SnowSkool @ Big White - Best Bits

Ripping through the trees in Black Forest early morning. Walking through the Village and knowing everyone. The bowl underneath the Powder Chair in deep snow. Snowshoe Sams on a Sunday night. The skier/ boarder-cross circuit the morning after a competition. Skiing to the back-door of your apartment. Carving the corduroy down to Gem Lake. A well-deserved pint in The Blarney Stone. Sinking weary legs into your hot-tub. Dropping into a chute that opens up onto the Cliff. No lift lines. Sessionning the Park, listening to the Park Crew’s tunes pumping out. The moguls on Dragon’s Tongue or Black Thunder. A cold beer on the terrace at Sessions overlooking the slopes. Easter Chutes in 50cm of fresh. Chilli cheese dogs for lunch. Waking up to another powder day.

Big White Course Dates

Ski

Ski Instructor: Long
    • Duration
      11 weeks
    • Start Date
      09/01/2018
    • End Date
      26/03/2018
    • Flights included
      Yes
  • Price
    £7,650
  • Deposit
    £450
Course Details
Ski Instructor: Short
    • Duration
      5 weeks
    • Start Date
      09/01/2018
    • End Date
      11/02/2018
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price
    £4,550
  • Deposit
    £450
Course Details

Snowboard

Snowboard Instructor: Long
    • Duration
      11 weeks
    • Start Date
      09/01/2018
    • End Date
      26/03/2018
    • Flights included
      Yes
  • Price
    £7,650
  • Deposit
    £450
Course Details
Snowboard Instructor: Short
    • Duration
      5 weeks
    • Start Date
      09/01/2018
    • End Date
      11/02/2018
    • Flights included
      No
  • Price
    £4,550
  • Deposit
    £450
Course Details

Big White: Stats

Primary

  • Average annual snowfall
    27ft
  • Skiable terrain (Acres)
    3000
  • Total Runs
    105km
  • Vertical drop
    2550ft
  • Number of parks
    1

Live weather

  • Today's weather
    dayclear
  • Max temp
    20C 68F
    Min temp
    13C 55F
  • Snow conditions
    Snow is perfect
  • 24hr
    0cm
    5 day
    0cm
5 day forecast
  • Sat
    dayclear
  • Sun
    dayclear
  • Mon
    daypartcloud
  • Tue
    dayclear
  • Wed
    dayrainshowers
  • Thu
    dayclear

Secondary

  • Skier Summit
    2319m
  • Longest run
    7.2km

Terrain breakdown

Easy
18%
Medium
54%
Hard
22%
Expert
6%

Location

British Columbia
Canada
Min Average winter temp
-8.6C 16.5F
Max Average winter temp
-3.1C 26.4F

Slopes

For an instructor training course, Big White’s slopes are about as perfect as they come. It has a diverse range of terrain that is ideal training ground for working on both your riding and teaching. For ski improvement, Big White is a perfect natural playground - a good-ole fun place to ski! Cruising around, you’ll be drawn into hitting the rollers & hits and dropping into the natural half-pipes. Trees line both sides of more than half the runs at Big White and, in there, you’ll find a new line every time. Gem Lake is the place to go if you want to carve at the speed of sound, powder-hounds will love the bowl underneath the Powder Chair which collects snow and doesn’t let it go and extreme riders will dig the double-black Cliff Area which has some mellow chutes for first-timers all the way to some super-tight no-fall couloirs for old-timers.    

Big White’s Freestyle Park boasts a range of kickers & spines from Small to XL, boxes & rails jacked-up to challenge the gnarliest riders, a half-pipe and a boarder-cross circuit that can be dialled-up to international standards. Progression is the name of the game…so watch how you go!    

To get you prepped to nail your instructor exams, Biggie has a dedicated nursery area with magic carpet which is ideal for mock lessons in teaching beginners to make those difficult first turns. For more advanced lessons, there is a wealth of wide-open green & blue runs that are spot-on for helping you to perfect the fundamentals and hone those training drills! 

Activities

Whiling away evenings & down-days in Big White is pretty simple and, unlike some resorts, goes beyond lifting a succession of pint glasses to your mouth! 

  • Wallowing in your hot tub 
  • Open-air ice skating/ hockey
  • Snowtubing
  • Ice-climbing 
  • Husky-sled ride
  • Snowmobile tour
  • Snowshoeing
  • Yoga / Pilates
  • Avalanche awareness talks
  • Winter first aid training

And if you fancy heading a little further afield, your SnowSkool rep will be organising day and weekend trips: 

  • Trips to other resorts: 
    • Revelstoke
    • Kicking Horse 
    • Silverstar
       
  • NHL (ice hockey) matches
  • Heli-skiing
  • Cat-skiing

Nightlife

The first thing to mention here to you dedicated skiers and riders is that floodlit night-skiing is available until 8pm five nights per week over an extensive area of terrain in Big White - and including the Park of course. There is also open-air ice skating and snowtubing if you have extra energy to expend.

But if you are looking for a more traditional apres scene, you won't be disappointed! Big White may have a reputation as a family-friendly resort but, delve a little deeper, and you’ll find that it has plenty going on to keep the grown-ups giggling away. Look hard enough and you will find that the house-party scene at Big White is pretty full-on and infrequent are the nights that someone, somewhere, isn’t doing something they shouldn’t. The two main bars are Snowshoe Sam’s and Raakels and they are open late and offer everything that a seasonnaire could want: drinks specials, buzzing atmosphere, pool & darts, live music and the old seasonnaire favourite: dancing-on-the-tables-in-ski-boots! If this is not your scene, you are cordially invited to relax by the fire on a Chesterfield sofa and sup a fine glass of Okanagan red wine in the Santé Bar or the Moose Lounge.

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