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Where is Big White?

Big White is located in the British Columbia interior, Canada. The Big White ski resort is situated on Big White Mountain, on the edge of the Monashee Mountains, 56km (35 miles) from Kelowna, the largest city in the Okanagan Valley. Or from Kelowna to the base of the Gem Lake chair lift, it’s only 45km (30 miles).

Big White ski resort is 450km east of Vancouver (5.5 hour drive) and 650km west by road from Calgary (8.5 hour drive). The address for Big White is 5315 Big White Road, Kelowna.

Flights to Kelowna

Most travellers access Big White ski resort by flying into Kelowna airport, which is 14km from central Kelowna and 59km from Big White (a 50-60 minute drive).

Various airlines operate regular flights to Kelowna from Vancouver, Calgary, Seattle, Las Vegas and Los Angeles (with United). You can use one of our flight search aggregators to compare flight routes and prices.

Shuttles from Kelowna to Big White

There are regular shuttles from the airport at Kelowna to Big White. These can be booked as part of Big White ski packages.

For a little more money you get the convenience of travelling in style and not having to wait for others with a private limo service.

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Driving to Big White

Once at Big White you won’t need a car, but if Big White isn’t your only destination, getting a rental car at the airport is another option. A large number of car rentals are available from Kelowna Airport. From Kelowna, the drive is east/southeast on highway 97, then onto highway 33 and left onto Big White Road.

The drive up Big White Road is reasonably easy for a ski resort. At times the road is snow covered and you’ll need to exercise caution, but it’s a wide road that’s not particularly windy or steep.

Most Big White accommodation offers dedicated parking. For day trippers the main parking is at the Happy Valley parking lot, and there’s a little parking near the Ridge Day Lodge and at the base of the Black Forest Express. Advanced riders tend to park down at Gem Lake, which cuts about 8km off the drive up from Kelowna.

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Getting Around Big White

Once at Big White you can’t really use your car much because parking up anywhere near the mid-mountain car-free village is very limited. It’s not only a pedestrian village but also ski-through, with the Easy Street green run passing through the village. The snow here is generally very packed down so it’s easy to walk along.

The Big White Road goes up the mountain from the base up to the village, with various small roads that lead off to the accommodations. These roads can be used to walk about although they’re a little dark in the evening. There is also a walking path between Happy Valley at the base and the mid-mountain village, and for those staying in private vacation rentals across at the Snow Pines Estates, there’s a walking path that heads across to the village. These cross a couple of ski runs and the many foot prints in the snow mar the otherwise perfect grooming of the slopes! You’ll definitely want good snow boots for these trails.

Big White has a free shuttle bus that stops at major points around the resort and runs from 7-11am and 4-10pm. Maps and timetables are available via central reservations.

A quick mode of transport between Happy Valley and the mid-mountain village is the Lara Gondola, which is free for pedestrians.

Ski Resorts Nearby

Silver Star ski resort is 123km north of Big White, which equates to about 2 hours by road. There is an inter-mountain shuttle that runs every Tuesday and Thursday for day-trippers. For those moving accommodation, a direct shuttle is available every Wednesday and Saturday, or daily there is a shuttle that goes via Kelowna airport.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is 250km northeast of Big White.
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