08 | RESORT: Big White
HELENE Bowater, 27 Ski Instructor Big White, 2008
BIG WHITE, BRITISH COLUMBIA Luxury Accommodation in Canada’s Largest Ski-in/ Ski-out Village
THE HILL - Despite being one of Canada’s five largest ski resorts, Big White is refreshingly uncommercialised and lift lines…well, them other resorts can keep ‘em! Biggie is wellregarded by those “in the know” in the search for pristine powder snow. The weather rolls in from the Pacific Ocean, dries out on its journey over interior BC and, when it hits the Monashee Range, the slopes of Big White get hammered by bucket-loads of Canada’s driest, fluffiest powder snow! A natural playground, Biggie is incredibly fun to ride. It offers fantastic training terrain that is ideal for the SnowSkool course; lots of cruisy greens and wide-open blue runs that are essential for perfecting drills and learning the more technical details of skiing/ riding like a snowpro. To test your mettle, you can move on to the tougher black runs, drop into the doubleblack diamond Cliff Area or hit up the steeps & deeps underneath the Powder Chair. The Snow Park is super well-tuned with some insane hits and rails and you can flip, spin and
slide to the sounds of the latest beats pumped out by the Park Crew! But Big White is probably most famous for its tree-skiing…wherever you are on the hill, cast the piste map aside and dive into the nearest patch of trees to experience a different line every day! THE COMMUNITY - Big White is Canada’s largest ski-in/ ski-out village…the High Street in Big White is actually a pisted ski run! Although commonplace in Europe, ski-in/ skiout access is not so easy to come by in North America and the benefits of being able to clip in at the back door of your digs are hard to
MOTTO IS “IT’S THE SNOW” IN REFERENCE TO CANADA’S LIGHTEST, FLUFFIEST POWDER
over-emphasise. You’ll quickly appreciate the simple things like an extra half hour in bed on a cold Canadian winter morning or the ability to return home for lunch! Like it should be, the slopes form the main part of the resort’s infrastructure and are a useful way to access all the local amenities – restaurants, bars and shops. The atmosphere in Big White is friendly and super-relaxed but with some great bars and a bustling nightlife. ACCOMMODATION - In spite of all our tight organisation and hard work, feedback tells us that the main draw of the SnowSkool Big White course is the accommodation! All students are housed in luxurious and spacious ski-in/ skiout apartments, each with a private hot tub as well as a swimming pool and gym. Whatever we say about it, you will be overawed! You can finish your day’s lessons and be in the hot-tub on your balcony with a cold beer in your hand within two minutes of leaving the pistes. After dinner, fall into one of the huge leather sofas, stoke a fire and relaaaaaaax!
RESORT STATS Average Annual Snowfall: Area: Number of Runs: Terrain Breakdown: Top Elevation:
25ft 2,765 acres 118 named runs/ 27 unnamed 18% beginner – 54% intermediate – 28% expert 7,606ft / 2,319m
Freestyle: Telus Terrain Park with range of jumps (from 5ft to 30ft), 7ft quarterpipe, various boxes & rails (from 8ft box to Stepchild Round Rail - street style with Donkey Kick), halfpipe and skier-/ boarder-cross circuit
SKOOL BREAKDOWN AGE PROFILE
TYPICAL GENDER RATIO
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After impressing during her training course, Helene was approached by the Big White Ski and Board School with a job offer for 2008/09.
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25+ AVERAGE AGE
“After talking to SnowSkool about what I was looking for from my ski instructor course, I knew that Big White was the ideal place for me – great skiing (and somewhere to learn how to ski powder!), luxury lodgings on-hill, a friendly ski community and a more “mature” crowd on the course. It lived up to expectations in every regard!”
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