skills and meet individual goals... either to be a better ‘all terrain’ technical skier or boarder, develop skills at ‘Interschools’ and Race Club level, or if you have clear goals within the athlete pathway...ASC have a flexible program to suit.
ASC OFFERS TRAINING IN:
• All-Terrain Technical Skills
• Alpine GS & SkierCross
• Snowboarcd GS & BoarderCross
• Terrain Park & Slope Style
• Cross-Training of Disciplines
DATES & PROGRAM OPTIONS:
4-WEEK all-inclusive fully escorted program . . . . . . . . . . $9350
Ex-Australia / NZ: 27 Dec 2013 - 25 Jan 2014
MID-WEEK Training Sessions (Monday - Friday) . . . . . . . . . . $950
Dec 30th to Jan 3rd / Jan 6th to 10th / Jan 13th to 17th / Jan 20th to 24th, 2014.
WEEKEND Training Sessions (Saturday & Sunday) . . . . . . . . $380
Jan 4th & 5th / Jan 11th & 12th / Jan 18th & 19th, 2014.