The Ultimate Guide to Getting to Big White Ski Resort from Vancouver
Getting there from Vancouver is an adventure, taking you through some of the most picturesque landscapes British Columbia has to offer. Whether you're a seasoned skier or just looking for a snowy escape, this guide will take you through the journey from Vancouver to Big White, offering both driving and flight options and important safety tips for your trip.
The Scenic Route: Driving from Vancouver to Big White
The road trip from Vancouver to Big White Ski Resort is a memorable journey filled with stunning sights along the way. The route takes you through the Canadian Cascade Mountains and the Fraser Canyon, providing a visual feast for nature lovers.
Step 1: Vancouver to Chilliwack (1 hour 15 minutes)
Start your journey on the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) heading east from Vancouver. About an hour and 15 minutes into your drive, you'll reach Chilliwack.
Step 2: Chilliwack to Hope (30 minutes)
From Chilliwack, continue on Highway 1 until you reach Hope, a 30-minute drive from Chilliwack. Here, you'll begin your ascent into the stunning mountainous terrain.
Step 3: Hope to Merritt (1 hour)
Prepare for one of the highlights of your trip: the Coquihalla Highway. This four- to six-lane highway boasts a 120 km/h speed limit and offers breathtaking views. Drive for just over an hour to reach Merritt.
Step 4: Merritt to Kelowna (1 hour 30 minutes)
From Merritt, head southeast on Highway 97 for an hour and a half until you reach Kelowna. This city serves as a gateway to Big White Ski Resort.
Step 5: Kelowna to Big White Ski Resort (1 hour)
In Kelowna, follow the signs to the Big White Ski Area. It's a half-hour drive east on Highway 33 and a 20-minute journey along the winding Big White Road. Remember to fill up your gas tank in Kelowna, as no fuel service stations are available on the mountain. If you’re an EV driver, you’re in luck! There is an EV charging station located in Happy Valley.
Alternative: Flights to Kelowna International Airport
For those seeking a quicker option, consider flying from Vancouver to Kelowna International Airport (YLW). The flight takes less than an hour, and multiple flights are available throughout the day. You can also take the Ebus from Vancouver Pacific Central Station directly to YLW. Once at the airport, hop on our Airport Shuttle to reach Big White.
Staying Safe on the Coquihalla Highway
While the Coquihalla Highway offers stunning scenery, its high elevations can result in unpredictable weather conditions. To ensure a safe journey:
- Check road conditions on DriveBC.ca before leaving Vancouver.
- Ensure your vehicle has winter tires (required between October 1 and March 31) or carry chains.
- Check your vehicle's taillights and headlights.
- Dress warmly and pack winter gear in your trunk.
- Fully charge your cell phone before the trip.
Explore Along the Way
To make your journey even more enjoyable, explore the interactive map below for restaurant recommendations, grocery stores, electric vehicle charging stations, and gas stations. If you're a seasoned traveller on this route, share your favourite restaurants, gas stations, and scenic stops with us!
When you embark on this adventure from Vancouver to Big White Ski Resort, you'll experience the beauty of some of British Columbia's most epic landscapes while anticipating the winter wonderland that awaits you at your destination. Safe travels!
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