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Peak of the Week: Big White, BC Canada

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Big White Resort

FIVE-FAST-FACTS about Big White Resort 

1. 50 YEARS & COUNTING. This season Big White celebrates their 50th year anniversary. Its home city, Kelowna, is happily joining in on the celebration by presenting a Gold Pass that has many benefits. Big White stays open longer than any other Resort in the Okanagan, purposely to enjoy more snow! Stay tuned on Big White's Events Calendar to see what they'll have in the coming season to further celebrate their incredible 50 years! Here's a tease of what they'll have coming...  "Big Reds" at Big White. Opening Day is expected December 1st, 2012. 


2. RUNWAY EXTENSION. The city of Kelowna is now home a new Runway Extension that increased the runway from 7,300 feet to 9,000 feet, allowing non-stop International Flights, including Los Angeles this year! First time even you can visit the area without a connection thru Calgary or Vancouver. This places Kelowna as the third international gateway in British Columbia. 


3. THE CHAIRS. Big White opened in 1963 with two simple T-Bars. Since then they have grown to have many triple and quad chairs, which at the time of their growth was legendary for a Resort to incorporate. Their famous chairs are; 1970's: Ridge (double), Powder, Easter & Village (triple). 1980's: Ridge Rocket Express (quad) & Bullet Express. 1990's: Falcon Chair, Gem Lake Express (quad). 2000's: Snow Ghost Express (six person) 


4. BIGTIME. Big White Ski Resort is the biggest Resort in British Colombia. The mountain summit is at 7,608 feet. Big Whites impressive Chair Lift developments allowed for much improved access to Ski Terrain. Since 1996 terrain increased by 60%. The TELUS Park terrain park added a whole new dimension for boarders, as well as the constant addition of new runs.The Telus terrain park boasts a progression system based around Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large park features, designed to allow the rider to understand the size and shape found in terrain parks. The concept to teaching while riding, certainly lives up to its kudos worldwide. The park is open for late-night riding, as well as a very hearty activity schedule year round. 


5. AUSTRALIAN CONNECTION. An Australian family bought the Resort in 1986, The Schumann's. It was their vision to create a family-friendly ski-in/ski-out resort and to continually expand the destination. Their Australian connection has lead to a strong young, energetic friendly feel. In 2002 they also acquired the Silver Star Mountain Resort in nearby Vernon, giving visitors more options. 



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