After another 30cm of fresh powder over the weekend, Big White Ski Resort is excited to announce that it will open early for the 2015/2016 ski season. The resort will start spinning lifts at 8:45 a.m. this Friday, November 13, nearly two weeks earlier than originally expected. This date marks the earliest the resort has opened since the 2001/2002 season.

With a cumulative snowfall of 87cm to date this season, Big White is one of the top resorts for snowfall in British Columbia and Alberta.

big-white-bullet"Our on mountain team works so hard at this time of year to make sure that seasons pass holders and visitors get on the snow as soon as Mother Nature allows," says Michael J. Ballingall, senior vice-president of Big White Ski Resort Ltd. "It's always been the family's policy to open a lift as soon as snow permits and it's safe to do so, and that's what we've done again this year."

At this stage, resort officials expect the Ridge Rocket Express Quad chair, the Plaza Quad chair and Lara's Gondola to be operating. All lifts will operate until 3:30 p.m. daily, except for Lara's Gondola, which will operate until 5:00 p.m. Open runs will include Highway 33, Serwa's, Easy Out, Easy Street and Hummingbird.


Skiers and snowboarders visiting the resort will be able to purchase lift tickets at 50% off their regular retail price until the resort opens more chairlifts and terrain.

As part of the early opening, the resort is offering free skiing and room rates starting at $137 CAD per night with Big White's Ski Free Special.

To reserve your Big White vacation call 1-800-663-2772 or email

Top photo: Bullet Chair November 8.