Ready for Big Snow? Big White is Ready for You!

Our border is back open, flights are back on, and you want to get back into big snow? Big White Ski Resort is ready for you, and easily one of the best options you can confidently book now and enjoy very soon.

As travel restrictions linger (Japan), or get re-imposed (Europe), or anti-vax sentiments cause problems (USA), Canada stands out as easily the best choice for Aussies wanting to head north to ski and board the 2022 winter.

The bottom line of ‘Why Canada?’ includes direct flights (with both Air Canada and Qantas), no quarantine going in or coming home (for the vaccinated obviously), a high level of vaccination, and competent covid management. Plus great resorts and snow.

So if Canada is a no-brainer, where there should you go?

Family head out for a day on the slopes at Big White Ski Resort
Missed this? So have we! © Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort has to be a, if not the, top contender for so many reasons.

Located in the heart of British Columbia, Big White has missed its Aussie guests, being a favourite of ours for many years. But Canada’s Favourite Family Resort, voted best in British Columbia by Conde Nast Reader’s Choice – is now taking bookings from Australian guests for stays in the new year. 

Big White Ski Resort is known for a few key things that set it apart: its short lift lines, its ski-in, ski-out village and its family friendly vibes.

But, above all, at Big White, “it’s the snow.”

Each winter, the resort sees an annual average snowfall of 750cm of what locals call “Okanagan Champagne Powder.”

Due to the climate in the Okanagan, the snow that layers Big White is dry, light and oh so good. Just like a glass of crisp Okanagan bubbly (the region’s micro climate has made it one of North America’s premier wine regions, be sure to sample some while there).

Powder skiing amid snow ghosts at Big White Ski Resort
This is living! © Big White Ski Resort

All that great dry snow also delivers Big White’s world-famous snow ghosts, snow laden pines that dot the alpine.

Nothing beats smashing through the snow ghost glades on a pow day, and nothing makes friends at home more jealous than posting selfies snapped beside them on your socials.

The champagne powder may be the cherry on top of the cake, but the corduroy is the icing, slathered oh-so-generously over 60-70 runs each night during the winter season by Big White’s expert grooming fleet. That’s over 50% of the 119 total marked runs!

That includes terrain for every ability, making Big White the ideal mountain to introduce little shredders to skiing or boarding, and for all ages and levels to progress, while still challenging the pros.

Skiiing the wide open groomers at Big white Ski Resort
Hit the cruise control button on 60 – 70 groomed runs daily © Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort is 100% ski in/ski out

Forget crowded shuttle buses and hauling your and your kids’ gear around. Big White is home to Canada’s largest totally ski-in, ski-out village. Meaning you can strap on the planks and glide from your accommodation to lifts, to the aprés location of the day, and pretty much everywhere in between.

And, seeing as it hosts Canada’s second largest lifting system, shuttling 28,700 skiers uphill every hour, you’ll spend more time on the slopes and less time waiting in line. 

Fireworks light up Big White Ski Resort
100% ski in / ski out © Big White Ski Resort

Canada’s Family Favourite

Need to give those ski legs a break? Big White is Canada’s Favourite Family Resort for a reason – and that includes its buffet of non-skiing, family friendly activities.

Snowshoe or cross-country ski on the 25km of wilderness trails, jingle through the forest on a horse drawn sleigh, go dog sledding, snow mobiling, ice skating. The fun doesn’t stop once the lifts stop spinning for the day!

 

Plenty of easily accessed non-ski activities to enjoy © Big White Ski Resort

Or maybe those tired ski legs simply need a cold pint and a pristine mountain view?

With nearly 20 on-mountain restaurants, pubs and cafes, with offerings from Mexican to sushi to tapas, there’s no shortage of places to put your feet up and enjoy an aprés afternoon.

 

Aprés ski beers at Big White Ski Resort
Beer O’clock is also ski in/ski out © Big White Ski Resort

Getting to Big White: Easy Access matters

Located just 55 minutes from the Kelowna International Airport – Canada’s 10th largest airport – getting to Big White Ski Resort has never been easier. Fly direct to Vancouver from Australia or New Zealand, have a smooth connection there, and on arrival at Kelowna grab a ride on the airport shuttle for a 55-minute scenic drive through the mountains to your home away from home.

With no major cities within day ski drive, Big White is for locals and those staying on mountain.

Find Flights from $AUD 2050 through Travel Utopia

Big White clock tower slathered in snow
No big cities in day ski distance is another plus © Big White Ski Resort

Stay in your own style with Big White Central Reservations

Whether you’re looking for a month-long getaway in a luxurious cabin with a private hot tub, or you want to spend more time on the slopes and less time on accommodation, Big White Central Reservations has something for every budget and every need. Central Reservations is a one-stop shop for all your getaway needs – the team will find you the perfect home away from home, plus help coordinate your lift tickets, adventure activities, lessons and more. 

As a bonus, they usually have a deal or two to make your trip that much sweeter. Like their Buy 4, Get 5 – book four nights of accommodation, get one night free; book eight nights, get two nights free… you get it! 

When you book your getaway with Central Reservations, you also have the peace of mind knowing there are absolutely no hidden fees – plus you get free parking, free ski storage and free wifi!

Maybe more importantly, you’ll also have peace of mind knowing they’ve created a comprehensive cancellation policy for international guests to ensure you feel secure booking your vacation in the event government travel restrictions, border closures or quarantine requirements prevent you from travelling.

So if you, like us, can’t wait any longer to get back into big snow up north check out all that Big White offers and the deals to get there and stay there soon.

Big enough to offer plenty of variety, small enough to be friendly – it’s easy to make new friends here © Big White Ski Resort