Big White

Big White

Overall Rating

Big White

Big White4/518
Big White4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews
  • Recommend
    94%
  • Would Revisit
    72%

Big White - Reviews

Big White - Reviews

Big White: Back to back and back again

August Kovse
19/04/2020
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Big White: Back to back and back again

August Kovse
19/04/2020
Well, it's 3 years out of 4. The snow was WOW. While those at Whistler could hardly ski, we at Big White were waist deep in the stuff. So much snow that on some days it was just too much for these poor legs to handle.

At the end of our week we still love the place. The Bull Wheel was not as good this year in terms of food, but the black diamond grill was better.

We stayed over bear the black forest and it is true ski in ski out. The kids were in school again. One comment here. Race school is not really race school. So That would be the one thing I would not recommend. My son still loved it though and Guy did give some really good tips.

For us Aussies you really need to watch some of the greens here. Highway 33 is steeper than most blue runs in places but is really wide which makes it green.

The people are really helpful, we just love the place. The only issue, The white out is real, and it does make things very hard at times. This year that was around lot . We did not see the blue sky.

So, after 3 years and a visit to whistler would we return. Absolutely. The kids just love the place.

Make sure you get a Beaver Tail. All they need now is Cows Ice cream and you have the complete Canadian Experience.

Big White 2020

26/01/2020

David

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

David

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Big White 2020

26/01/2020
We are a family of 3: 2 skiers and 1 boarder. We have skied NZ and Australia but this was our first trip to Canadia. We were amazed at the powder. We had never experienced snow like that before. It snowed most nights leaving a few cm of powder on the groomed runs - beautiful.

We had 3 days of excellent visibility out of 9. 2 were blue skys and sunshine. Some of the time the vis was bad, especially higher up the mountain. You just have to take to the trees, if you have the skills. However the snow was excellent for the entire trip. Some say that you can't have fresh snow every day and no fog. Keep in mind that we went in January. We heard that February and March have more sunshine days. We are thinking if we return it will be in one of those two months.

We stayed at Sundance which was excellent and had great ski in ski out access. The staff at the front desk went beyond expectations. The complimentary shuttle bus run by Sundance was a great luxury. Highly recommended.

Big White staff were between good and excellent. Our best experience with staff were at Sundance and gear rental.

90% of the time there were no lift lineups. However on weekends it did get busier. Sometimes we had to wait 15 minutes for a lift.

We also thought that green runs at BW had steep sections that would have made it a blue in Aus, however the landing is softer at BW.

Stay 2 + weeks if you can and buy an early bird season pass. As well as being cheaper you get lots of discounts for other things on mountain such as lessons. It also means that if you get a foggy day you can take a rest day and do other things such as walking through the snow-covered forest.

So epic we're heading back for more

23/10/2019

Blair

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy

Blair

Powder Puppy
Powder Puppy
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

So epic we're heading back for more

23/10/2019
Visited in Feb 2018, coming from NZ it was awesome to be staying a stones throw from the lifts, up in the action ,
our trip was for 15 nights, we had about 7 sunny days and 7 or 8 snow days with a couple of mornings offering some epic knee deep super light POW,
With our two young daughters with us 6.5 and 4.5 years old big white seemed to tick all the needs when reading up about it.
Big white far excessed our hopes and we've booked to go back in feb 2020
The ski school drop off time of 8;30Am allowed us to love ya and leave them to be on the first lifts to catch the freshies , 3 hours of bliss until 12pm pick up, with the super fast lifts my wife and I clocked up way more ski time than what you can do in NZ ,
As for the ski instructors/ school, they were awesome, both our girls improved so fast, each afternoon was spent with them leading US around the main ski basin area, bullet and Black Forest chairs.
As for crowds , the longest wait for the chair was on the Sunday morning of family weekend ( I think ) 5 minutes, the week days felt like we were on a private ski hill no matter where you were on the mountain.
I was still riding clean tracks on the pow mornings at 11 am, going a little into the trees and having a blast,
I read about big white being famous for white outs, very true as being at the very top in the white is horrible , ( plus side was no one around )And we got the famous big white OUT, I managed to get some good bearings on the clear days and when it was white at the tops no one was up there , the trees just below top of the lifts gave great vis to scoot around with some epic terrain off the powder chair.
Black Forest chair also provided great vis when everywhere else on the hill was white out, but everyone kinda masses there due to this, again 1 or two minutes in a lift line is very minamal
We stay at grizzly lodge , two bedroom with hot tub, EPIC, room 107 I think, WE cooked our own meals and took advantage of the food / groceries deliver service and ordered all our food for our stay, which was delivered to our room before our arrival ,
epic views out over the Valley, only down side was a walk up or down the road to the lifts, Base area, mellow if by your self but with our two girls and not much road due the heavy snow build up's it was a bit dicey , NOT ski in or ski out, as advertised, we are staying at another location next time but I would definitly stay there again.
I rated big white for the easiness of getting around, with kids, the lack of crowds, the snow, the accomm
staff / ski school ,

best resort in canada

zane halperin
26/09/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    January

best resort in canada

zane halperin
26/09/2018
loved every second

Big white is big white for a reason

Fergus
19/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

Big white is big white for a reason

Fergus
19/01/2018
Big white was good but you could never see which was a shame

Back at Big White

August Kovse
14/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Back at Big White

August Kovse
14/01/2018
We have just made our second visit to Big White in 2 years. We are a family of 4. One of the risks you take on returning to the same place again after such a great time the proceeding year is will you enjoy it as much.

