After another dump of fresh powder over the weekend, Big White Ski Resort will open this Friday, nearly two weeks earlier than originally expected.
More than 30 centimetres of snow fell at Big White on the weekend and over 60 centimetres has fallen over the past week, allowing Big White to open a portion of the hill.
The resort will start spinning lifts at 8:45 a.m. on Friday November 13 and with a limited number of runs set to open, lift passes will be on sale at a discounted price.
“Our on-mountain team works so hard at this time of year to make sure that everyone gets on the snow as soon as Mother Nature allows,” said Michael 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.”
As of Tuesday, Big White was reporting a snow base of 44 centimetres.
At this stage, resort officials expect the Ridge Rocket Express Quad chair, the Plaza Quad chair and Lara’s Gondola to be operating when the hill opens Friday. All lifts will operate until 3:30 p.m. except for Lara’s Gondola, which will operate until 5 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 per cent off their regular retail price until the resort opens more chairlifts and terrain.
The Village Centre Mall and Happy Valley parking lot will be open and available to those coming up the mountain, with various restaurants across the mountain also open for food service.