Big White: Slopeside Everything + Family Fun
Located in BC’s Okanagan wine country, near Kelowna International Airport, Big White is all about ski-in, ski-out. Its swift lift system, consistent snow quality, and lively on-mountain village (with diversions like gourmet tapas, outdoor skating, and an ice climbing tower) make it popular with families. Also awesome, says Poplar Grove Winery’s Michael Ziff, 54, is Big White’s lack of crowds. “I can do a few laps on my favourite chairlift before anybody else shows up,” Ziff says
For Rick Duha, 59, an international businessman who has skied the globe, the best Big White days centre on family and friends. The mountain’s layout, he explains, enables skiers and boarders of different ability levels to ride lifts together yet descend on terrain ideal for each, from cruisy boulevards to hidden pockets of expert tree skiing.
“If it’s a really beautiful day, we’ll pack a lunch, walk up to Moonlight Bowl above the Gem Lake Express, and eat lunch there overlooking the backside of the mountain, which is absolutely stunning.” After more skiing comes shinny on the skating rink and a horse-drawn sleigh to dinner. “It’s the best all-around ski experience anywhere in the world.”