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July 14, 2016 - 15yo Conor Martin wins second annual L’Alpe de Grand Blanc
15yo Conor Martin wins second annual L’Alpe de Grand Blanc
15-year-old cyclist and Kelowna local, Conor Martin, has won the L’Alpe de Grand Blanc road bike race for the second year running.
A total of 136 riders took part in the 60km race, which started at 9am on Sunday morning from the East Kelowna Community Hall and wound its way up Big White Road to finish at the Big White Ski Resort Village.
Conor, who competes in international, national and provincial cycling circuits, finished the race in just two hours and 20 seconds.
“It was a lot harder to break away at the beginning than last year,” explained Conor, “but the weather was much nicer, which made the race easier – last year, it was so cold I couldn’t shift the gears.”
51-year-old Marg Fedyna was the first female to cross the finish line, with a time of two hours, 14 minutes and 52 seconds.
Marg, who has been cycling competitively since 1994, took part in last year’s race but had to pull out 20km into the race due to problems with her bike.
“It feels great to win this year,” said Marg. “It was a hard effort with the hill climb, fortunately there were people to work with along the way. The wind was strong but it was a lovely day – sunshine can’t be beat – and it was great to see such a good turnout.”
In the spirit of Tour de France tradition, Conor and Marg won Polka Dot Jerseys, plaques and cash prizes.
Cyclists were also able to compete in teams of three, with Chainline Cycle winning the bike shop team category with a total team time of seven hours, 10 minutes and 35 seconds.
Kids weren’t left out of the cycling fun, with a separate 10km youth race set up from the Gem Lake Parking Lot to the finish line in the Village. Eric Rozek was in first place for the boys with a total time of 26 minutes and 22 seconds. Isabella Cotton won first place for the girls, completing the race in 39 minutes and 14 seconds.
The prize for the oldest competitor went to the co-founder of Big White Ski Resort, 80-year-old Cliff Serwa, who also competed in the race for the second year running.
The L’Alpe de Grand Blanc also included free massages, live music, a kids carnival and BBQ in the Village Centre after the event, with local band Cod Gone Wild playing for competitors.
"We are thrilled to see so many local cyclists participate in this annual event,” said Trevor Hanna, Vice President of Hospitality at Big White Ski Resort. "With double the registrants from our inaugural ride last year, we're excited to add Big White Ski Resort as the next iconic cycling destination in the Okanagan. This is another great event that we will use to build the Big White brand to be as strong in our summer endeavours as we are in winter."
To learn more about future events coming up at Big White this summer, please click here.
July 7, 2016 - Big White releases new route for L’Alpe de Grand Blanc road ride
Big White releases new route for L’Alpe de Grand Blanc road ride
Big White Ski Resort will host their second annual L’Alpe de Grand Blanc road ride on Sunday July 24, featuring an exciting new route for participating riders.
The 60km race from East Kelowna to Big White Ski Resort is designed to embody the ceremony and rituals of the world’s greatest cycling events. In a nod to European cycling traditions, race organisers have added a 900m section of “sterrato”, or dirt road, to the race route this year.
“Cycling traditions are steeped in much history, such as the cobblestones of France,” explains Trevor Hanna, avid cyclist and Vice President of Hospitality at Big White Ski Resort. “This new addition to the route is similar to sections in the Strade Bianche or Giro d’Italia.”
The ride will start at the East Kelowna Community Hall and wind through the vineyards and orchards of East Kelowna, before traversing through a gravel section to emerge onto Highway 33. From the highway, riders will travel up Big White Road to the finish line in the Big White village area.
A 9.8km hill climb race is also on offer to junior and youth cyclists on the day, starting from the Gem Lake parking lot and leading up to the same finish line in the Village.
A festival atmosphere will welcome all riders to the finish line, where they will enjoy entertainment, a post-ride BBQ, refreshments and massages. Riders will also be offered transport back to Kelowna after the awards ceremony.
The L’Alpe de Grand Blanc will offer up Polka Dot Jerseys for the King and Queen of the Mountain classifications – as well as great prizes for the fastest team, youngest and oldest competitor. Each rider will also receive a commemorative t-shirt and a host of other swag.
