There is so much more to do at Big White Ski Resort than just ski, as I found out while working a second ski season there.
These activities are perfect for those who want a break from skiing or who can’t ski but still want to make the most of their time at Big White.
Here are the activities at Big White Ski Resort you need to try.
Go on a Snowshoe tour
For hiking enthusiasts, snowshoeing is a fantastic way to get off the beaten track and explore the mountain’s secluded nordic trails.
You can hire snowshoes from the rental department in the Village Centre Mall and explore by yourself, or book a snowshoe tour.
Being new to snowshoeing, my friends and I went on a snowshoe tour. Our guide was a wealth of knowledge and taught us about the Big White area, the different types of trees and plants growing there, and the wildlife you can encounter in the winter (including squirrels, woodpeckers, rabbits and bobcats).
This is a great activity for everyone to try, with your guide catering the tour to suit your level of fitness.
You can book a snowshoe tour at the Ski School desk in the Village Centre Mall.
A Snowmobile Tour
Is there a more Canadian way to enjoy winter on a mountain? I think not.
In New Zealand I loved ripping around the farm on the motorbike. I thought snowmobiling would be a similar experience, but driving through knee-deep powder was completely different. It was far more exhilarating! Adrenaline junkies, this is the perfect tour for you.
The tours, run by Outback Snowmobile Tours, are suited to all levels. The one or two hour tours are great for beginners or friends wanting to share a bike, and there are also three and four hour tours for the more adventurous.
Snowmobiling is also a great way to see Big White’s stunning backcountry.
For a price list of all tours, visit the Big White website. You can book a snowmobile tour via the concierge desk or by calling 250-491-6111.
Climb an Ice Tower
Where else in British Columbia can you rent $1000 worth of climbing equipment and climb an 18-metre tower of ice (with a guide) for only $25?
This activity is perfect for the adventurous on a budget.
Climbing an ice tower requires a certain level of self-trust. I tried my hand at rock climbing during the summer, so I was pretty confident going in. It was at the half-way point I started to doubt myself. With rock climbing you are fairly certain of your hand grip. If you don’t have the right amount of pressure on the ice picks they can either slip out or get stuck in the ice.
After giving myself a stern pep talk and with plenty of encouragement from my guide, I made it to the top and rang the victory bell.
While this is a challenging activity (mostly mental), don’t be fooled. Children as young as five years old have made it to the top. The oldest person to make it was 75 years old!
Booking is simple, just go to the Ice Tower cabin (located in the Adventure Park in Happy Valley) to check for availability.
Go Dog Sledding
For the adrenaline-loving animal lovers, dog sledding is a thrilling and unique experience to try at Big White. Enjoy the scenic backcountry trails at Big White from the comfort of the sled. For a more authentic experience you can stand on the back of the sled and help drive the dogs.
One of my favourite things about Big White is the dog population, so getting to meet the team of Canadian sled dogs at Candle Creek Kennels was a real treat! It was heartwarming to see the affection between my guide and his dogs. The dogs were incredibly trusting and cuddly. One dog, aptly named Pancake, promptly fell asleep on my feet as I scratched her belly.
As soon as my guide started to get the sled ready, all of the dogs started barking with excitement hoping to be selected for the days excursion.
Make sure you bring sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes from flying snow; wear warm clothing and appropriate winter boots.
To book a dog sledding tour, go to the Concierge desk in the Village Centre Mall or phone 250 491 6111.
Photos courtesy of Big White Ski Resort
I hope this article has given you some inspiration to try these awesome activities at Big White Ski Resort. Thank you Big White for accommodating me! As usual, all opinions are my own.
Are you planning a trip to Big White? Which of these activities are you excited to try?