Big White Masters’ Ski & Snowboard Weeks

Tick this off your Bucket List

Brilliant ski improvement experience for the ‘young at heart’

January 25 – February 2, 2019 | February 22 – March 2, 2019  |          March 29 – April 6, 2019

$C4595* twin share per person | $C5995 single

Forget the kids – Masters’ Ski and Board Weeks are just for the parents and grandparents. The Big White Masters’ Week is a five day skiing program designed for the over 50’s. Furthermore, the Masters’ Week is really for passionate skiers; of any ability; living life to the full; keen to improve, and learn from the experts. We can personally recommend this ‘not to be missed’ ski experience.

Imagine this – think socializing on and off snow, après ski whilst improving your technique, in a relaxed and oh so friendly atmosphere.

Under the watchful eyes of the Big White Ski & Snowboard School’s most experienced and senior (not necessarily old!) instructors, you will hone your skills on the slopes. The focus is on fun and learning, in a personalized and small group, safe environment.

Did we mention it is a very social week, both on snow during the lessons, and off snow?

Above all, one of the real benefits of the Big White Masters’ Week is you are assigned the same instructor for the entire program which provides for continuity and progression over the 5 consecutive days, during the daily 2 hour group lesson.

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Inclusions:

    • 8 nights twin or double share accommodation at Stonebridge Lodge Resort staying in a luxury condominium with private hot tub, and includes one free night *
    • 7 of 8 day lift pass including one free day
    • Masters’ Ski Week Registration, includes Welcome breakfast | 5 x 2 hour Masters group lessons | A gourmet lunch at Kettle Valley Steakhouse** | Drinks and après at Blarney Stone Irish Tavern**
    • Welcome drinks and dinner on the night of your arrival hosted by Sue Thorley, at her Stonebridge home**
    • Après ski event each afternoon^^Best ever Masters Week in 2018 with our ski instructor Liam Gaffney
    • Wine Lovers Wednesday Après Tapas**
    • Farewell dinner hosted by Sue Thorley**
    • Complimentary guided Snow Host Tour
    • Optional First Tracks ski program^
    • Optional seven course Degustation Food & Wine Pairing culinary event
    • All airport transfers to/from Kelowna Airport  (airfares not included).
    • Welcome pack

    This experience is limited to 12 participants, and contingent upon a minimum of 4 participants.

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See why others have ticked this off their bucket list

See for yourself how brilliant Big White Masters’ Week really is. Some of our guests have attended every Masters Week, now in its’ 6th consecutive year.  If you need more convincing, read the article by the UK Telegraph journalist who joined us at one of the 2016 Masters’ Weeks.

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Due to its’ amazing popularity and high ‘return’ factor, the 5 day program is now offered 3 times per season, in late January, February and March.

2019 Session Dates:

(prices inclusive of taxes)

8 NIGHT PACKAGE TWIN SHARE, FROM

Session #1: Jan 28 – Feb 1, 2019 Masters Week Only

Jan 25 – Feb 2, 2019:   8 Night Package twin share

$C363.30 

$C4595.00

Session #2: Feb 25th – Mar 1st, 2019

Feb 22 – Mar 2, 2019:   8 Night Package twin share

$363.30

$C4595.00

Session #3: Apr 1 – 5, 2019

Mar 29 – Apr 6, 2019:  8 Night Package twin sharecomplete package, contact us.

 

$C363.30

$C4595.00 

You can simply book the Masters’ Week program here or alternatively  to book a

The Masters Week experience is for skiers of any ability over the age of 50. We encourage you to bring your friends along. 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condos are available – the more the merrier!

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Friday

Make travel plans to arrive at Big White ideally by lunchtime. The gateway city is Kelowna International Airport, where you will be personally greeted, and transferred by shuttle bus to Big White Ski Resort Central Mountain Check-in.  Stonebridge Lodge accommodation will be the perfect home for your 8 nights.  Just steps from the village, and you can ski to and from the ski lockers. Stonebridge is the best on the mountain.

You’ll have the weekend to get acclimatized, explore the mountain with your host Sue Thorley, and find your ski legs.

Make yourself right at home in a luxury self-contained condo with magic views; ensuite bathroom; private hot tub on your balcony; fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace; in-suite laundry and more.

Late afternoon, we will acquaint you with the village centre, pick up ski passes, and rental equipment if required, so you are all set for your first day on the slopes tomorrow.