Early bird pricing is available at $65 per person until July 10, after which it goes up to $85. Team entry is $150 with three people per team.
Riders will be challenged to beat the winner of last year’s L’Alpe de Grand Blanc, which saw 14-year-old Conor Martin complete the 58km race in just one hour, 57 minutes and 38 seconds – despite heavy rain, strong winds and limited visibility.
First place in the women’s division last year was taken by Helena Coney, who completed the 58km route in two hours, 26 minutes and 57 seconds.
“Cycling has exploded in the Okanagan Valley over the past few years, thanks in part to a never-ending network of great roads with world class views,” adds Hanna. “To ascend up to our resort during a fully supported ride with a mountain top finish, in my mind, is one of the epic cycling adventures in our area.”
For further details and a full list of summer events at Big White Ski Resort, check out bigwhite.com.
June 27, 2016 - Big White opens for summer with Canada’s highest birthday party
Big White opens for summer with Canada’s highest birthday party
Summer officially kicks off at Big White Ski Resort this Friday, with the resort holding a Canada Day birthday party to kick off the season.
With the Bullet Express chairlift spinning from 11am – 5pm on the day, Lucy and Loose Moose will head to the top at 1pm on Friday to cut our Canada Day cake at 7057 feet (2151m) above sea level.
The day’s festivities will also run in the Village, with a free children’s outdoor carnival and live music. Visitors are encouraged to dress in their best Canada Day gear.
This Friday also sees the opening of Big White’s hiking trails and the launch of chairlift rides on the Bullet Express chairlift. Hiking trails will be open daily, with chairlift rides running Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays until the season ends on Monday September 5.
Fresh additions to summer at Big White this year include two new hiking trails, new events in the summer events calendar and the opening of Clocktower Coffee Co. in the Village Centre Mall, serving fresh coffee, lunch and specialty ice cream sandwiches.
Beyond Canada Day, Big White’s summer calendar also includes the following events:
- Movie on the Mountain, June 30: Enjoy ‘Star Wars, The Force Awakens’ under the stars at 5800ft on a giant outdoor screen in the Village! Bring the family, a blanket and a picnic, and experience the big outdoors at Big White with a big movie.
- Craft & Country Beer and Mountain Fest, July 2 & 3: Featuring tastings from 20+ breweries and cideries, live music, an artisan craft market, outdoor kids carnival and a hoedown at the Globe Café & Tapas Bar.
- Big White Wellness Weekend, July 16 & 17: Come and salute the sun at 6627ft. Our first-ever Wellness Weekend features two days of yoga classes at the base of The Cliff, plus meditation seminars and cooking classes - all inspired by the beauty and serenity of the mountains that surround us.
- L’Alpe de Grand Blanc Road Bike Race, July 24: L’Alpe de Grand Blanc is a 60 kilometre, fully supported road bike race from Kelowna to Big White Ski Resort.
- Sip, Hike + Seek Cidefest & Geo Hiking, July 30, 31 & August 1: Take part in our Geo Hiking GPS Scavenger hunt - we’ll have courses for all abilities and ages, from first times hikers to backcountry experts. Make sure you also check out our 2nd Annual Ciderfest, featuring local cideries from all over BC.
- Huckleberry Festival, August 20 & 21: Come witness our attempt at baking the World’s largest Huckleberry Pie, and participate in the Huckleberry Hunt - a family friendly scavenger hunt. On the Sunday, enjoy a huckleberry pancake brunch and Country Fair Bake Off.
- Big White Chairlift Challenge, September 3: BC's latest Adventure Race - The Big White Chairlift Challenge! Traverse the top of all 10 chairlifts at Big White. Choose from either a 9.5km Adventure Race with 604m of Elevation gain, or a 6.5km alternative.
Big White is an easy 40-minute drive from Kelowna in the summer. Visitors will enjoy the chance to spot wildlife along the scenic drive, including moose, elk, deer and even the occasional bear. The mountain is consistently cooler than downtown, generally maintaining temperatures around 10 degrees lower than Kelowna.
