News Archive 2012

 

12 December 2012, Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – Early Season Snowfall signals a memorable 2012-13

Snow fall at Big White Ski Resort has been impressive since the start of the season on 29th November.  Accumulation to date is already 212cm. With an  Alpine Base of 128cm the resort has opened 75 runs open off 11 lifts. This is a very solid start to the new season at Big White.

Very encouraging for the new season is that these results have not been the outcome of one extreme snowfall event but day in day out consistent falls, exactly what Big White is renowned for. The average snowfall since the start of December has been almost 10cm daily.

Looking at the 30 year snow fall data for Big White the12-13 season is on track for a super season based on these early consistent falls underpinning a steadily growing base. Even better news is the fine and dry quality of the snow at Big White, the product of being in the interior of British Columbia.

2 December 2012, Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – Air Canada confirms extra flights for skiers

Commencing 14th December Air Canada will be complementing its daily Boeing 777 service by adding three additional flights per week from Sydney to Vancouver, the gateway for connecting flights to Kelowna (YLW) and Big White Ski Resort.

These extra flights will operate:

  • Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: Depart Sydney @ 1900
  • Arrive Vancouver at 1410 (same day)
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Depart Vancouver @ 2210
  • Arrive Sydney 0845 (+2 days)

29 November 2012, Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – New Season Opens for 2012-13 at Big White

Big White Ski Resort has opened a few days earlier than its scheduled 1 December target for this season. Good early snow plus great enthusiasm locally has encouraged the resort to open the lifts earlier than planned.

The pre-season accumulation of 114cm to date is in line with the resorts historical records and all bodes well for another outstanding season.

Renowned for its consistent snow fall and dry snow quality, year in year out, Big White Ski Resort usually sees a steady build of its alpine base and overall accumulation through December into the Christmas – New Year holiday period and continues through January, February and March.

Some of the best ski time at Big White Ski Resort is during February and March with a deep established base and milder temperatures.

22 November 2012, Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – The 2012-13 season opening is now only a week a away. With it comes a very busy December to start the new season off with a bang.

Big White Ski Resort has a very full calendar of events guests can be involved in all the way through to Christmas and New Years Eve. This is a wonderful time in the village and everyone is welcome.

December 1st – 2012/2013 Opening Day

December 7th & 8th – Big Reds at Big White

December 7th – Big White Light Up

December 7th – Big Reds at Big White: A Match Made In Heaven

December 8th – Big Reds at Big White: Apres Tea with Moteas

December 8th – First Saturday Fireworks Show of the Season

December 8th – TELUS Park Opens

December 8th & 9th – Big White Rally Weekend

December 9th – Big Reds at Big White: Gray Monk Odyssey Brunch

December 14th – First night of night skiing

December 19th to 24th – Free Photos With Santa

December 21st – Wine Lovers Wednesday at Globe

December 23rd & 24th – Breakfast With Santa

December 24th – Christmas Eve Parade

December 25th – Ski & Board With Santa

December 26th (to January 5th) – World Junior Hockey Championships, nearby

December 27th & 28th – Cruz The Blues

December 30th – World Snowboard Day

December 31st – New Years Eve

15 October 2012, Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – History suggests Big White will see reliable snowfall again for the coming season and as usual lots and lots of it.

Last season at Big White Ski Resort saw outstanding snowfall conditions through January, February, March and April after a slow start to the season. The average base for January 2012 was 174cm, which increased significantly in February to 239 cm, then 261 cm for March and season closed out in early April with a fantastic 272 cm base.

These results however are not surprising considering the long term historical snowfall records the mountain is renowned for.

The snowfall and snow base records from the last 30 seasons clearly illustrate why the mountain is called Big White and reinforces why this resort, near Kelowna BC Canada, has earned such an enviable reputation for reliable snow, every season. 2011-12 reinforced why Big White deserves such fame.

Big White Ski Resort and Stonebridge Lodge Resort are the safe snow bet for international skiers, especially those that have to plan well ahead to secure air travel. Coupled with the very attractive Canadian Dollar exchange rate, genuine ski-in ski-out accommodation in the heart of the village, plus reliable and consistent champagne powder, Stonebridge Lodge at Big White is the place to be for season 2013.

