Skiing & Snowboarding
Skiing (Canadian Tourism Commission photo)
The Thompson Okanagan's legendary champagne powder is a beacon for skiers and snowboarders across the continent and around the globe. Big White Ski Resort and Crystal Mountain Resort offer distinct downhill skiing and snowboarding opportunities near Kelowna.
Big White Terrain
Big White Ski Resort, located 56km/35mi southeast of Kelowna is an international downhill skiing and snowboarding destination. Among its many accolades Big White has won Ski Canada Magazine (a nationally regarded ski magazine) awards for Best Powder, Best Family Skiing, Best Glade Skiing, and Best Adaptive Ski Club in Canada.
The 1,147ha/2,834ac of skiable terrain includes 118 marked downhill trails with a maximum vertical of 777m/2,550ft, and 15ha/38ac of terrain is lit for night skiing. With 16 lifts, including a gondola, line-ups are reasonable during peak season. From late-November through mid-April conditions are reliable with annual snowfall averaging 750cm/25ft.
Precision riders can check out the 122m/400ft half pipe with 4m/12ft transitional walls, rails and jumps in the Telus Park, rated by the 2009 SBC Ski and Snowboard Resort Guide as the best place to session a precision terrain park.
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