Full details on all hiking trails, chairlift hours and summer events are available on bigwhite.com, or on any of our summer social media pages:
April 15, 2016 - Big White Ski Resort and TELUS raise $27,714.25 for Giving Giggles
Big White Ski Resort and TELUS raise $27,714.25 for Giving Giggles
Big White Ski Resort and TELUS presented a cheque of $27,714.25 to Giving Giggles this morning, after raising the money through the 2016 TELUS Kelowna Cup, held at the resort on Saturday 5 March.
The money was raised through a partnership between Big White Ski Resort and TELUS, in an effort to support the KGH Foundation and the “Giving Giggles” campaign to raise money for improvements to the Perinatal Unit for premature babies at KGH.
TELUS gives where they live to help improve people’s live in local communities across Canada. They partnered with Big White to support local children and youth health in the Okanagan, as they both believe kids deserve the best chance at leading healthy lives and reaching their full potential.
All proceeds from Kelowna Cup registration went towards the Giving Giggles campaign, with TELUS matching all funds raised through registration for an additional donation.
The Kelowna Cup was originally resurrected during the 2014/2015 ski season after a 20-year-hiatus from the resort. The fundraiser takes the form of a family-friendly psychic slalom race, where each racer is allowed one run before attempting to predict their time for the second run. The closest prediction wins.
This year, a total of 227 racers took part across the Men’s, Women’s, 10-14, Under 10 and Corporate categories. $10,000 worth of prizes were handed out to the winners in each category, including skis, snowboards, bindings, watches, goggles, sunglasses.
The grand winner of the Cup was Elias Rysanek, who perfectly guessed his time of 27.45 seconds.
“I thought I’d try the race as it seemed like a great opportunity,” said Elias. “I just had trust in my guess and in my snowboard, and it paid off!”
A best-dressed award was also awarded to a father and son team dressed as Super Mario and Luigi. The pair had serious competition from other racers, who were dressed in everything from retro ski suits to kangaroo suits.
Racers started the day with breakfast and registration in Happy Valley Day Lodge before heading out for the race, held on Lower Speculation. The awards ceremony followed at 3:30pm, with racers enjoying live music and a gourmet burger BBQ.
TELUS was on-site with a critter donation table, selling snow leopard stuffies for $2 to raise further funds for Giving Giggles. TELUS also donated a mountain-themed photo booth to add excitement to the day.
Big White donated the staff hours required to organize and run the event, with over 250 staff hours going in from the Ski School, Guest Services, Food & Beverage and Mountain Operations departments to get the race up and running.
“The Big White family has been supporting local charities since 1985,” said Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice-President. “It's great to give to the community and the little ones of Giving Giggles with the second annual TELUS Kelowna Cup.”
March 18, 2016 - Big White TELUS Park wins second place in USA TODAY awards
Big White TELUS Park wins second place in USA TODAY awards
Coming in at second place on the 10Best leaderboard, TELUS Park was one of only two Canadian terrain parks on the list, the other being Whistler's Blackcomb.
After four weeks of voting through the beginning of the year, Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania came in at first place, with Northstar California Resort in third place and Copper Mountain, Colorado in fourth place.
Other resorts in the Top 10 included Stratton Mountain Resort, Mount Snow, Keystone Resort, Whistler Blackcomb, Loon Mountain Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Big White Ski Resort has done extensive work on their terrain park over the last 10 years, partnering with TELUS to develop one of the top ski and snowboard parks in the country.
“The park is built around the progression system, consisting of small, medium, large and extra-large sizing,” said Flynn Seddon, Director of Terrain Parks and Outdoor Events. “This allows skiers and snowboarders to progress along at their own pace and ride within their ability range. The areas are separated, allowing riders to ski and board in the zone that they are most comfortable in.”
TELUS Park also has a standard 12-foot half pipe and a full-time snowcross course to help strengthen basic skills in skiing and snowboarding.
TELUS Park regularly partners with Provincial, National and International sporting organizations to supply event venues for many disciplines of snowsports, from grassroots kids events to National and World cup events. As a result, the park plays host to events that showcase the Olympic disciplines, such as ski and snowboard slopestyle, snowboard cross and ski cross, halfpipe and international World Cup para-snowboardcross and banked slalom.