8 April 2012, Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – Big White Reunion – Resort soon to celebrate 50th Birthday

As the resort approaches it’s 50th birthday in 2013, Stonebridge Lodge guests are enjoying a raft of activities underway for the Big White Reunion party this week .For those lucky enough to be on the hill, it is a great chance to rekindle friendships and relive Big White – The Early Years…incredible memories built at Big White over the decades, as the forerunner to 2013 celebrations. A “Big White in the 1960’s” short history piece gives you an insight about Big White’s beginnings. Images courtesy of the Big White Ski Resort Reunion Facebook Group.

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31 March 2012, Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – The snow kept coming through March 2012

Big White demonstrated its reputation for consistent and reliable snow falls during March. The month opened with a base of 239cm and snow accumulation at the end of February was 456cm. March saw regular and consistent falls of famous Okanagan champagne powder, renowned for its super dry characteristics.

As the month of March closes, the alpine snow base is 262cm. The the snow accumulation has increased to 577cm so far for this season, a very solid monthly drop of 121cm and consistent with the long term records for Big White.

The March result this season is comfortably ahead of the 30 year March average of 107cm. Another terrific year at Big White.

March’s result underscores the reliability Big White delivers, year in year out.

There are now only a few weeks before the resort closes for the season and on past experience more snow is expected for Easter Stonebridge Lodge guests.

Big White, Kelowna BC enjoys an enviable reputation for reliable snow. Season 2011-12 has again reinforced why Big White deserves that reputation. Big White, Kelowna BC and Stonebridge Lodge are the safe bet for international skiers especially if you have to plan well ahead to book air travel, coupled with a very attractive exchange rate and genuine ski-in ski-out accommodation, plus reliable our consistent champagne powder, come see next season.

29 February 2012, Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – Scores Powder Record for February 2012

This leap year last day of February 2012 at Big White has recorded an alpine base of 239cm and the season cumulative so far is 456cm.  Falls for February have delivered an outstanding 152cm of fresh dry Okanagan powder for the month.

This is the best February fall since 1994 when snow fall records tell us that mother nature delivered an extraordinary 219.5cm for February that year!

This February’s result underscores the reliability Big White delivers, year in year out.  The 30 year February average for Big White is a very respectable 87.5cm so 152cm for 2012 builds on its renowned snow reputation, consistency and quality.

Looking forward, records collected over 30 years suggest Stonebridge Lodge guests at Big White might expect March snowfalls of approximately 100cm and then in April the possibility of a further 50cm average. Following the February result will March be a record too? Come and see for yourself or book now for 2013.

Big White, Kelowna BC enjoys an enviable reputation for reliable snow and it is very well deserved. Snow fall this season reaffirms Big White & British Columbia’s reputation for delivering the dry powdery white stuff, year in year out.  Big White, Kelowna BC and Stonebridge Lodge are always the safe bet for international skiers especially if you have to plan well ahead and book airfares, coupled with a very attractive exchange rate and genuine ski-in ski-out accommodation, plus reliable and consistent snow.

24 February 2012, Snow falls this February have been the best for many years – Confirms consistent and reliable snow at Big White, Kelowna BC

While this month is yet to close February 2012 has yet again seen solid snow falls for Stonebridge Lodge guests at Big White, Kelowna BC this year.

January closed with the alpine base at 174cm and the season cumulative was 299cm at that date. With a few days left in February, solid falls of powder right throughout the month have pushed the base to 232cm and season falls are 434cm cumulatively at this date.

That’s a whopping 135cm this month so far and well ahead of the 30 year average February snowfall of 87.5cm, since 1982 .

The last February that recorded a higher fall was in 2006 when Big White saw 150cm for the month of February.

The question now is will February 2012 better that outstanding figure. Watch this space as there is more snow forecast.

This consistency of snow fall underpins the reputation Big White enjoys for delivering the dry powdery white stuff, year in year out. This season has reconfirmed that reliability, especially if you are an international skier booking well ahead. Big White, Kelowna BC and Stonebridge Lodge are the safe bet, you will not be disappointed. Historical snowfall data confirms Big White’s reputation for reliable snowfall year in, year out.

5 February 2012 Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – A Snowy Valentine’s Day coming to Big White, Kelowna BC

Tuesday 14th February marks the annual celebration of Valentine’s Day and Big White could be the most perfect location if you can get there in time. In a wintery white wonderland what more romantic location could you ask for. There is plenty to do from 10th February til the big day on Tuesday 14th February.

