Big White Ski Resort is British Columbia’s highest winter village. The elevation and slope side location of the ski-in, ski-out village makes this mountain so accessible. Coupled with quality dry champagne powder and a reliable annual snowfall, this mountain offers truly spectacular skiing and snowboarding.
Whether you’re a beginner, expert skier, or a snowboarder, this mountain has plenty to get excited about. Ski Big White and experience everything from cozy snow bowls, to varying downhill runs, tree glades and a super steep cliff.
Big White’s famous ‘champagne powder’, blankets 119 designated trails and dozens of magical pine tree glades, which are serviced by high-speed, state-of-the-art ski lifts. You can even reach the summit of the mountain itself. Standing tall at 2,319 m (7,606 ft) take a moment to feel like you’re on top of the world.
Hat’s off to the designers of the resort. Big White ensures that from the top of every lift there is a variety of runs types to suit all abilities; and always at least one green run. This allows friends and families to ski together no matter individual standards.
In addition, the TELUS Terrain Park provides skiers and boarders a playground of jumps, boxes, skier cross, and pipes – all things freestyle. In fact, the terrain park was awarded “Best Park & Pipe in the Pacific Northwest”, great recognition from On the Snow’s 2012 Visitor’s Choice Awards.
A few tips on getting around the resort. From the Big White Village Centre, the east side is where the majority of lifts are located. On this side there is one high-speed 6-seater chair (Snow Ghost Express), three high-speed quad chairs (Ridge Rocket, Bullet, and Black Forest). There are two double chairlifts (Cliff and Telus Park), and a single T-bar, the Alpine T-bar. The most advanced double black runs are underneath the Cliff chair.
The Ridge Rocket chair has a convenient and cozy day lodge at its base for food and beverages. The Black Forest Chairlift offers an excellent dining facility. The Village Centre with all amenities is mid-mountain. Stonebridge Lodge is less than a 2 minute walk to the Village Centre perfectly, positioned adjacent to the Bullet chair.
Getting around the Gem Lake ski area is a fantastic adventure. The Gem as it is known, certainly lives up to its name, being the farthest ski area from the Village Centre. The Gem Lake high-speed quad chair is located on the western side of Big White. The longest run is 7.2 km (4.5 miles). This run “Around the World” runs from the top of the Alpine T-Bar to the bottom of Gem Lake. You must try the local delicacy, “Beaver Tails” – hot, flat sugared donuts – available from the daylodge caravan at the base of the Gem.
The Falcon double chair and Powder quad chair provide access to Gem Lake as well, and the ski areas around these two chairlifts are magical too. Lots of untouched glades, wide open groomed runs, mostly blues and blacks. The Gem Lake lift offers the largest single-lift vertical drop on the mountain. The Westridge Warming Hut and Moonlight Bistro, is at the base of Gem Lake.
The magic carpet beginner area, and Kids playground is located at The Happy Valley Adventure Park, easily accessible via Lara’s gondola from the Village Centre, or you can ski via one of the purpose built ski ways. Everything is made easy for beginners.
An easy way to navigate Big White Ski Resort is to think Left to Right. All the terrain from the centre of the resort to the right is more greens and blues, apart from the double black Cliff area. All the runs and terrain to the left of the centre of the resort are more challenging, blues and blacks.
- The Enchanted Forest – skiers right of the Alpine T-bar Easter Chutes near the Cliff
- The Rat Trees – tight trees, off Powder Gulch
- Black Forest Glades
- Whitefoot Bowl
- Thunder Glades at Gem Lake
Hosted Ski Weeks
Join our Hosted Ski Weeks throughout the season to enjoy the best of skiing and boarding at Big White as we share our secret spots with Stonebridge guests.
COVID Update: Hosted ski weeks have been cancelled for the 2020-21 season.