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A TASTE OF THE THOMPSON OKANAGAN: WINTER 2010

paired up with the region’s best activities.

region offers skiers and board aficionados the ultimate in ski-in/ski-out convenience at all four of its major resorts. Champagne powder. Probably the two most

This upcoming season represents another

delicious sounding words ever created in

chance to explore epic groomed runs, deep

the English language—especially if you ski

powder bowls, and adrenalin pumping chutes

or snowboard. The Thompson Okanagan is

that allow you to float through take-your-

a virtual playground for winter activities

breath-away snow-laden trees.

and the home of this prize commodity. The

Thompson Okanagan BEST IN BUBBLE THE REGION’S OTHER “CHAMPAGNE” POWDER BLUE MOUNTAIN VINEYARD BRUT

SUMMERHILL ESTATE CIPES BRUT

ELEPHANT ISLAND

PINK ELEPHANT SPARKLING ROSE

SUMAC RIDGE

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GRAY MONK ESTATE ODYSSEY ROSE BRUT

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GET READY FOR BIG WHITE – IT’S THE SNOW! Big White is aptly named, as it receives over 750cm of natural, dry Okanagan champagne powder. Throw over 100 runs, bowls and glades on top, and there is plenty of adventure for all ski and board abilities. You’ll find everything from long gentle groomers to the steep and deep of the Cliff to the thrill of skiing amongst the Snow Ghosts, Big White’s signature snow-laden trees. You’ll be happy to know the words ‘lift line’ are not in this mountain’s vocabulary. Big White’s modern lift system includes 6 express lifts. As you stroll the streets of the alpine village, Canada’s largest totally ski-in/ski-out resort, you and up to 17,000 other guests can soak up the mountain vibe in hotels, condominiums, townhomes and even private chalets. It’s no surprise that with all this, Big White is rated one of the top 5 family resorts in the world. If Big White has the epic resort feel covered, then Valemount is the place for something completely different. Adventurous Nordic skiers, backcountry lovers, heli-skiers, and even those wishing to try out their snowmobiling skills will find something to do in this natural paradise, without pretensions.


A TASTE OF THE THOMPSON OKANAGAN: WINTER 2010

DISCOVER MY MOUNTAIN AT SILVER STAR. People love to call Silver

TASTE THE SUNSHINE OF SUN PEAKS. If you are looking for

Star Mountain Resort “my mountain.” And

vertical, you are looking for Sun Peaks. And

really, why shouldn’t they? This intimate

if you want that epic height, not to mention

resort’s cup overflows with friendliness.

nearly 20 feet of annual snow served up with

Locals love to actually take you on their

copious sunshine, you are also looking here.

favourite runs rather than keeping it all to

Sun Peaks has over 2,000 hours of sunshine

themselves. And Silver Star’s picturesque

every year and this glorious sun-worshiping

Victorian-themed village is like something

skifest is only 45 minutes from Kamloops.

out of a storybook with its multicoloured

Here you can enjoy two alpine bowls, plenty

lodging painted across the snowy landscape.

of cruising green rides, surprising and varied

But don’t let the friendliness and charm of

blue runs, and plenty of steep and deep.

this loveable ski-in/ski-out village fool you, there is silky smooth groomed cruisers on the front side and party on the backside with legendary black diamonds on Putnam Creek. Plus Nordic enthusiasts can enjoy over 60 kms of groomed, tracked and night-lit trails

And the word is out on this mountain’s gladed stashes too, which are loaded with powder, making this family friendly resort one of the “Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America” according to Conde Naste Traveller.

conveniently located at your doorstep. No wonder visitors find it so easy to fall in love with the fairy tale that is “my mountain”.

TIME FOR SOME STEEP AND DEEP. For those looking for a winter adventure slightly off the beaten path there’s

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Mt. Baldy. This hidden gem is where the locals head to find untracked powder, ski among the trees, and get in some serious boarding. Thirty-five runs and 460 hectares of trails are just minutes away from Oliver, Osoyoos and Penticton and found right in the heart of Desert Wine Country.

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BIG WHITE SKI RESORT

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Runs: 118 Vert: 777m Terrain: 1,038ha Snow: Over 700cm/year Vancouver Victoria

And last but certainly not least on your mustski list is Apex Mountain Resort. Here is where

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you find the steep stuff. Since 1961, skiers have

down a Doublebarrel. No wonder Ski Canada

flocked here to enjoy the endless and excellent

Magazine called this a Best Gem of a Resort

steep and deep rides. And you’re never more

in 2009. And best of all, both Apex and Mt.

than a snowball’s throw from the intimate

Baldy are close enough to sneak in some wine

village and the infamous Gunbarrel Saloon.

tasting runs on the way to dinner.

Canada’s #1 Ski Bar is home of the Gunbarrel coffee, where flaming Grand Marnier is poured

THOMPSON OKANAGAN SKIING BY THE NUMBERS

Hungry for ski this coming season? There’s nothing better after a day on the slopes than great food and drinks. For more ideas, special offers, and other great pairings, or to see why the area has been awarded the prestigious Gold Medal Plate award, visit thompsonokanagan.com.

Runs: 122 Vert: 881m Terrain: 1,488ha Sunshine: 2,000 hours/year APEX MOUNTAIN RESORT

Runs: 67 Vert: 610m Terrain: 450ha Terrain parks: 3 SILVER STAR MOUNTAIN RESORT

Runs: 115 Vert: 760m Terrain: 1,214ha Longest Run: Eldorado, 8km MOUNT BALDY

Runs: 35 Vert: 394m Terrain: 3,162ha Cross country trails: 20km


Ski: Thompson Okanagan