Is it the snow? Sure it is! Big White receives an enormous amount of dry snow and offers (as outlined here) amazing skiing opportunities. But if you’re not a skier? I’d debate that the area is just as much of a destination for you, too. Ice-climbing (for real – they’ve a 60-foot ice tower for both the extreme Sporty-Spice, as well as the beginner), tubing (their mega-snowcoaster is definitely not not grandma’s tubing hill!), ice skating, hockey and sleigh rides are just the beginning.
But c’mon – let’s talk about the food!
I counted over 20 restaurants near the base of the resort – each offering unique culinary experiences.
- My grab-and-go Americano at Beano’s was piping hot and perfectly-pulled and the staff uber-friendly!
- Tapas at Globe Bistro & Cafe was so delicious, I went there twice! With a large, globally-inspired menu, you too might find it difficult to choose just one meal there, too. Looking for suggestions? Their slow-braised lamb is what (my) dreams are made of! You can imagine my surprise, too, when their s’mores dessert came out FLAMING! Talk about an ultimate dessert – their house-made marshmallows and thick, chocolate ganache were beyond the icing on the cake!
- Love poutine? Santé Bar and Grill offered a choice of six eccentrically-inspired options (and five different Caesar’s, too!). Looking for locally-casual?
- The bar at the Moose Lounge – near the base of the Happy Valley Gondola – offer hearty burgers, daily specials, poutine slathered in cheese curds, rare steak and peppercorn gravy (of course – it’s Canada) and a fun evening round of trivia on Thursdays, to boot!
- And then there’s Gunbarrel Grill – offering (along with a large casual café menu) a flaming drink run down the double-barrel of a 1900’s shotgun!
- Thinking steak, wine and charcuterie? Kettle Valley Steakhouse brings fine dining – and an abundance of it – to the area. With local Kelowna wines, brews from the Okanagan and Certified Angus beef, their harvest table (which seats up to 22) is worth a return trip!
I may have left Canada a few pounds heavier, but can easily justify they’ll work their way off with more skiing in my future. And come summertime? I heard unofficial whisperings on the hill that the summer of 2015 may offer hotel accommodations, as well as options for mountain biking and hiking in the area. Coupled with a few fish-able streams nearby, count on me making it a vacation summer spot soon. And who knows, maybe we’ll bump into our moose friend again, too!