- Champagne powder - one of the best spots for powder skiing
- Western Canada's largest night skiing area 38 ac
- Canada's largest ski-in/ski-out village and very family-friendly
- Closest Ski Resort to Kelowna - just 1-hour drive away
- Often low visibility - nicknamed "Big Fog" and "Big White Out"
- Terrain on east side can get icy
- Slopes can get crowded
Buckle up your snow skirt, tuck your face mask under your goggles, and prepare yourself for a seemingly endless supply of champagne powder! No matter what you’ve heard, nothing can prepare you for the breathtaking blasts of snow after every turn, stop, and yard sale (we don’t judge). With a whopping annual snowfall of over 300 in, Big White isn’t shy to brag about their unbelievable climate. Shielded from wet Pacific air by The Coast Mountains of The Okanagan Valley, it’s no wonder why Kelowna's gentle giant continues to win awards for their conditions year after year.
February to March
Kelowna International Airport
Big White (1 hour)
Never-evers can start off on the lower east side where there is a beginner learning area with a magic carpet to get them going! For the more experienced, the green runs higher up the mountain on the east side will keep you busy but check out Serwa's on the west side if you want to see the snow ghosts!More beginners tips
There is a wide variety of blue runs on the east side but our favourites for intermediates are in Gem Lake area where you can find some knee-deep powder or perhaps a face-shot or two! Frankly we think its some of the best intermediate terrain in the west!More intermediates tips
There are steep black diamonds underneath Gem Lake Express where you can fly through the trees and leap off drops, rocks, and ledges! The double blacks off Cliff Chair are also a real treat!More experts tips
All over the mountain, that's why its Kelowna's powder paradise! Stashes can be found between the Snow Ghosts (snow-covered trees) and if you like face-shots then Mustang Sally is just perfect!
Ditch the crowds
Most of the crowds ski on the east side which is closer to the village. Avoid them by skiing over at the Gem Lake Area.
Non-skiers won't have a problem staying entertained here. From yoga classes to snowtubing, ice skating and snowshoeing, there is plenty on offer at Big White!
It calls itself "Canada's Favorite Family Resort" and we gotta agree; here's why: a variety of terrain (to suit all abilities), a ski-in/ski-out village for easy accessilbility, endless kid's activities and Friday night bargains such as night skiing, rentals, tubing and dinner, all $10 CAD ($8 USD) each!
|Big White||Apex Mountain Resort|
|beginner||18 %||15 %|
|intermediate||54 %||30 %|
|advanced||22 %||44 %|
|expert||6 %||11 %|
|child lift ticket||Free||$66 CAD ($51 USD)|
|adult lift ticket||$95 CAD ($73 USD)||$80 CAD ($61 USD)|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||211″||111″|