Big White 2016/2017

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  1. bigwhite-rameok

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    Post above copied from Flights forum.

    I looked at a range of sources to choose accommodation for my SP trip. The resort website should have an accommodation page or link. Some of the properties listed there will have their own website that may offer a better deal. In my case, one of the properties at Sun Peaks that I'm looking at offers a 20% discount for season lift pass holders. As I'm staying for more than 2 weeks, an earlybird season pass is a no-brainer and the discount on the accommodation more than covers the cost of the pass.

    Then there are the usual range of booking engines:

    booking.com, expedia, tripadvisor etc
    airbnb, vrbo.com

    I could enter Sun Peaks as my intended location in these engines, presumably Big White would be valid as well.

    Then there are the usual travel agents, Flight Centre are promoting ski packages ATM and another one that's often recommended here is Travelplan. You may get a flight and accommodation package for less than you'd pay organising them separately.

    Finally, you may get personal recommendations from other forumites who've been to BW before, hence replying to your post here instead of the Flights forum. :)

    Enjoy!
     
  4. Spielmeister

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    Libelle, we were recommended to look at Chalets at Big White and they seem to be a bit cheaper than BW central reservations. I've emailed them a couple of times for quotes and they get back to me pretty promptly. Just remember when comparing prices that you have to take into account that the prices you see from Canadian websites won't have the taxes (and there are a few, not just GST) applied to them yet. That happens at the checkout. We have been getting quotes from Travelplan as well and while I'm not always keen to go with these types of companies they have proven to be very competitive. So much so that we are close to booking with them.
     
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    We have always used Travel Plan, and we have found them to be cheaper than doing it all ourselves. You probably could beat their quotes by looking at accommodation a bit further from the village centres, but then you may not have real ski in ski out or the convenience of proximity to shopping, lifts, eating out etc.
     
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    I don't always use them, but I will always get a quote from Travelplan and ask them if they can match or beat any better deal.
     
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    We have found you can't beat Travelplan on most accommodation, that said we don't use them every year as we sometimes book through friends and also head to the more smaller remote places where Travelplan does not have any contracts set up.
     
  8. Libelle

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    Thanks Spielmeister and Crystal.
    We have locked in the airfares, now so the hunt for accommodation is on. I have some quotes from Big White Central Reservations and also from Ski Travel Company, their quotes seem to lower than BWCR by a good amount (and I have used them on numerous occasions with good results) [Not advertising just facts]. But will have a look at Travel Plan as well. The early bird season pass at Big White looks to be good value ($629 CAD), as we have 15 ski days.
     
  9. Spielmeister

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    Yep, the season pass is the better way to go for that length of time. If you're group is a family you get a family discount as well as the early-bird discount. Pretty good deal.
     
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    Also have a look at ownerdirect.com. We booked for jan17 10 nights 2 bedroom apt ski in/out $1700
     
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    we used ownerdirect.com to book in January for 8 nights, $1700 (CAD).
     
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    We've used Owner Direct numerous times at BW, great deals.
     
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    Thanks for that R101
    Booked via Alluradirect, about 1K cheaper than local quotes...
     
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    Glad to hear, yes the prices look pretty sharp and I think dealing direct with owners gives good scope for bargaining especially if you staying longer
    hope all goes well, havn't been to BW yet, hopefully sooner than later
     
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    we are also dealing direct with Owner at Apex......much much cheaper.
     
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    I hear there is very cheap accommodation down in Penticton! Lol
     
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    heheheheeee will cost wine/beer and spirits though. I am sure that particular lodge also includes wild Canadian salmon dinners in the tariff.
     
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    Yep salmon was on the menu last night.
     
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    Now it's official. Got the accommodation booked. 10 nights from the 9th Jan. :thumbs:
     
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  21. Woolie

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    Me too. Accom booked for 10 nights starting on the 11th Jan. Ended up getting season passes. When you buy a few 50% off lessons it makes the season pass good value.
     
  22. Spielmeister

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    Yep gonna get the season passes as well.
     
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    I'm not sure about Big White, but in every resort in which I have had one a season pass entitles you to discounts on things ranging from accommodation, gear hire or purchase and even meals. Typically 10% +/-. Worth examining and factoring in, particularly when looking at early purchase deals. The bucks usually make sense at much less than a couple of weeks.
     
  24. Spielmeister

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    The BW season pass has plenty of discounts as well on all sorts of things. If your about break even on the season pass vs daily passes which it was for us then the extra discounts make it the way to go.
     
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    Plus it takes the pressure off to ski all day every day. If the weather is less than stellar it's not such a big deal to have a second coffee and relax.
     
  26. Spielmeister

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    Was thinking exactly that :thumbs:
     
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    Saw an article about the Masters week anyone participated ? Thinking about it as I'm a solo traveller
     
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    Have friends who do the masters programs there each year at BW...they love it.
     
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    Guys. What sort of layering would you need for kids (10-11) in mid Jan at Big White? When skiing in Aus we usually just put the kids in long thermals with their ski pants/jackets over the top. Is it as simple as adding as fleece under the jacket or would you think they need more? They a pretty active skiers but the younger one is built like a greyhound so is prone to the cold.
     
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    My rule of thumb in Canada is one more layer, but mileage may vary. Just keep an eye on the kids and ask them if they are cold, then adjust.
     
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    Really simplistic answer, but it depends how cold it is! BC interior resorts usually aren't too cold, so often Legs Akimbo's advice of just one more layer will be spot on. Obviously if it is -20, the kids are likely to need another layer again.
     
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    Hot pads in the mitts for the greyhound ......will work a treat.
     
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    This. In my experience (Masters Mondays where I join them for lunch and Ladies Day) the people are a friendly bunch and there will be plenty of other solo travellers or locals. Hear many people raving about it and making many new friends. They only use the best instructors too, otherwise the masters have been known to revolt. My dad has done it before and I think will be doing it again next year (Mum will be there but not skiing).
     
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    Quality balaclavas even if the sun is out. You can get 'hinged' ones which are more comfortable. We usual take/buy two outfits per kid, a Aldi one with thermals and fleece for 0 to -6 days, and a warmer outfit for colder days. Double up the thermals if necessary. A wind-fleece can be handy. My kids got coldest tubing in the evenings, so that's when we would use the hotties. Make sure everything is dry before they head out. Enjoy!
     
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    Damn, now I want to go....
     
  36. vibe++

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    We will be there from the 12th of jan, how early should we book the shuttle from Kelowna and do they pick up from hotels.
     
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    If you want a private transfer there are a couple of outfits in Kelowna to go with. Discover Okanagan Tours is an operator that came highly recommended to me as they will do a one hour grocery stop on the way up the hill which was important to us however when I went to book over a month ago they were already booked out for the couple of dates I wanted to use them for in mid-Jan. Have a feeling the Big White-based shuttles can be booked considerably closer to your required date. From what I've read it seems as though they will send a vehicle big enough to cater for however many they need to transport on that pickup and I think it only picks up from the airport then straight up the hill. I'm a BW first-timer so the info on their service is only from what I have gleaned from online info. Hopefully someone here can confirm or correct my info. BTW will be in BW from the 9th Jan for 10 nights.
     
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    Thanks, we should meet up we are there for 10 nights also From what i can see they only pickup from the airport which would mean we have to get transport from our hotel back to the airport and we are not sure if we will be taking our skis with us as we will be coming from LA (taking the kids to Disneyland ) so that would mean not being able to take a cab but having to book another shuttle.
     
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    It's North America. Ask and you will usually get. It depends on the diversion, but Kelowna is not that big a town. They might be able to pick you up on the way down to or up from the airport.
     
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    Thanks. I will send them an email and see what they say.
     
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    BW is a grand place.
     
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    Vibe. I looked into this and according to the website the BW shuttle also pick up at the Bus Terminal in Leckie Rd Kelowna. The Best Western Kelowna is right next door. If you were staying there it would be easy to catch the BW shuttle. It also seems to have grocery and other shopping centres close by. We ended up hiring a car at Vancouver and will drive out over 2 days so did not go down that path.
     
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    Yep, meet up would be good. Good for the kids to have some others to get around with for a bit. Have a girl 13 and boy 11.
     
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    Thanks team for the advise re layering.... I will start out with the 1 extra layer and work up from there. Great thing about the accom location we can always drop by and get extra if needed...I am planning on making sure we get good quality accessories like mitts, balaclavas etc...
     
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    My girl is 11 and boy 9 i think they would enjoy having someone else to pal around with ,we will definitely meet up.
     
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    Thanks for that. We are staying at the Ramada lodge.
     
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    Such a subjective question. The answer is different for everyone. I'll be on my 28th season pass in Canada this coming winter, and I think I've maybe worn a balaclava maybe twice in that time. Pretty sure I no longer even own one. Yet some of my friends ski in them all the time. I made a post a while back called 'adaptive clothing'. It addresses the question asked here.
     
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    That sounds great. Keep in touch.
     
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    Getting excited