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Big White Advice?

Saturday afternoon I will arrive from Ontario at Big White with my wife and 12 y/o daughter for a week. Stoked after another crappy ontario winter..

I'm a decent intermediate rider will ride the single blacks at Whistler most of the time, unless conditions are really sketchy. My kid is similar, and my wife rides the Blues and has fun on them at Whistler but wouldn't do the black runs there. When the three of us are at Whistler we rotate between ridge runner etc, seventh heaven, symphony and harmony as our favorite areas. We ride most weekends through the winter in Ontario.

Looking for advice in terms of where to go on the hill, best conditions for different areas etc for when we are all together. Good areas for trees, especially easy tree stuff that is fairly open that would be easy and fun for everyone.

Also, there will be times where my daughter and I will be out just the two of us where we would be up for more challenging terrain up to the single black range at whistler.

Also what are the best places to eat at the resort, price not really an object, we're on vacation so happy to splurge on dinners.

Thanks in advance!
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I have no advice as I am also in Ont. but wanted to say have an amazing amazing trip!!!!! It will be fabulous no matter what you guys do. My kids are around the same age as your DD and I love riding with them.

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I was there last March with my club - first time there for me.

Honestly, it's all good.
Very few groomers, which is a nice change coming from Ontario.
Big open bowl to skier's left from the base - requires a hike, but well worth it when there is powder.
Trees were fun - not too tight.
Almost every designated trail was very enjoyable to ride.
Terrain park is fabulous - banked slalom course, separate beginner/intermediate/advanced tracks with both jumps and jibs for each level. Even if you don't do park, I would check it out - a good way to introduce yourself to park with the beginner tracks, and the banked course is fun.

Several dining options, although I can't recommend any over the others - I mostly ate in my room which had a full kitchen.

Possibly the best run resort to which I have been btw.

Warning: there is one hotel that is close to a group of restaurants/bars. The night life crowd will keep you up with their revelry until 2:00 am closing. Hopefully you are not booked at that hotel.
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Hey man, you will love BW.

It is not as steep or intimidating as Whistler. So a lot of the areas will be reasonable for your group. The way their lifts are arranged is very nice because you can head to any direction from the lifts and hit anything you like.

There's very few places to get killed compared to Whistler hahah

A couple really nice places to eat right by the main lodge. I forgot their names but all ride in ride out and there's a supermarket right there too. You can ride all day until 10pm and can even hit your room for eating if you want, without losing much time.

Fun for everyone is difficult to assess, and so for terrain it depends what your group is comfortable doing. Great tree riding... nicely spaced and not very steep; you can weave in and out anytime so if your group finds it's too much you can mix the trees with some groomers and trails and it's not too bad. But in my opinion, hit every chair and do a couple scoping runs to see what interests you.

Bigger bowls if you go Alpine T's or Cliff chair. I think it's black and double blacks but check them out and see it you want to hit them. It's worth it unless it's a mogul field

There's a nice park or so I've heard. I only did the slalom course. Real fun.

Steepest and most fun trees are probably off Powder Chair, Falcon Chair and Gem Lake. More mellow trees off Snow Ghost, Bullet and Black Forrest.... Gem Lake reaches the lowest El, so if it's warm, there may be some icy conditions near the bottom.
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@F1EA just that summary alone made me want to do a trip, definitely on the list. Sounds like some killer terrain and a lot of variety
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@F1EA just that summary alone made me want to do a trip, definitely on the list. Sounds like some killer terrain and a lot of variety
hahaha well.... on top of that you have the snow quality. It's unreal.
And the vibe.... super chill.

Not as gnarly as Revelstoke, Kicking Horse or even Whistler. But it's got enough good terrain for everyone.
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Big White is one of the funnest places to ride / spend a vacation. Not as wild and gnarly as places like Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Red & Whitewater - but one of my favorite places to ride

Pros include:
-best ski-in / ski-out
-some of the best / most consistent snow in BC
-endless trees to explore without having to worry about getting lost / cliffed out /spending the night in the woods etc
-easy access from Kelowna airport
-laid-back vibe
-small lift lines (pretty much 0 during the week)

Any of the blues in the Black Forest, Bullet & Ridge / Snow Ghost lifts will be perfect for your family. If you want more of a challenge, go to Powder, Falcon & Gem Lake (Gem is where a lot of locals will spend their day). Cliff is double-black terrain. Easter Chutes can have crazy deep snow (but you might want to have a local show you how to get there). On a bluebird and / or pow day, definitely head up the t-bar to the top.

Pretty much all of the bars / restaurants in the village are good. Snowshoe Sams is good for rowdy apres / late-night. Bullwheel and the Woods are good pubs (Woods has an outdoor patio on the weekends - Sunday caesars are a bit of a tradition there). The upstairs of Snowshoes and the Kettle Valley Steakhouse are good for a bit fancier dinner. There is also a small grocery store and liquor store up there, but if you are staying in a condo, try to get groceries / supplies in Kelowna before you head up (it will be much cheaper / better selection).

If you have any specific questions, let me know!
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I'm contemplating Big White also i the next few weeks. How are the roads to get there?

I went up to Sasquatch mountain a few weekends ago and that is not the best road. haha.
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