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BC’s Big White is opening November, 16 2013—one of the earliest openings in the Okanagan ski resort’s 50-year history.

“With nearly 100cm of snow falling at Big White already, a 68cm base, and more snow predicted later this week, we’re all pretty excited,” says Michael J Ballingall, Big White’s Senior Vice President.

To celebrate being the first resort to open alpine skiing/snowboarding in BC, Big White will be offering lift tickets, rental equipment, and lessons at half price on opening day.

Here’s a list of new features at Big White for the 2013/14 ski and snowboard season:

New for Families: The new “Loose Moose Emporium” is an extension of Big White’s world-famous Kids Centre. Chock full of kids ski clothing, winter apparel and an international candy selection, this store is a delight for kids and sweet lovers of all ages.

One of Big White’s newest and most innovative family programs is the “Mom, Dad and Me Ski Lesson”. It’s a great way to start skiing for young children (ages 3 – 6), especially those anxious about being away from a parent. A two-hour semi-private lesson (child and parent) introduces the child to skiing, while at the same time providing the parent with tips on how to teach their child using games and fun activities. They have packaged this lesson with 2-nights of accommodation, four 2-day lift passes, and tube park tickets, starting at $275 pp.

New for Foodies: Bringing the luck of the Irish to Big White, The Blarney Stone, will be opening at The Inn at Big White this winter season. This Irish tavern will be offering hearty Irish inspired food, fine craft ales, and of course that family friendly hospitality the Irish are known for.

The Woods Wine and Tapas Bar is also a new addition to Big White for the 2013/14 season, and is located in the very heart of the village. They will be serving grab-and-go delights including breakfast sandwiches, and for après they will be lighting the fire pits and BBQ’s on their outdoor patio.

New for Wine Lovers: Big Reds at Big White, 6th Annual Red Wine Festival: Dec 14 – 15, 2013. This popular annual event celebrates the release of the red wines from the British Columbia Okanagan region featuring the newest pours from more than 30 award-winning local wineries.

The “Wine Lover’s Weekend” package includes accommodation, tickets to Big Reds, gift basket and $150 dining credit to the Kettle Valley Steakhouse and is $479 pp.

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Photo courtesy of Big White Resort.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles