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Family ski fun in the Okanagan

Snow much to do at Big White & Silver Star

21 February 2012

Picture a brightly painted Victorian-style ski village, a snow season that runs from late November to early April, and 115 marked trails to satisfy everyone from beginners to double diamond divas.    

Silver Star Mountain Resort is perfect for picky kids and fun-seeking parents. Grooming the family for greatness? Teens love shredding the rails and jumps at the TELUS Park terrain park. Next door, the Kiddie Park is the perfect training ground for new riders. The Silver Star Snowsports School offers programs for everyone from tiny tots to adults. Enjoy a night out by signing up your kids for one of the Star Kids Center dinner and fun programs.

Slide into Tube Town on a fat inner tube. Listen to the horses clop on a horse sleigh ride. Watch the fire flicker as you skate at Brewer’s Pond. There are mini snowmobiles for the over six crowd, and full-on snowmobile tours for the older set. Laid-back snowshoers can enjoy 16 km (10 miles) of forested trails, while cross-country skiers can cover 60 km (37 miles) of pristine track-set trails.

Look for special Family Games Nights and Carnival Nights to bring you together. Ski-in/ski-out accommodations range from luxury to value-priced lodges, many with views of the Monashee Mountains.  

Families from all over Europe and the US visit Big White Ski Resort for world-famous champagne powder and glade skiing among trees ghosted with snow.

This place has it all: 118 runs and five alpine bowls; a snowboarder’s paradise at TELUS Park terrain park; a Mega Snow Coaster tubing park; and 25 km (15.5 miles) of groomed Nordic trails.

Kids can take the driver’s seat on the Mini-Z’s snowmobiles. There’s dogsledding, snowshoe tours, skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides. Or try the newest snow sport: ski-mountain-biking. 

Big White’s superb Ski & Board School is legendary among learners. The Kids' Centre offers programs for Jumping Joeys” and “Ready Teddys” aged four to 12. Leave the little ones at the Tot Town Daycare or take the night off by signing up for special kids-only evening programs.

Family Après Ski events include bonfires, Carnival Nights and Wii Nights. There’s free popcorn, pop and prizes every night at Happy Valley Day Lodge. Eighteen slope-side restaurants offer pizza, burgers, steak and seafood, featuring award-winning Okanagan wines. 

Step-off-the-slopes accommodations range from townhouses to full-service hotels – hot tubbing included. Check out these hot deals.

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