This includes the 19th Annual Neil Edgeworth Memorial Banked Slalom, which kicks off in-resort today and runs until March 20. This historic snowboard event was created after Neil passed away in an avalanche in France in 1987, and has transformed into a gathering for generations of riders to remember the true soul of the sport. Over 200 riders of all age groups will be competing in the slalom this weekend, with $20,000 worth of prizes to be awarded to the winners.
February 26, 2016 - Big White Ski Resort to hold second annual Kelowna Cup
Big White Ski Resort to hold second annual Kelowna Cup
Big White Ski Resort has scheduled their second annual TELUS Kelowna Cup for Saturday, March 5, with all proceeds from the event going to support the KGH Perinatal Unit’s 'Giving Giggles' campaign.
This much-anticipated event follows last year’s Kelowna Cup, where over $26,000 was raised and donated to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.
The family-oriented fundraiser kicks off at 8am with registration and breakfast for competitors, followed by a morning dual slalom race from 10am and après and awards at Happy Valley Day Lodge from 3:30pm.
The race is in the form of a psychic slalom, where each racer is allowed one run before attempting to predict their time for the second run. The closest prediction wins.
Racers are encouraged to pull out their one-piece snowsuits, racing pants, headbands and zinc in an attempt to win the best-dressed prizes on offer, as well as contribute to the festive fundraising atmosphere on-mountain – which includes a DJ, a TELUS tent with giveaways and a photo booth at the start line.
Registration for the event is $20 per person and includes breakfast, two runs down the dual slalom course, a commemorative t-shirt, gift bag, post-event food and refreshments and the chance to win a variety of prizes. All registration fees will go towards the Giving Giggles campaign, with TELUS matching all funds raised through registration for an additional donation to the Giving Giggles campaign.
$10,000 worth of prizes are expected to be up for grabs on the day, including snowboards, skis and ski apparel such as goggles, jackets and pants.
The Kelowna Cup was originally resurrected during the 2014/2015 ski season after a 20-year-hiatus from the resort.
"We’ve been working with TELUS in the Okanagan community for many, many years,” said Michael Ballingall, Vice-President of Marketing at Big White Ski Resort. "It’s an honour to build an event where so many of our local skiers and snowboarders can give back to the KGH Perinatal Unit and the Giving Giggles campaign, knowing that TELUS will match the funds. We truly stand side by side with TELUS as we all give where we live."
Anyone who wishes to take part in the second annual Kelowna Cup can is encouraged to pre-register online at http://old.bigwhite.com/events/big-white-kelowna-cup/.
February, 2016 Big White Ski Resort to host ninth annual Winemakers Cup
Big White Ski Resort to host ninth annual Winemakers Cup
This week will see an influx of winemakers and wine lovers at Big White Ski Resort, with the ninth annual Cellar-Tak International Winemakers Cup scheduled to take place on the mountain.
From Friday 19th February to Sunday 21st February, over 100 members of the wine industry will be arriving for a weekend full of high-energy, wine-fuelled events, including ski racing, gourmet dinners and wine tastings.
This includes participants from top wineries across the Okanagan region, including Joie Farm, Quails Gate, Road 13, Hillside Estate Winery, Black Hills Estate, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Sumac Ridge, Ruby Blues, Sartor Estate Winery, Cellar Dweller, Duncan Vineyards and Ex Nihilo.
The weekend kicks off with a sparkling Saber-fest at 6 Degrees Bistro, followed by a fun dual-slalom ski race on the Saturday and culminating with an awards banquet on Saturday evening where the event’s top skiers and snowboarders will be crowned. Those interested in continuing the festivities will be hosted at the Blarney Stone Irish Pub for an after-party.
The event – the world’s only annual ski and snowboard challenge weekend for the wine industry - was originally created as a non-for-profit partnership between Cellar-Tek and Black Hills Estate to provide a great opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange. The combination of fresh mountain air and fun activities in a nonpolitical environment is one that also fosters friendships and camaraderie amongst members of the wine industry. Big White Ski Resort has been the host venue for the past 3 years.
The event has now started to draw participants from other parts of the world, with winemakers from the USA and Europe showing interest in joining the array of winemakers, cellar hands, vineyard managers, tasting room staff, sommeliers, restaurateurs and hoteliers in attendance.