To start the weekend if it’s fun you are looking for the Happy Valley Day Lodge will be putting on a delicious prime rib buffet from 5pm to 7pm, then followed by a special Valentine’s performance from Elvis tribute act Gino Monopoli ‘Love Me Tender’ from 7pm to 9pm

On the Sunday 12th February prior to Valentine’s Day, you can pick up a date on the chair lift during Big White’s “Bullet Speed Dating.” Search for Love on the Bullet chair lift, located next to Stonebridge Lodge, from 2-3pm. You will be matched with a like-minded snow enthusiast, before you begin a chair lift speed date.  All participants will receive a Happy Valley voucher that may be redeemed anytime on Sunday 12th February. If that doesn’t work out for you attend the Traffic Light Party at Happy Valley where you can “look” for a mate from 7pm to late. You will need to come wearing – red, yellow or green.  Red=Romantically Involved; Yellow=“It’s complicated” & Green…means GO (single and looking). Enjoy the DJ and prizes on the night.

Then on the Tuesday 14th February making it extra special for your loved one will be easy if you add these ingredients together for the occasion – A horse drawn sleigh ride through the pristine forests of Big White would set the scene for your romantic evening, cozy under the blankets while sipping on champagne and enjoying chocolate covered strawberries makes for a great start. Then add a dinner for two and there are special Valentine’s menus available at 6 Degrees Bistro (located in Stonebridge Lodge Building 2) and The Kettle Valley Steakhouse, in Happy Valley.

Meanwhile the Moose Lounge is putting on a chocolate buffet, yes all the chocolate you can devour between 6-9pm!  Or perhaps book a Private Champagne Gondola ride for two with your special someone (times available from 5-8pm). Each couple will enjoy a luxurious round trip in a decorated Gondola carriage with candles, romantic music, and a glass of champagne with chocolate covered strawberries for each couple. Book in advance to save your place.

1 February 2012 Kelowna, BC Canada – The Legend Lives – Consistent and reliable snow conditions at Big White, Kelowna BC

Stonebridge Lodge guests experienced exceptional snow conditions in January at Big White, Kelowna BC.  With a snow base of 124cm on January 1st, the month closed with a 176cm base. Consistent falls of light and dry Okanagan powder throughout January saw the base develop progressively and delivered outstanding ski conditions throughout.

This result for January should not come as a surprise as ten year records dating back to season 2001-02 show the average base for January is 194cm, with a maximum base of 248cm (Wow!) recorded in 2001-02 and the lowest January base still a very solid 124cm in 2008-09.

But the best is still to come as Big White historically enjoys every increasing snow accumulation through February, March and April.  Records collected over 30 years suggest guests could expect February snowfalls of approximately 90cm, a further 100cm in March and around 50cm in April. It is no surprise then that last year the resort closed in mid-April with a fantastic base of 321cm!  It’s not that deep each year but the ten year average base for April is a very reliable (and enjoyable) 243cm. February is shaping up to be a great month as the base nears 2 metres already, currently 180cm.

Big White, Kelowna BC enjoys an enviable reputation for reliable snow and it is very well deserved.  Reports of ski resorts in USA experiencing low snowfalls through December and January reaffirms Big White & British Columbia’s reputation for delivering the dry powdery white stuff, year in year out.  Big White, Kelowna BC and Stonebridge Lodge are always the safe bet for international skiers especially if you have to plan well ahead and book airfares. Coupled with a very attractive exchange rate and genuine ski-in ski-out accommodation, plus reliable and consistent snow each year the only question is …how long can you stay?

8 January 2012 Big White, Kelowna, BC Canada – Big White Snow Consistency True to Form

While many USA snow resorts have been struggling with little or no snow so far this season, now after only a few short weeks since the season opening Big White is on track to maintain its legendry snow reputation. Enjoying an annual average snow fall of 750cm(24.5ft) the resort has been previously awarded “Best Powder” by Ski Canada Magazine in 2008.

With the base today at 129cm after another 8cm over night, and with 13 weeks still remaining in this season, Stonebridge at Big White guests can expect more snow and of the special Okanagan Champagne Powder type. Big White is renowned for it’s very dry quality snow and the annual consistency, truly a very reliable snow vacation destination.

