One word sums up Canada: powder. This vast country is the home of epic snowfalls and untracked terrain, of mythical mountain ranges, jaw-dropping glacial scenery and forested hills stretching to the horizon.
Sitting in the heart of British Columbia, Big White is a must for those who like to ski or snowboard on rolling pistes through dense forest. This car-free and purpose built village offers some top rate ski-in, ski-out accommodation and is very family-friendly. As with many such on-mountain villages, it lacks a little charm, but it makes up for that with excellent facilities. Big White’s Tot Town Day Care will keep your little non-skiers happy and there’s even a kids-only shop, full of little ski clothing and sweets. Rolling would best describe this mountain. There are some very testing areas, but it’s mainly rolling pistes which run through the trees, making Big White a truly fantastic mountain for beginners and intermediates. There are some perfect beginner slopes, and mile upon mile of expertly groomed pistes to progress onto. Advanced skiers and snowboarders should not be put off though, especially those that like getting air, as the terrain park is world class. The board/skicross course is first rate too, and often hosts World Cup races. Snowshoe Sam’s is the best bet for a couple of beers post-ski, with live music and pretty good food. The Moose Lounge, in the Happy Valley Lodge, has an almost joyful happy hour and if you’re not too ashamed to return after that, its breakfast is good too. For Italian, try 6 Degrees Bistro.