“The Okanagan Valley and Big White Ski Resort rely heavily on the international reputation of our local wineries,” said Trevor Hanna, Vice-President of Hospitality at Big White Ski Resort. “We are proud to be a partner in this great event that brings all corners of the BC wine industry together for a ski and snowboard focused weekend to celebrate their hard work.”
Anyone in the wine industry is encouraged to take part in the Winemakers Cup, including members of the general public who have a passion for wine. For details on the event and the registration form, please visit our website: http://old.bigwhite.com/events/winemakers-cup/
February 15, 2016 Big White Ski Resort one of the best in Ski Canada awards
Big White Ski Resort one of the best in Ski Canada awards
Big White Ski Resort has earned a variety of accolades in Ski Canada
Big White received awards under the “Best Family Resort”, “Best Grooming” and “Best Snow” categories, acknowledging the family-friendly nature of the resort and the 660cm worth of cumulative Okanagan Champagne Powder that has fallen so far during the 2015/16 season.
Big White also won the “Best Opportunity For Pint-Sized Pile Ups” award with the new high-capacity Magic Carpet Tube Lift, which was installed during the summer of 2015 and is “capable of moving 1000 tiny people per hour up 170 metres with a vertical of 23 metres – faster than many Euro cable cars!”
The resort also earned a special mention for its Ski with an Olympian program with Kelsey Serwa, a silver medalist at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and X-Games gold medallist whose grandfather founded the resort. Kelsey grew up skiing at Big White Ski Resort, and now offers full-day coaching sessions and race training for those who want to learn to ski like a champion.
The Ski Canada awards are a collaborative effort from the magazine’s contributors, readers and staff. They are designed to share fun facts and anecdotes from ski resorts across the country, but to also show off the variety of factors that make Canada one of the best countries in the world for skiing.
Big White Ski Resort is British Columbia’s second most popular winter resort, currently experiencing one of its busiest seasons in history. In previous years, it has been ranked the number one ski resort in Canada for “Best Powder” by Ski Canada magazine, as well as “Biggest Vertical” ski runs and other awards such as “Best Parental Break” and “Most Romantic Road Less Traveled”.
January 30, 2016 Kelsey Serwa wins gold medal at X Games
Kelsey Serwa wins gold medal at X Games
Big White Ski Resort’s Kelsey Serwa has won the gold medal in the Skier X final at this year’s X Games in Aspen. 26-year-old Serwa came across the finish line with a time of 0:51:417, narrowly beating Nairelle Thompson from Whistler, Canada and Alizee Baron from Orcières, France.
This is Serwa’s second gold medal at the X-Games. Her first medal was won in the Skier X in 2011 – unfortunately, Serwa had too much speed over the finish line and crashed, suffering two compression fractures in her back as a result of the high-speed accident.
Following that injury, as well as two torn ACLs in 2012 and 2013, Serwa went on to win the silver medal in the 2014 Olympics and is now right back into the competitive world circuit.
Kelsey Serwa’s grandfather, Cliff Serwa, was one of the co-founders of Big White Ski Resort in the early 1960s. As a result, Kelsey grew up training at the resort and was named to the Women’s National Development Team for Canada by 2008. In 2009, she was named FIS “Rookie of the Year".
Big White Ski Resort is very proud to be one of her sponsors and sends their congratulations to the X Games star.
January 11, 2016 Big White kicks off Canadian Culinary Championship celebrations
Big White kicks off Canadian Culinary Championship celebrations
Next week will see some of Canada’s top chefs and athletes arriving at Big White Ski Resort to take part in a ski and culinary week ahead of the Canadian Culinary Championships, an event which rewards the country’s best chefs while raising money for Canadian Olympic athletes.
From February 2-4, Gold Medal Plates guests such as 2015 Canadian Culinary Champion Ryan O’Flynn, Juno Award Winner Barney Bentall and Olympic athlete Gillian Apps will be in-resort. They will be joined by 68 foodies from across the country who have each purchased a deluxe ski holiday on the mountain through the Gold Metal Plates Live Auction.
Big White Ski Resort annually donates the ski and culinary week to Gold Medal Plates as part of the resort’s contribution to supporting Olympic athletes.