While many visitors enjoy Christmas and New Year periods the reality is that from mid-January to the April season close, mother nature serves up much of the best of the season and there is never a concern with crowds.

Snow levels increase throughout the entire season and Stonebridge at Big White guests are surprised to hear how much snow remains when the resort closes – April close 2011 321cm, April close 2010 246cm and April close 2008 253cm. (April 2009 not available at time of publishing).

This year in year out consistency is what brings regulars back. Dry champagne powder, lots of it and every year – a winning combination.

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Stonebridge Lodge at Big White before the end of the current season (courtesy of Big White)

1. It’s The Snow

At Big White, “It’s the Snow” is our motto, with over 750cm of light, dry, fluffy powder falling annually! Come and ski or ride in the world-famous ‘snow ghosts’ – our frosty, snow-caked trees.

2. Canada’s Largest Totally Ski-in Ski-Out Resort Village

Choose luxury at very affordable pricing when you stay at Stonebridge Lodge – you can ski right from your door while being in the heart of the village! Canada’s largest ski in ski out village has something for everyone.

3. Your Own Private Hot Tub

Soak in the breath-taking views from your private balcony and allow your hot tub to envelop you in relaxation. Watch the snow fall, blanketing the resort in powder for tomorrow’s adventure.

4. Daytime & Après-Ski Family Entertainment

Every day, Big White offers family friendly activities and events for all ages, just steps away from your accommodation every day! Enjoy live entertainment, go skating, play hockey, try tubing, or gather around the bonfire to watch the fireworks.

5. Perfect Winter Weather & Elevation

Daytime temperatures average -5ºC – perfect for a wide range of winter activities! With a moderate base elevation of 1,755 meters, the only thing that will take your breath away will be the views!

6. Kelowna International Airport Makes It Easy To Get Here

It’s surprisingly easy to get here with non-stop flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Seattle. Take a regularly-scheduled Big White shuttle, and you’ll be on the slopes in an hour.

7. Big, Wide Open Terrain!

Unfolding the mountain trail map, you’ll discover 118 runs, 5 alpine bowls, ‘TELUS Park’ terrain park, the Mega Snow Coaster tubing park, a skating rink, snowmobile trails, and more. Challenge all 2,765 acres of terrain geared for all levels of skiers and boarders! You’ll wish you could double your vacation time!

8. Taste More Than The Champagne Powder

With 18 on-mountain restaurants, cafes, delis, pubs and nightclubs, there’s no shortage of places to relax or replenish your energy level when it’s time for a break. Enjoy a luxurious lunch, sit for a social drink to warm your soul, have a ‘dinner date’ and treat yourself to a wonderful meal. To thoroughly enjoy the BC Okanagan Valley’s offerings, be sure to savour some famous local wines. You can also order your groceries and have them delivered to your condo before you arrive.

9. Award-Winning Grooming, Kids Centre and Ski & Board School

It’s a parent’s vacation too! Cruise down our immaculately groomed runs, satisfied knowing that your children are being introduced to the exciting world of mountain fun at the Big White Kids Centre. Or, take a lesson from our top-notch Big White Ski and Board School certified pros so that your kids don’t leave you behind!

10. Fast, Convenient, Modern Lifts Mean No Waiting in Lines

At Big White, we believe that ‘time is your ultimate luxury, so use it well. With 16 lifts and an uphill capacity of 28,000 skiers and riders per hour, you’ll never wait more than a few minutes – even at the busiest times.

26 January 2012 – Australia Day 2012 at -6C! 

Ski & Snowboard apparel took on a whole new meaning on January 26th 2012 as the slopes of Big White, Kelowna BC Canada were awash with the Aussie Green & Gold and the Australia flag unfurled all over the mountain. Linked closely to Australian skiers for many years as a favourite destination the number of Australian’s in Big White appear to be growing each year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every January, Aussie families flock to enjoy the great snow conditions at Big White during their long summer break, and this year was no exception. While Australia Day is towards the end of the Australian summer break many more stayed this year to enjoy the national day, along with a large contingent of young Australians that work at the resort throughout the season.   Australian flags everywhere, cheek tattoos, bikinis and board shorts made the scene a party celebration on the slopes.  A large group of Australians and friends skied with resort mascot Boomer early in the day and of course they included namesake ski run “Kangaroo”, just off the Ridge chair. Big White was true to its reputation and turned on the snow throughout the day. A great day by all accounts.

