Big White: Epic skiing and boarding in British Columbia
Skiing and snowboarding at Big White, British Columbia: steeps, glades, and Champagne powder galore. Welcome to the Kootenay Boundary.
For a look at the mountain at its moodiest and most mysterious, see my photoset Ghosts of the Kootenay Boundary. Yeah, we’re talking seriously low visibility, and you must beware the snow ghosts (trees entirely hidden by ice, snow, and rime) at higher altitudes.
Big White is colder and drier than Whistler, as its inland location would suggest. Plan for ski days that are 10C below what you’re used to. My trip ranged from -3C to -13C, depending on time of day and where I was on the mountain. Layer accordingly: avoid cotton base layers at all costs. Personally I prefer Merino wool, but that’s hardly a ground- (or Ice-)breaking suggestion.
This is one of the reasons why Big White's snow is so brilliant: you don't get the continuous freeze-thaw-freeze cycle that turns even untracked snow into a sticky mess. Don't get me wrong: I love Whistler Blackcomb... but Big White's snow is better, and that's a fact.
So pull a sickie from work and treat yourself to a long weekend at Big White. Just remember: it's not my fault if your boss reads this and you get fired.