Big White Ski

Big White Ski is a ski area located in the province of British Columbia in Canada. The resort is in the town of Kelowna, BC.

We recently ranked all of British Columbia's ski resorts, so you can see where Big White Ski stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Big White Ski is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Big White Ski. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Big White Ski's website.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Big White Ski around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Big White Ski Terrain Overview

Big White Ski has a total of 118 ski trails, which are serviced by 16 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,765 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,119 hectares, 4.3 square miles, or 11.2 square kilometers.

Big White Ski's slopes see on average 282 inches (86 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 23 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
2,765(11 km2)
Annual Snowfall
282"(8,595 cm)

Big White Ski Elevation

Big White Ski has a summit elevation of 7,606 feet, or 2,318 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 5,056 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,550 feet (777 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Big White Ski's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
7,606'(2,318 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,550'(777 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
5,056'(1,541 m)

Big White Ski Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
55.8out of 100
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Big White Ski's difficulty level of 55.8 is above average. 81% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Big White Ski has 2,765 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Big White Ski's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 57% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 24% as expert.
Green Circle
19%(528 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
57%(1,587 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
24%(650 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Big White Ski good for beginners?

Big White Ski is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 76% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Big White Ski Location

Big White Ski is located in the province of British Columbia, Canada. This ski area is nearest the town of Kelowna, BC.

Kelowna, BC V1P Canada
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GPS Coordinates:
49.72163, -118.92877

Getting to Big White Ski

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Big White Ski), its coordinates of 49.72163, -118.92877 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Kelowna, BC to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Big White Ski.

Kelowna International AirportYLWKelowna, BC41 km
Penticton AirportYYFPenticton, BC56 km
Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional AirportYCGCastlegar, BC105 km

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Big White Ski, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Big White Ski.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Baldy Mountain ResortOliver, BC6,965 ft35%67 km
Silverstar MountainSpallumcheen, BC6,283 ft62%72 km
Sovereign Lake Nordic CenterVernon, BC6,060 ft32%72 km
Phoenix Mountain Ski AreaGrand Forks, BC4,652 ft36%73 km
Apex MountainHedley, BC7,187 ft49%80 km
Summit Lake Ski AreaNakusp, BC3,018 ft11%104 km
RED MountainRossland, BC6,807 ft70%106 km
Echo ValleyColville, WA3,900 ft48%140 km
Harper MountainKamloops, BC5,000 ft43%141 km
Sun PeaksSun Peaks, BC7,060 ft65%146 km
RevelstokeRevelstoke, BC7,300 ft97%148 km

Big White Ski Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation7,606 ft
Base Elevation5,056 ft
Vertical Drop2,550 ft
(19% Beginner,  57% Intermediate,  24% Expert)
Skiable Acres2,765
Avg. Annual Snowfall282 inches
Big White Ski Mountain Stats