Big White sure has a lot of BIG and exciting updates everyone can enjoy well beyond the 2018-2019 ski season. Situated almost an hour outside of Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada, this resort is going to truly see some well-deserved changes.
In an effort to boost lift capacity, they have followed the path of many other resorts and are upgrading one of their oldest and most popular triple chairlifts. It will be replaced by a four-passenger Leitner Poma lift. The $3.9 million upgrade will be able to move 2,400 passengers an hour. Guests can maximize their time on the mountain more effectively. The prospect of a speedier chairlift also cuts down on standing in long lines.
The skier tunnel located at the resort had been widened to alleviate skier foot traffic on the Hummingbird run. The resort has increased the width from 25 to 60 feet, which will make quite a difference. Big White invested $1.5 million in this particular project, making the trek across the terrain a stress-free experience. Those moving around on foot will also get to take advantage of the tunnel without experiencing any unwanted collisions as people pass through.
Anyone who enjoys immaculate glades will be happy about the grooming and glading upgrades Big White underwent. There’s now even more amazing terrain to glide along in areas like the bottom of the Ridge, around the new Powder Chair ski lift, and runs in the Black Forest. Along with these changes the resort has purchased a new winter groomer. The machine will allow for more precise grooming work and continuing providing optimal skiing surfaces. If their fleet wasn’t already impressive then this addition will now take them to the next level.
Making a positive environmental impact is something Big White is committed to accomplishing for their guests. Many of their recent initiatives will help inspire countless visitors to keep the resort eco-friendly and in tip-top shape. A new waste management program at Happy Valley Day Lodge lets the resort manage waste responsibly, limiting items like plastic straws that end up harming the environment. New water bottle filling stations will also be found around Big White, reducing plastic bottle usage. The hope is that these changes will encourage everyone to utilize reusable water bottles. With great skiing, amazing food, AND an eco-friendly culture, what’s not to love about Big White?
Big White started out with a dream and passion to provide excellent skiing opportunities for people in Kelowna. Over time, the resort began to shape itself into the amazing landscape you have today and made a name for themselves in more ways than one. Now it’s home to more than just the residents who live close to the mountain. People from across the world have been able to experience what makes this resort so thrilling.