Big White Ski Resort outside of Kelowna is Canadian family-owned and operated with a reputation for value, views, and wrestling snow from every passing cloud. It’s also Kelsey’s home mountain, and she has vivid memories of chasing her older siblings through its famous snow-ghost glades. “My parents felt very comfortable just letting us go explore there,” she says.
That’s saying something for a mountain of 7,355 acres. But Big White’s enchantments extend beyond its size and famous Okanagan Champagne Powder. It also has a tube park, sleigh rides, skating rink, and a great night scene. “We used to go to Snowshoe Sam’s just for dessert—us kids would share cherries jubilee while our parents would indulge in Gunbarrel coffees,” recalls Kelsey. “And I remember the rustic feel, all the kitsch on the walls.”