8 January 2012 – Big White Snow Consistency True to Form

While many USA snow resorts have been struggling with little or no snow so far this season, now after only a few short weeks since the season opening Big White is on track to maintain its legendry snow reputation. Enjoying an annual average snow fall of 750cm(24.5ft) the resort has been previously awarded “Best Powder” by Ski Canada Magazine in 2008.With the base today at 129cm after another 8cm over night, and with 13 weeks still remaining in this season, Stonebridge at Big White guests can expect more snow and of the special Okanagan Champagne Powder type. Big White is renowned for it’s very dry quality snow and the annual consistency, truly a very reliable snow vacation destination.While many visitors enjoy Christmas and New Year periods the reality is that from mid-January to the April season close, mother nature serves up much of the best of the season and there is never a concern with crowds.Snow levels increase throughout the entire season and Stonebridge at Big White guests are surprised to hear how much snow remains when the resort closes – April close 2011 321cm, April close 2010 246cm and April close 2008 253cm. (April 2009 not available at time of publishing).This year in year out consistency is what brings regulars back. Dry champagne powder, lots of it and every year – a winning combination.

1 January, 2012

New Years Day was celebrated with the opening of Gem Lake chair for the new season, expanding the resort coverage significantly. Snow depth 124cm, -8C and a clear sky.

31 December, 2011 

Big White celebrated New Years Eve in style and with full enterainment after a day that saw 10cm of fresh snow in the previous 12 hours and a depth of 124cm.The resort enjoyed some 51cm over snow over the previous 7 days reinforcing its reliable snow reputation.Happy Valley hosted the early evening family based activities culminating in the first fire works display at 8pm.The evening moved to the village center and culminated with the spectatcular midnight fireworks display in the clear night sky. Guests at Stonebridge Lodge enjoyed the perfect vantage point for the display as it lit up the sky above the village.

25 December, 2011 

Christmas Day was enjoyed with a snow depth of 94cm, a mild temperature of -1C and snowing lightly. Santa was seen on the hill skiing with families out on this very special day.

16 December, 2011

Black Forest Chair and ski area opens for the season and the first night skiing for the new season commenced. Good snow conditions recored with snow falls over recent days, 88cm and rising.

14 December, 2011

Vancouver’s straight.com features a visit to Big White with coverage by Carolyn Ali . http://www.straight.com/article-562926/vancouver/when-theres-ice-tower-you-must-climb-itSnow depth today was 76cm with light winds -5C.

10 December, 2011

TELUS Park opensBig White’s TELUS Park opened all small, medium, and large lanes on Saturday. With many new features for TELUS Park this season, the Big White Park Crew had been busy over the summer making extensive preparation for the additions. Snow depth was 76cm, -4C.

9 December, 2011 

UK magazine On the Snow realeases its annual Visitors Choice awards and Big White is announced as 2011 Best Terrain Resort – Pacific Northwest. http://onthesnow.co.uk/visitors-choice-awards/travel.html

9 December, 2011

The resort celebrates the annual Big White Light Up showcasing a a magnificant light show of Christmas magic throughout the village centre, heralded by the first fireworks display for the season. The snow depth today was 76cm with a clear sky and -7C.

1 December, 2011

Big White opening day for season 2011-2012 arrives and with a base already approaching 70cm . Let it snow!

24 November, 2011

The snow keeps falling at Big White, with the official snow base now at 62cm and more snow in the forecast. La Niña, is looking good.

16 November, 2011

Experts are issuing a “White Alert” across British Columbia, just in time for the 2011-12 ski and snowboard season. The prospect of a second La Niña, a wet-weather condition fostered by cooler temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, has Big White and other BC winter resorts from Vancouver Island to the Canadian Rockies anticipating a repeat of last year’s snowier-than-average season that kept alpine passes and trails snow-covered through the summer. (Source: Canadian Ski Council) With Big White’s official snow base already at 32cm and snow in the forecast, it’s shaping up to be a great start to season opening on 3 December.

4 November, 2011

Big White’s sister resort, Silver Star opened today for Nordic skiers with 7 trails open on a base of 22cm. Big White is set to open on 3 December with the first snowfalls already forming a nice base across the resort.