Big White

On Saturday, February 1, Big White will be the battle ground for eight bartenders as they compete in the resort’s 2nd ABSOLUT World event.

Mixologists from British Columbia and Alberta will be fighting for the cocktail crown and an all expenses paid trip to the ABSOLUT Akademi in Sweden.

Big White guests are invited to join in the liquor libations and will have an integral role in the outcome. New for this year is the Peoples Choice Award—audiences will choose their winner with the vote counting for 50% of the final decision.

A $50 ticket includes samples of craft beer, local and international wines, spirits and mouth-watering nibbles, as well as a chance to taste the cocktails as part of the “Peoples Choice Award”. The event kicks off at 7:30pm on February 1 at the Village Centre Mall. With a sell out 300-person crowd at its inaugural event last year guests are advised to get tickets in advance by emailing

“We are thrilled to welcome some of the top bartenders from BC and Alberta to Big White,” says Michael Ballingall, Senior Vice President of Big White Ski Resort. “The competition last year was amazing to watch and incredibly suspenseful. Adding in the ‘People’s Choice Award’ is something new for this year and we’re looking forward to getting people’s thoughts on the cocktails that are being shaken and stirred on the stage.”


The 2014 contenders include: 


·      Nathen Head – Milk Tiger Lounge, Calgary

·      Bryan Schmidt – The Billiard Club, Edmonton

·      Brad Machon – Globe Café and Tapas Bar, Big White

·      Thor Paulson – Wildebeest, Vancouver

·      Andrew Smith – George Lounge, Vancouver

·      Matt Cooke – Tableau Bar Bistro, Vancouver

·      Mark Veriker – RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna

·      Tia Stonier – The Mix by Ric’s, Whistler

Absolut-ely Amazing Accommodation Special

From January 3 through February 6, 2014 there are discounts of up to 48% to be had on ski and stay packages starting at only $82 a night. Bearing in mind that a lift ticket on it’s own costs $79, the savings are incredible. For more details on luxury and family packages visit:

Photo courtesy of Absolut and Big White.

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles