Olympic Skiing Without the Crowds


While all Olympic eyes were on the slopes of Whistler-Blackcomb for the Winter Olympics, some smart skiers and boarders had a nearby mountain to themselves.

Big White Ski Resort (just a 40 minute flight from Vancouver), is known for its legendary dry, “champagne” snow unique to the OkanaganBig White Ski Resort region. The largest ski-in, ski-out self-contained alpine village in Canada, it has all the top ski resort bells and whistles including tobogganing, dog-sledding, skating, on-site carnivals, trail rides, fireworks, live music and plenty of shops.

Particularly suited to families preferring less crowded, more intimate destinations, Big White (and sister resorts Sun Peaks and Silver Star) are among the best-kept secret ski destinations near Vancouver. Featuring unique ‘snow ghosts’ formations – frost shrouded pines covered by over 22-feet of powdery snow each season-- weekdays on these mountains are sometimes so unpopulated that you might only see a handful of skiers or boarders on each run. Nice.

–Michael Kundu

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