Explore Snowshoeing at Big White Ski Resort

Posted On: February 28, 2024 |
When the snow-covered slopes of Big White Ski Resort beckon, it's hard to resist the thrill of downhill skiing or snowboarding.

But what if we told you there's another way to experience the winter wonderland that surrounds this beautiful resort? Step off the slopes for a moment and strap on a pair of snowshoes – it's time to embark on a different kind of adventure.

Discover the Beauty of Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland
Snowshoeing at Big White Ski Resort is a fantastic way to connect with nature and explore the pristine backcountry that envelops the resort. Whether you're a seasoned snowshoer or a first timer, this activity offers a serene and slower-paced alternative to the adrenaline-fueled runs down the mountain.


Rental Shop Convenience
If you don't have your own pair of snowshoes, fret not. Big White Ski Resort has you covered. Head to our rental shop, conveniently located in the Village Centre Mall, where you can rent snowshoes, boots, and poles. All you need to access the trails is a trail pass, and you're ready to embark on your snowshoeing adventure.

The Trails Await You
Big White Ski Resort boasts an impressive 25 kilometers (about 15.53 mi) of combined Nordic and snowshoe trails that wind through the picturesque landscape. The trailhead can be found directly behind the wooden huts in the Happy Valley Adventure Park, making it easy to start your journey into the snowy wilderness. Follow the yellow directional markers along the trails to depart from the starting point, and then follow the green arrows to return.

Explore More with Guided Snowshoe Tours
While venturing out on your own snowshoeing adventure can be incredibly rewarding, Big White Ski Resort offers you the opportunity to enhance your experience with two guided tour options:

  1. Interpretive Tour: Discover the Secrets of Nature Embark on an interpretive tour and delve deep into the world of the local flora and fauna, all under the guidance of our experienced and trained tour guides.
  2. Family Adventure Tour: Fun for All Ages If you're traveling with family members of various ages and abilities, our Family Adventure Tour is the perfect choice. Explore the great outdoors together and let our guides customize the route to suit the needs and preferences of your group.

More Tips for First Timers
Snowshoeing might seem like a simple walk in the snow, but there are a few tips to keep in mind, especially if you're new to the sport:

  1. Choosing the Right Snowshoes: Select snowshoes based on the type of activity and snow conditions. Smaller, narrower snowshoes are ideal for packed trails, while larger ones are better for deep snow. Ensure the size matches your weight, including gear.
  2. Learning to Walk in Snowshoes: Practice walking with a slightly wider stance. Lift your feet higher in deep snow and get accustomed to moving one snowshoe ahead of the other.
  3. Using Poles for Balance and Control: While optional, poles can significantly aid in maintaining balance, especially on uneven terrain. Choose adjustable poles with appropriate baskets for current snow conditions.
  4. Navigating Terrain: Use toe crampons for grip when climbing. For descending, bend your knees and ensure crampons are engaged. Adjust pole lengths for balance and support.
  5. Attire and Accessories: Wear non-cotton layers for insulation and moisture management, along with a waterproof, breathable outer shell. Utilize a base layer, mid-layer, and outer shell to combat the cold. Layers can be removed to regulate body temperature as you warm up. Gaiters are advisable to prevent snow from reaching your legs.
  6. Adjust Your Expectations: Snowshoeing is more strenuous than hiking. Start with shorter distances to account for the added effort required by the snowshoes and snow depth.
  7. Pack Essentials: Bring water, snacks, sunglasses, and sunscreen to stay hydrated, energized, and protected against the elements and the reflective snow.
  8. Check the Weather Forecast: Prepare for changing conditions by checking the forecast and carrying gear suited for any weather.
  9. Furry Companions: Dogs are welcome on trails but should be kept on a leash to ensure everyone's enjoyment and safety.
  10. Respect Crossings: Carefully cross Nordic ski tracks without damaging them, and avoid walking on ski trails unless necessary.
  11. Stay Alert for Skiers: Watch for skiers on shared trails to prevent accidents and ensure a safe environment for all.
  12. Capture the Moment: Document your adventure with photos and share them with #SkiBigWhite to inspire others.

While the thrill of downhill skiing and snowboarding at Big White Ski Resort is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience, don't miss the chance to discover the serenity and beauty of the backcountry through snowshoeing. With rental options available and a network of stunning trails waiting to be explored, it's an opportunity to slow down, connect with nature, and create lasting memories in this winter wonderland. So, grab your snowshoes, embrace the cold, and embark on an adventure that's as beautiful as it is invigorating!

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