“This is our sixth year of supporting Gold Medal Plates through our Big White Ski Resort Culinary Adventure donation,” said Trevor Hanna, Vice President of Hospitality at Big White Ski Resort. “We are happy to support their efforts when we see the results in the level of athletes that they are funding. Our own Kelsey Serwa is a great example of this – over the years, we have watched her go from local mountain racer to Olympic athlete.”
Guests on the mountain will be staying in executive condos and enjoying the fresh Okanagan Champagne Powder on the slopes while also participating in a number of culinary and sporting events across the mountain.
The annual “Last Supper” at White Spirit Lodge is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3 and set in the resort’s most luxurious location – a $9.2 million home carved out of cedar logs and perched on the edge of the “Sundance” run. Chef Champion Ryan O’Flynn will prepare his last dinner as reigning Canadian Culinary Champion, treating guests to a spectacular four-course experience.
An informal hockey game is scheduled for Thursday, February 4 at 3pm on Canada’s highest outdoor skating rink at Big White Ski Resort. Gillian Apps, a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist in hockey, will be making a special appearance at the game and going up against Juno Award winning Canadian singer/songwriter Barney Bentall. Curt Harnett, four-time Olympian, Olympic Silver and two-time Bronze Medallist in track cycling is also rumored to be playing. Guests at the resort are welcome to come down to the ice rink in Happy Valley and cheer on Team Apps vs Team Bentall.
The Kettle Valley Steakhouse closes the festivities with a special evening, the BC Legends Dinner, at 7pm on Thursday, February 4. Chef de Cuisine Ben Overland and Executive Chef Chad Miller have prepared a 5-course communal style menu that celebrates local suppliers and takes diners on a culinary tour of the Okanagan Valley through the eyes of both farmers and winemakers.
Tickets for the dinner are $99 per person and promise an evening full of gastronomic treasures that are not to be missed - including West Coast Oysters, Cutter Ranch Braised Pork Belly and Beauverie Farms Elk Chop. The wine pairings are from Okanagan wineries such as Giant Head Estate Winery, Sage Hills Vineyard and TH Wines.
Following the ski and culinary trip, Gold Medal Plates guests will travel to Kelowna to attend the 2016 Canadian Culinary Championships at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel and witness the crowning of Canada’s best chef for 2016.
For further information, please contact:
Natalia Jastrzab, Communications Manager
Direct Line: (250) 491-6128
Cell: (250) 826-6042
November 19, 2015 Big White Ski Resort hit with snowstorm, opens more lifts
Big White Ski Resort hit with snowstorm, opens more lifts
Less than a week into the 2015/2016 ski season, Big White Ski Resort was hit with a blizzard that delivered 46cm fresh snow to the resort in a 24-hour period from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning.
Thanks to the amount of fresh Okanagan Champagne Powder, Big White will be opening more terrain and operating four new lifts as of this Saturday, November 21.
With a 118cm snow base, the resort has enough snow coverage to safely begin operating the Bullet Express Quad seven days per week, starting this weekend. The beginner magic carpets in Happy Valley will also begin operating full-time on Saturday, and cross-country trails will open up for the first time this season.
As a bonus to celebrate all the new snow, the Black Forest Express Quad chair will also operate this Saturday and Sunday only. It will close from Monday - Wednesday the following week before running again from Thursday onwards. The new Black Forest Day Lodge and Black Forest parking lot remain closed until the grand unveiling of the new building in early December.
To reward loyal Season’s Pass holders, a one-hour bonus has been planned for this Saturday. The Ridge, Bullet, Black Forest and Plaza chairs will spin exclusively for Season’s Pass holders from 8am – 9am.
33 runs are currently open across the mountain. Many of the runs serviced by the Bullet and Black Forest chairs will also open up to skiers and snowboarders this weekend, allowing them to explore and enjoy the fresh powder in the area.
The greatest value available to resort visitors this season is the Biggie Card, which gives British Columbia and Alberta residents access to discounted lift tickets that they can use any day this winter. The Biggie Card comes pre-loaded with the first day of skiing or riding, and cardholders can reload their card online to receive additional discounts. More details are available at http://old.bigwhite.com/card
Big White Ski Resort is open seven days per week, with most chairlifts spinning from 8:45am to 3:30pm. It was the first resort in British Columbia to open for the 2015/16 ski season.
