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Big White

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Big White Ski Resort, usually referred to as Big White, is a Canadian ski resort located 56 km (35 mi) southeast of Kelowna, in the Central Okanagan area of the Okanagan/Shuswap Valley in British Columbia interior. It is the third largest resort in British Columbia after Whistler (also known as Whistler-Blackcomb), and one of the larger resorts in North America.

Understand[edit]

Big White is located in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia, in Canada. The mountain summit is at 2,319 m (7,608 ft) with a vertical drop of 777 m (2,549 ft), served by 16 lifts. The mountain receives 750 cm of annual snowfall. It has 2,765 acres (11 km²) of patrolled area of a total of 7,355 acres (30 km²) skiable. With 38 acres of night skiing, Big White has western Canada's largest resort night skiing area. It has a central village which comprises accommodation, eateries, bars and shops. The village is 1,755 m (5,758 ft) above sea level. Big White Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the southern Monashees, with over 100 marked runs.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Big White Ski Resort is 56 km (35 mi) southeast of Kelowna, the largest city in the Okanagan Valley.

  • From Kelowna, follow Highway 33 for 32 km (20 mi) until you reach Big White Road. Another 24 km (15 mi) and you will arrive in the main village.
  • From Vancouver, BC - 438 km (273 mi) - 4½ hrs via Hwy 97C
  • From Seattle, Washington - 553 km (345 mi) - 6 hrs via Hwy 97C
  • From Spokane, Washington - 453 km (238 mi) - 4½ hrs via Hwy 395
  • From Silver Star Ski Resort - 130 km (59 mi) - 2 hrs via Hwy 97 / 33

By air[edit]

You can fly into Kelowna International Airport, then drive from there (see above).

See & do[edit]

Aside from the amazing ski hills, there is a lot to do at Big White. Big White is known for its winter sports, including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, ice skating, sleigh rides and dog sledding. Since Big White is in the Okanagan Valley, there are many non-winter activities to take part in, such as winery tours, hiking and mountain biking.

Eat[edit]

  • 6° Bistro (Slope-side in Stonebridge Lodge), +1 250 491-1716. Tu-Su lunch noon-3PM, dinner from 6PM. Features regular wine tastings and events. Menu has an Italian and Mediterranean theme for the 2012-13 season. Reservations recommended.
  • Kettle Valley Steakhouse and Wine Bar. Ride the gondola to Happy Valley for delectable cuisine, relaxed surroundings, and a stylish wine bar offering Okanagan wines.
  • Swiss Bear (in the Chateau Big White in the heart of the Big White village). Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. European cuisine and delicious fondues.
  • Frank's Chinese Laundry Restaurant (in the Whitefoot Lodge). Chinese dining with a lunchtime buffet.
  • The Copper Kettle Grill (slope side in the White Crystal Inn). Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • The Underground Pizzeria (in the lower level of the Village Centre Mall). Pizza for eat-in or take-out. Delivery is also available.
  • Ridge Rocket Café (at the base of the Ridge Rocket and Plaza chairs). Serving hearty breakfasts, daily homemade soups, fresh salads & baked goods, burgers and fries.
  • Gem Lake Café (at the Westridge Warming Hut). Coffee, fresh sandwiches and baked goods.

Drink[edit]

  • Raakel's Ridge Pub. Raakel's Ridge Pub and Coltino's Ristorante. Ski in/ski out location at Big White Ski Resort.
  • Snowshoe Sam's. Sam's has great pub atmosphere. Meals, après ski, games, DJ entertainment and live bands. The dining room is located upstairs and features a big stone fireplace, superb food and the famous 'Gunbarrel Coffee' show.
  • Loose Moose Café and Bar (at the Happy Valley Day Lodge). A fun atmosphere for the whole family. During the day the Loose Moose is the café which offers a variety of coffees, and pastries. In the evening, it's a family friendly restaurant that offers a full kids menu and nightly entertainment.
  • Snow Ghost Lounge (in the White Crystal Inn). Live entertainment on weekends.
  • Powder Keg Lounge (at the Inn at Big White). Featuring East Indian delicacies, this bar has an inviting and friendly atmosphere.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • The Urban Retreat Hostel, 7470 Porcupine Rd, +1 250-765-7920. Check-in: 7AM-11PM, check-out: 7AM-11AM. A ski-in, ski-out location in the heart of the Big White Village. Open during the ski season - closes early April. Dorm: $35/night, $210/week, $550-650/month - taxes included. Double room: $85/night, $510/week +$20/night for a third person.

Splurge[edit]

  • Chateau Big White, 5335 Big White Road, toll-free: +1 800-663-2772, e-mail: . Situated in the heart of the resort with beautiful views of the village. An outdoor hot tub, the Black Diamond Bar & Grill, free underground parking, and day spa. Each unit has standard features including gas fireplace, microwave, mini-fridge and in-room safes. $182-249 standard double room.
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