In short, all family members enjoyed it more, much more. This is a very special place. We love Banff, we also went to sunshine and Lake Louise on our trip, but, from a skiing perspective this place is better unless you are a Revellstoke or kicking horse Junky where its hard to ski if you are not super good.

We stayed at Copper Kettle which was great and ski in ski out. Its a short walk to the village (less then 10 minutes) There is a bus service or the staff will run you home if required and lazy.

It snowed 8 days straight there, temperatures were -2 to -8. Dizzy did a fantastic job again this year with my wife and doubled here skiing ability with a change of skis, which were try before you buy.

In terms of night life and food there is far more to do and eat at night over Silver star, A couple of notable places, "the Kettle", "6 Degrees" and the Black Diamond Grill. All great food and wine from local regions. All have food for kids. The Bull Wheel is a great pub.

The ski school for the kids is still great. Did I mention no lift wait time?

Will we be back yes, and if we win the lottery, we will buy a place there...

For the Aussies the 3 resorts in the Area are all good. You can start some healthy debate comparing them. Our views are: Silverstar is quieter, Sun Peaks is more spread out, Big White we think offers a balance. All, unlike whistler where you can start with rain, freezing rain, mushy snow and powder ontop, making for icy terrain are just pure powder all the way.

We just love it.

August.

Big White rentals

Sarah Dettwiler
07/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Big White rentals

Sarah Dettwiler
07/01/2018
Don't know if we just happened to be there on an off-day, but after spending rather a lot of money on one-day lift passes for the family, the day started off with rather a sour taste when it took the three of us over an hour of standing in queues to hire skis, boots and poles. Was this some sort of management conspiracy to keep us off the pistes? Having skied at Silver Star a couple of days previously, where the whole process took 10 minutes, I would definitely put Big White in the 'could-do-better' category. Lockers are hopelessly small, and there didn't appear to be anywhere nearby to eat a packed lunch. The resort is much more suited to season pass holders. If you only have a day or two, it's Silver Star all the way!

Ski Trajic's

Paul & Jeni
09/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    5

Ski Trajic's

Paul & Jeni
09/09/2017
Long Lifts, Long Runs
Tree Riding
Scenic Sunsets
Treelined Runs
Village tooking toward Chateau
First time to Big White and Canada, we have skied/snowboarded in Australia and New Zealand for last 20 years or so. From the moment we arrived at Big White we knew we had found something special and all week we were just blown away by the snow quality and how much of it there was, how beautiful the place was and how uncrowded it was from what we're used to in Australia. I'm probably an intermediate snowboarder but because of the shear quality of the snow I was tackling black runs because I had no fear of falling and hitting compacted concrete-like snow. The runs are so long and entertaining to go down I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I would stop half way down just to take in the shear beauty of the place and the size of the place, I really felt like I was in heaven.

We stayed at Chateau Big White and although it would probably be classed as an older type apartment accommodation it was really well kept and spotless and we wouldn't think twice at staying there again. We also went several times to the onsite restaurant, Black Diamond, and the food was very nice especially lunch time. Chateau Big White is in the perfect spot for lifts, the town centre and other restaurants and pubs.

It is a very laid back, family friendly orientated resort where everyone just seems to respect each others space on the mountain. Also lots of activities on offer other than skiing and boarding.

In closing we just cannot wait to go back it was the best holiday.

Big White 2017 Review

August Kovse
29/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Big White 2017 Review

August Kovse
29/01/2017
Powder Hounds,

I looked at your web site when I picked the place so I thought you should know how it went.

Firstly, for those travelling from Australia you need to know that green here is not green at home.

We stayed at two places stone gate and bullet creek. Both were great, but if money is not object stonegate is the go.

The resort broadly divides itself into two, The runs below central reservations and those above on the mountain. The runs below are like Australia, Green is pretty well green. The runs above, green is like blue or black.

The place is huge and the snow was great despite people saying there was not as much as last year.

The kids ski school is a must. My son improved so much.

A few other comments. If you are thinking of getting new boots prior to arrival don't. Go to Dizzy's. Pricing is OK, but, the sheer level of service to get it right was awesome.

Food is good but can be pricey. The kids activities are brilliant. So local market shop is like an IGA, there is no need to pre book.

Would we go again, yep. With Bells on.

August

Underrated

Dan
02/09/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Underrated

Dan
02/09/2016
I visited here 3 years ago and have since visited many others. With respect to whiteouts, you get those all over BC. If you're good enough to head into the trees, whiteouts are no problem. The combination of winding cruisers, soft snow, great trees, great terrain park, no lift lines (Presidents' Day/Ontario, Alberta Family Day wasn't even that bad due to good lift infrastructure). Also lots of very reasonable accommodation.

This site likely has some great skiers and riders on it who crave the thrilling stuff amd those marks are bringing down the average.
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