Tonight, you’ll enjoy welcome drinks and dinner at the private home of Sue Thorley in her exquisite Stonebridge penthouse.

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Day 2 – Saturday

This morning we will hit the slopes at a leisurely pace, to find our ski legs, and begin to learn the mountain terrain with a guided snow host tour. The tour will open your eyes to the locals’ favourite ski runs, providing you with the ins and outs of Big White Resort terrain.  A relaxed lunch at one of the slope-side restaurants will follow.

The afternoon is yours to explore the mountain, relax in your condo and hot tub.

Our first of many après ski events will bring us all together at The Woods to share our first stories of the day.  Dinner at own expense.

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Day 3 – Sunday

Tick an item off your snow bucket list or if still a little jet lagged, have a sleep in! The choice is yours.

An early start for those keen to take advantage of the optional First Tracks^ program. We meet your instructor at 8am, to give you exclusive access to the Ridge Rocket Express Chair – which won’t start spinning for the public until 8:30am.  Experience true “First Tracks” in untouched powder or perfectly-groomed corduroy as you have the mountain to yourself for the first 30 minutes – no queues, no waiting…the mountain is all yours.

The session wraps up with breakfast. You and your instructor will debrief over breakfast and coffee.

For any guests who prefer a sleep in, we will rendezvous in the village at 11.30am, for an hour or so of skiing before we break for lunch.  After lunch, we’ll continue to explore the mountain, and complete our afternoon with an après ski catch up.

Optional: Tonight you can join us for a sensational culinary experience – a seven course food and wine pairing dinner, or spend your evening at leisure.

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Day 3 – Monday

Welcome Reception – take Lara’s Gondola down to Happy Valley for a delicious breakfast buffet and meet your new Masters’ Week ski buddies and designated instructor.

Your first 2 hour morning lesson of the week, warm up and begin the five day ski improvement program – an exclusive, level-specific group taught by the most experienced instructors.

Afternoon to yourself to practice, keep skiing with your new buddies, hit the hot tub, or take a nap, and be ready for our après ski get together.

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Day 4 – Tuesday

Day two of your Masters Week 2 hour Group lessons. Learn at your own pace with people of a similar ability level or hone your existing skills and take your skiing to a whole new level. There’s something for everyone, whatever your ability!

Share your stories of the morning, whilst you enjoy a delicious and well-earned lunch after your lesson, at the Kettle Valley Steakhouse.

Afternoon at your own pace, where you can join other Masters Week buddies keen to get a few more runs in for the day.

Sunset snowshoe tour including equipment, followed by appies at Happy Valley.

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Day 5 – Wednesday

Your third day of Masters Week.  By now you will be feeling oh so confident, and really getting to know the mountain.  We plan to buddy up with the rest of our group for lunch in the Village – at The Bullwheel (lunch at own expense).

Afternoon to ski or relax, followed by our Wine Lovers Wednesday tapas and wine pairing event.

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Day 6 – Thursday

Masters Week continues this morning, with more fun guaranteed, as you continue to progress your skills and explore the mountain. Afternoon to continue skiing, perhaps take a nordic ski lesson, or simply  take time out, and enjoy your luxury accommodation at Stonebridge.

Drinks and après at Blarney Stone Irish Tavern.

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Day 7 – Friday

Today is the final 2 hour group lesson of your Big White Masters’ Week. Your instructor will provide a wrap up of the week, reinforcing the ski improvement techniques learned over the week.

Tradition says that the group takes the instructor out to lunch at one of Big White’s many restaurants.

Note: Finally, a gratuity for the instructor is very much appreciated. Usually around $CDN50 per person

Farewell dinner hosted by Sue Thorley**

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Day 8 – Saturday

It is time to say farewell to your Masters Ski Week friends from around the world and depart for home. We have included an optional half day wine tour, and lunch experience, then transfer to Kelowna International Airport, as often many international flights depart from Canada late evening. It’s a great way to conclude this wonderful week, and while away a few hours.

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This experience is for skiers of any ability over the age of 50. We encourage you to bring your friends along. 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condos are available – the more the merrier!

