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Big White

Listed under Skiing in Kelowna, Canada.

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What’s in a name – yep, it’s big, Canada’s second largest after Whistler and it’s white, it gets pretty reliable white stuff. Up until 2006 you used to get the queues you’d expect from a resort this big and white but they upgraded the lift system and it got MUCH better – their website say they can transport about 30,000 people up the mountains to the runs an hour. That’s pretty big.

They also advertise a ‘ski in ski out’ resort, meaning you can ski right up to your door – in a lot of cases that’s true. There’s a bit of a ‘family resort’ atmosphere – plenty of lessons available, plenty of alternative activities etc. but there’s also a sound – if slightly predictable now – nightlife.

Most of the lifts are up the eastern side of the mountains, but the ones at Gem Lake on the western side are often less crowded – this tends to be where the locals ski and where some of the best black runs are. Big White has a park with an Olympic pipe and a mix of beginner and advanced rails, boxes and jumps and plenty of scope for people wanting to go cross country – it’s that ‘something for everybody’ cliché. Nearest town Kelowna, which now has an airport.

Written by  H.T. Hallum.

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