BC’s Big White Ski Resort opened its Powder Triple Chair on Thursday. This latest opening brings the total count of lifts in operation to 10, with 72 runs open on 121cm base – the most in Canada.

The abundance of snow received in early November has contributed to one of the best recorded openings in the 50-year history of Big White Ski Resort.  Big White will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Saturday, December 7th, by honoring the original founders Doug Mervin and Cliff Serwa at the sold out – Kelowna General Hospital Foundation – Big White Sweater Ball presented by TELUS.

“I don’t know what we did, but Mother Nature is sure being nice to us,” said Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President, Big White Ski Resort.  “Not only is this our best opening in 50 years (measured by snowfall and attendance) but the weather has been outstanding as well. This early opening has had a tremendous economic spinoff for accommodation bookings for Christmas and New Year’s,” continued Ballingall.

“Sunny, great snow, no lines – it’s awesome out there” – Bill Starr, Toronto, Ontario, who was on one of the first chairs this morning.

The Powder Triple Chair runs 896m (2,940 ft.) in length, with a top elevation of 2,150m (7,054 ft.) and bottom elevation of 1,845m (6,053 ft.) and is one of the oldest lifts at Big White. It first opened December 8th, 1979.

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SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles