Southeast of Kelowna, the Big White Ski Resort is well known for plenty of epic powder. The ski area has 118 runs served by 12 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,550 feet. Spread over 2,765 acres, the ski area runs have difficulty ranging from 18% beginner to 54% intermediate to 28% difficult. In addition, there are 1,500 acres of gladed terrain to explore. Overall, Big White is known for its over 7.5m of average annual snowfall.
The Gem Lake side of the ski area is quieter with fewer tourists and has more advanced terrain to ride. For freestylers, the Telus Terrain Park is worth checking out and has a halfpipe. The terrain park has both beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced lines with rails and jumps.
• Reliable deep snowpack.
• Expansive gladed terrain to explore.
• Good terrain park.
• Remote location.
• Not known for apres ski scene..
To reach the snowboarding at the Big White Ski Resort from Kelowna, follow SR33 to the turn off for Big White Road. It is a 39 mile drive from Kelowna to the ski area. If you are coming from the Kelowna airport, there is an airport shuttle to the resort.
Overall, Big White Ski Resort is the 10th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 24 snowboarding resorts in British Columbia.
Local Contacts: Big White Ski Resort (250) 765-3101; British Columbia Visitors (800) 435-5622; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266
Best Season: Dec. - Mar.
Average Difficulty: Difficult
Base Camp: Urban Retreat Hostel, Big White
Luxury Loding: Stonebridge Lodge, Big White; Hotel Eldorado, Kelowna
Breakfast Restaurant: Beanos Coffee, Big White; Pulp Fiction, Kelowna
Reference Source: click here https://www.bigwhite.com/
PDF Map: click here
GPS: 49.716905, -118.932753
Date Published: 1/5/2016
Date Updated: 11/10/2022
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