In light of a recent incident that left two Big White snowboarders lost in backcountry terrain, we want to remind our guests to stay within boundary lines. While we know backcountry can be tempting, and, if you are trained, prepared and carrying the proper gear, can be explored safely, our number one priority at the resort is ensuring guests enjoy our beautiful terrain responsibly.
Located in the lower level of the Village Centre Mall, the Big White Beer & Wine Store is the perfect place to shop for your après ski bevvies. Or, if you've already taken off your boots and settled in for the night, order your alcohol online and have it delivered right to your door! With a curated list of Okanagan wines, craft beers and ciders, and locally distilled spirits, the Big White Beer & Wine store has something for every taste. We asked some of our staff about their favourites, and here's what they told us:
From towing around car seats to packing enough diapers, we know planning a holiday with children requires a lot of, well, extra planning. We know this because we pride ourselves in being a family-friendly resort – in fact, we know this so well, we’ve consistently been voted Canada’s Favourite Family Resort! To make your trip more fun and less frantic, we’ve put together a list of ways to keep the kids entertained while you’re on the slopes, as well as events and activities you can do together as a family and finally, tricks to keep meltdowns (yours and theirs) to a minimum.
The next chef to keep an eye on at Big White is just 12 years old. Kelowna-based Raajin Hoonjan beat out 21 other aspiring young chefs, including his 10-year-old sister Giann, at our Jr. Chef Challenge on December 28, presented by Family Channel and hosted by Happy Valley’s executive chef, Chef Boddie Macklin-Shaw.
Now that the whirlwind of Christmas and New Year’s has swept over us, we’ve had a chance to reflect on what was important to our guests over the past year – according to Instagram, anyway! First and foremost, with little competition at all, is SNOW. Surprise, surprise! All of you cared A LOT about snow in 2018: snow in July, snow ghosts, snowy gondolas, snow, snow, snow! You also liked drone shots, fireworks and Australian men snowboarding in shorts, but our number one photo of the entire year, weighing in at 4,222 likes as of January 3, 2019, was a photo of our old Powder Triple Chair, replaced in December with the new Powder 2.0 Quad Chair! Take a peek at all 18:
After 20 years away, Darlene Kentel has once again found a home at Big White Ski Resort. “It’s been amazing to be able to come back,” says Kentel, who worked in the resort’s marketing department in the mid-to-late 90s and now manages the newly acquired Elevation Spa. “To go away and practice and then come back to Big White and actually work the spa – it’s really exciting.”
The prospect of learning how to ski was daunting to 30-year-old Brazilian-native Raquel Rodrigues. At first, anyway. “I was scared,” she said, but she thought to herself: “I better be fearless and give it a try.”
A tree well is a hole or depression that forms around the base of a coniferous (pine) tree. The holes are formed when low branches stop the snow from compacting and settling around the trunk. The hole is hidden from view by the other branches on the tree. There is no easy way to identify if a particular tree has a dangerous tree well by sight, due to the fact that the low lying branches block sight of the hole. Therefore, treat any tree you cannot see the base of as a potentially dangerous tree well situation.