Big White - Andrew Jay photo


Route 97 Ski Touring — Big White, Kelowna / Silver Star, Vernon

Explore two world-class Ski Resorts & Nordic centre within a two-hour drive!

“Champagne powder” skiing simply doesn’t get any better than at these two family-friendly resorts, located less than an hour from Kelowna International Airport. Panoramic mountain vistas, endless cruising runs, snow-choked glades and bowls, and two state-of-the-art Telus Park terrain parks draw skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. An added bonus! — the world class Soveriegn Lake Nordic Centre.

Days 1 & 2 — Travel to Kelowna and Big White Ski Resort

Travel to Kelowna and take Highway 33 east and then turn left for Big White Ski Resort. Nestled in the Monashee Mountain range, Big White is both ‘big’ (2,765 acres) and ‘white’ – blessed with 24.5 feet (750 centimetres) of world famous champagne powder. The variety of terrain is immense with over 130 runs for all abilities, complemented by numerous powder bowls and skiing and boarding in the frozen ‘snow ghost’ trees. The mountain is serviced by one of the most state-of-the-art largest lift systems in Canada, including four express quad chairs, an eight-passenger gondola, and the Snow Ghost Express, Canada’s longest six-seat chairlift. Big White Ski Resort is a convenient, picturesque village with overnight accommodation for 15,000 guests.

Other winter activities include snowmobiling, dog sledding, sleigh rides, ice skating, ice climbing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, spas, and the Mega Snow Coaster tubing park. Enjoy your stay!
Alternative accommodation is available in Kelowna, approximately an hour west of Big White. Off-season rates and ski/stay packages are often in effect.

Travel Trade Partners:
Grizzli Winery

Big White Resort, Kelowna photo credit: Andrew Jay

Big White Resort, Kelowna photo credit: Andrew Jay

Day 3 — Big White Ski Resort to SilverStar Mountain Resort (2 hours)

Spend the morning skiing at Big White Ski Resort and follow the Big White Road and Highway 33 back to Kelowna, then take Highway 97 north to Vernon. Spend the afternoon at SilverStar Mountain Resort, located 22 km northeast of Vernon.

Alternative accommodation is available in Vernon, approximately twenty minutes west of Silver Star. Off-season rates and ski/stay packages are often in effect.

Days 4, 5, & 6 — Silver Star Mountain Resort

Storybook charm, warm friendly staff, legendary powder, and 3,282 skiable acres. Welcome to SilverStar Mountain Resort! SilverStar’s charming, pedestrian-only village offers convenient ski-in, ski-out access to SilverStar’s hotels, boutique retail shops, restaurants, and cafes. SilverStar’s magical village offers a great selection of hotels across a wide variety of price ranges, award-winning vacation homes, suites, and condos each with their own unique style and warm hospitality. The Victorian-inspired, mid-mountain village provides ski-in, ski-out access from every doorstep. Thanks to the Okanagan valley’s unique micro-climate, SilverStar receives over 700 cms (275 inches +) annually of the lightest and driest snow in the world. Over the next few days, enjoy over 132 runs on two very different mountain faces — the Vance Creek for families and Putnam Creek for the more adventurous.

Travel Trade Partners:
SilverStar Mountain Resort

SilverStar Resort, Vernon

SilverStar Resort, Vernon

With over a hundred kilometres of cross country trails at the resort and adjacent Sovereign Lakes Nordic Centre, SilverStar’s cross-country trails are truly world class – indeed, many Olympic athletes have trained here! You could spend a week or more at SilverStar without skiing and never run out of things to do! The Tube Town park offers endless family fun. Go on a professionally guided snowmobile or snowshoe tour, take the whole family on a sleigh ride or enjoy a massage at one of the on-site spas. How about ice skating on Brewer’s Pond, or an indoor rock-climbing lesson? You can even snowshoe to the rustic, warm Wild Horseman’s Cabin for a fondue dinner!

Alternative accommodation is available in Vernon, approximately twenty minutes west of Silver Star. Off-season rates and ski/stay packages are often in effect.

Destination Information:
Tourism Vernon
Tourism Kelowna