Exclusions

  • Airfares not included
  • Meals unless stated
  • Beverages unless stated
  • Gratuities (15% minimum for all service items) and payable direct

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Optional Add-ons

  • Food & wine pairing seven course degustation dinner (minimum of 6 guests required)
  • First tracks with private instructor^    (cost based on 3 per group)
  • Nordic Ski Lesson
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Half Day Okanagan Valley Wine Tour and transfer to Kelowna Airport

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Stay Longer or add another destination

In addition, if you wish to extend your holiday, accommodation options are available to stay any number of extra nights desired in Big White; or consider another resort such as Whistler, Banff or add on a city stay in Vancouver. Contact us with your requests.

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Your Mountain Home is Stonebridge Lodge Resort 

Stonebridge will be your luxury home away from home for 8 nights at Big White Ski Resort. The fully equipped condominiums boast executive kitchens, ensuite bathrooms, gas fireplaces, and in-suite laundries. Located in the heart of the Big White Village, you can literally ski to your door.

Each condo has a private hot tub, perfect for a ‘soak’ at the end of the day. Stonebridge also offers a fitness centre, indoor/outdoor mineral salt pool, and a fabulous restaurant, 6 Degrees Bistro.

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Your Host – Sue Thorley

Sue has spent 17 years skiing at Big White with her family. She knows the mountain inside out. Sue holds CSIA Level 1(2017) and Level 2 (2018) Canadian Ski Instructors Certification.

She is affectionately known as the “Lady Mayoress” due to her social connectivity around the mountain. She lives at Stonebridge at least three months each season at Big White.  She has participated in the Masters Week program every year, since it’s inception, some six years ago.

You too, will become connected with the Big White community, and its this sense of connection that makes this experience feel like you home. During your hosted  Masters Ski Week Experience Sue will be around the village, and skis most days. She does not provide ski instruction^.  Big White Ski School’s excellent CSIA instructors will conduct the 5 day Ski Improvement sessions.

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Notes

*Accommodation is based on your own guaranteed queen bedded room with own bathroom, in a one bedroom condominium.  If you wish to share with friends, we can accommodate guests in larger two or three bedroom condos, subject to availability at time of confirmation. The condominiums are self-contained with a full kitchen for self-catering. Only some meals are included ,as advertised. Each condo has its’ own washer & dryer.

**Meals, après ski drinks and beverages are at your own expense, apart from the Welcome drinks and dinner at Stonebridge Lodge, Wine Lovers Wednesday and the  farewell dinner at Big White.  During  the Kettle Valley Ladies Lunch, and après at Blarney Stone Irish Tavern  one drink is provided per person. Additional drinks at your own expense.

^ Big White Ski School will provide excellent highly qualified CSIA instructors to conduct the 5 Day Masters Ski Week Program; and First Tracks.

^^ Apres ski include snacks only from 5.00pm-6.30pm. Beverages at own expense.

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Terms and Conditions

This tour is based upon a minimum number of 4 skiers or snowboarders, and is capped at 12.  A 50% deposit secures your place.

Ski Holidays and Tours requires a 50% deposit at time of confirmation, and the balance due by the 8th December 2018. The Masters’ Ski Week Experience package is subject to change and availability. Airfares, insurance, meals (unless specified), other activities (unless stated) and all items of a personal nature are not included. Price variations may occur with currency fluctuations and other events beyond our control.

*Every effort will be made to have guests staying at Stonebridge. However, if necessary, additional condos will be booked at Stonegate. Guests will be advised of this situation, prior to paying deposits. The configuration, features and amenities of all condominiums will vary.

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule the hosted travel experience for any reason, including insufficient demand or force majeure.  Travel insurance is highly recommended and we can assist with competitively priced insurance. All payments are non-refundable.  Amendments will incur change fees which will be advised at the time of changes. Please refer to our complete Terms and Conditions, in our Booking Form and as advertised.

The resort hours are 8.45am – 3.30pm Ms. Thorley will undertake very effort to ensure she is the host for the Masters Ski and Snowboard Week.  However, this cannot be guaranteed, due to reasons beyond our control.

A suitable and equivalent substitute will be provided in the event of Ms. Thorley’s inability to host for any reason.

The hosted tour package price is based on per person twin share, in CDN$ inclusive of local taxes, land only and for the advertised travel period only. Gratuities are not included, and generally expected to be added in the range of 15%-18%.

All travelers ski or snowboard at their own risk, and will be required to sign a Waiver form with Big White Ski Resort Ltd when collecting their lift pass.

Masters Week Terms and Conditions