November 13, 2015 Big White opens for the 2015/16 ski season
Big White opens for the 2015/16 ski season
Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders lined up at Big White Ski Resort chairlifts this morning, looking forward to making the first turns of the 2015/16 ski season.
The Ridge Rocket Express Quad and Plaza Quad started spinning at 8:45am, taking skiers and snowboarders up to runs such as Highway 33, Serwa’s, Easy Out, Easy Street and Hummingbird.
The first person at the Ridge Rocket Express Quad this morning was 12-year-old Owen Brunt, who has managed to be on the first chair of the season for the last three years. Owen, a student at Big White’s Community School and a member of the Big White Freestyle Team, woke up at 4:30am and was at the lift by 5:30am.
“This year is my first year with a big competition ahead, so I’m super excited for the season,” Owen said. “Last year I wore a sleeping bag so I’d be warm while waiting for the lift to start up. This year I wore three jackets!”
Others on the first chair included Kelowna locals Mitchell Harper, Rhett Vercaigne and Jacob Marostenmaki, who arrived at the chair by 7am with groups of friends.
“I miss my skis every day that I’m not on my skis,” said Rhett.
With 7cm of fresh snow in the last 24 hours, a 75cm alpine base at the top of the Ridge Rocket Quad and more snow in the forecast, it’s bound to be a great opening weekend for those who make the trip up to the resort.
Skiers and snowboarders visiting the resort are currently able to purchase lift tickets at 50% off their regular retail price until the resort opens more chairlifts and terrain.
The Village Centre Mall and Happy Valley parking lot are open and available to those coming up the mountain, with various restaurants across the mountain also open for food service.
November 9, 2015 Big White announces early opening for 2015/2016 season
Big White announces early opening for 2015/2016 season
After another 30cm of fresh powder over the weekend, Big White Ski Resort will open early for the 2015/2016 ski season.
The resort will start spinning lifts at 8:45am on Friday November 13, nearly two weeks earlier than originally expected.
“Our on-mountain team works so hard at this time of year to make sure that seasons pass holders and locals in the Okanagan valley get on the snow as soon as Mother Nature allows,” said Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice-President of Big White Ski Resort Ltd. “It’s always been the family’s policy to open a lift as soon as snow permits and it’s safe to do so - and that’s what we’ve done again this year.”
At this stage, resort officials expect the Ridge Rocket Express Quad chair, the Plaza Quad chair and Lara’s Gondola to be operating. All lifts will operate until 3:30pm except for Lara’s Gondola, which will operate until 5pm.
Open runs will include Highway 33, Serwa’s, Easy Out, Easy Street and Hummingbird.
Skiers and snowboarders visiting the resort will be able to purchase lift tickets at 50% off their regular retail price until the resort opens more chairlifts and terrain.
The Village Centre Mall and Happy Valley parking lot will be open and available to those coming up the mountain, with various restaurants across the mountain also open for food service.
November 2, 2015 Big White Ski Resort hit with snowstorm
Big White Ski Resort hit with snowstorm
A weekend of heavy snow at Big White Ski Resort has seen the mountain immediately transform into a winter wonderland.
Mountain visitors and residents have been enjoying a number of snowy nights and days over the last week, starting last Monday night and culminating in an additional 29cm of fresh snow over the weekend.
“We’re exceptionally grateful that Mother Nature turned up her nose at all the naysayers and sprinkled some more of our world-famous Okanagan Champagne Powder over the weekend,” said Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice-President of Big White Ski Resort. “It just goes to show you – never fool with Mother Nature.”
The snow base has accumulated to the point where groomers have started track-packing in the Village – knocking the air out of the snow to sustain and maintain the snow for the upcoming season.
Big White has invested in a number of additions that will make this season bigger and better than ever – including a brand new groomer (the 11th groomer at Big White), a new magic carpet in the tube park and the new Black Forest Day Lodge.
Big White Ski Resort opens for the 2015/2016 season on Thursday November 26, 2015.