Big White

Big white
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  • 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.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

February to March

While a standard season at Big White spans between November and April, the most pristine conditions align in February and March. Late winter and early spring visits will prevent you from losing the feeling in your toes despite them being completely submerged in light, fluffy powder. The days are a bit longer, so you’ll get a little more bang for your buck, and the holiday crowds have already petered off. With that being said, don’t think you’ll be the only one taking advantage of these immaculate conditions. Prepare for rowdy folks in the village and swarms of fresh faces on the hill, as spring break usually attracts hoards of likeminded powder junkies during the first weeks of each month. Early February and March are high season for visits from families of tourists, meaning you may find yourself waiting a little longer in lines, especially if you hang around the east side and main village.


Kelowna International Airport



Big White (1 hour)

Base of Big White (Walk)

  • Ski-in/ski-out village
  • Short walk to dining, amentities and lifts
  • Wide range of accommodation

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Kelowna (35-40 mi)

  • Cheaper accommodation than at Big White
  • An hour drive from the resort
  • Variety of attractions

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For beginners

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!

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For intermediates

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!

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For experts

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!

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Find freshies

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

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 vs
Big WhiteApex Mountain Resort
beginner18 %15 %
intermediate54 %30 %
advanced22 %44 %
expert6 %11 %
total runs118 119
ski area2,765ac 450ac
summit elevation7,608ft 7,135ft
total lifts16 4
child lift ticketFree $66 CAD ($52 USD)
adult lift ticket$95 CAD ($75 USD) $80 CAD ($63 USD)

Big White Reviews

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Family Friendliness
WGWilliam G.
advanced snowboarder

3.6 / 5

Dec 06, 2017
Really fun family orientated mountain. Accessibility is pretty darn good, with most places being ski in/out. Snow can be deep and fluffy, although it can get socked in by cloud. Head to the trees and you will be okay!... More
SDStan D.
intermediate snowboarder

4.3 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
The 3rd largest in Canada, and it's a great time always! You NEED to do this place if you snowboard or Ski in Canada! It's a must try and enjoy! Powder days are the best here.... More
JBJohn B.
advanced snowboarder

3.6 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
Pretty good hill overall, many different styles of trails or runs over a wide mountain, best thing about it is small natural features everywhere! Small jumps over the entire resort! Very close to kelowna which is a great city to visit if you are vacationing!... More
TMTerry M.
advanced skier
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 28, 2017
Great family resort with lots of varied Terrain options with great snow. Plenty of family apres Ski activities. Close to Kelowna international airport and the powder highway. Most accommodations are so in ski out and very acceibke to village centre. ... More
advanced snowboarder
Very Good!

4 / 5

Nov 24, 2017
Always a blast. Great terrain for all levels. Family friendly and still rad for a boys stag weekend. Sweet powder on groomed runs or in the back country. Hot tubs on every deck in the hotels and the larger house accommodations have every thing you could need. ... More
JBJeffrey B.
advanced snowboarder

3.5 / 5

Nov 23, 2017
Big White is an excellent all aroubd resort. Despite the frequent inclement weather, a day spent at Biggie is always a good one! Freedom from the crowds during the week and the typical weekend crowds allow you to ride however you may please. Make a friend on the lift and enjoy... More
APAndreas P.
advanced skier

4.9 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
Big White is a North Anerican powder gem. Located close to Kelowna, a bumping and fun-filled town, this mountain offers up some of the best waist deep pow I’ve ever ridden in. Definitely worth the flight into K-town.... More
BLBen L.
intermediate snowboarder

3.7 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
Really good family resort. Good for beginner and intermediate skiers with lots of blue runs. Some fun tree runs but could get boring for an advanced skier or boarder after a while. Good terrain park for all levels.... More
MTMaxx T.
advanced snowboarder

4.8 / 5

Nov 21, 2017
I loved my trip to Big White! My whole family was able to find a suitable run, from my grandparents on the Greens to my sister and parents skiing the “fall down and walk bowl” from the very top! ... More
NJNolan J.
advanced skier

3.8 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
Big white is known as a great family destination, but also friendly for those adventure seekers that like to delve deep into the trees and find tons of hidden pow stashes!... More
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