Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of British Columbia, Canada, lies a haven for the core skier and boarder: Big White Ski Resort.

It’s true, the resort may be renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere and abundant cruisy powder snow, but few know that Big White also offers a playground for advanced skiers and snowboarders eager to push their limits and conquer challenging terrain.

You just need to know where in the 2700 acres of skiable terrain and 119 marked runs to get your double black high.

Few realise that 22% of Big White is classified as expert and 6% as extreme.

Big White Ski Resort boasts an array of advanced terrain options, catering to those craving technical descents. From steep chutes and beautifully spaced glades to mogul fields and the worldfamous TELUS Terrain Park, there’s something to satisfy every type of advanced rider.

Best of all – you don’t need to be a local to find some of the best spots on the mountain, as many of the best advanced, gladed runs and steeps are shown on the trail map so you can explore and tick them off one at a time.

Check out these chutes and glades

For those seeking steep and narrow descents, Big White’s chutes offer multiple lines that will test the most seasoned skier or rider. Located primarily in the Cliff area, these challenging runs demand precision and skill as riders navigate through rocky outcrops and tight turns.

Pegasus, Parachute Bowl and the Cliff runs are marked on the map and are favorites among expert skiers and seasoned locals.

Meanwhile, the resort’s gladed areas provide an incredible blend of powder skiing and tree-lined descents. The Black Forest and Gem Lake Glades offer secluded runs amidst snow-laden trees, providing a serene yet challenging experience for advanced riders looking to escape the crowds and find some of the powder stashes that are common even days after the most recent snowfall.

Alternatively, if you find yourself waking up to a bluebird powder day, the Falcon Chair is a must.

With a mix of glades and rocky terrain, you can easily spot your go-to line from the chair and find some of the best snow on the mountain. Amongst the breathtaking views and iconic snowghosts, you’ll be joining a gaggle of locals lapping their own favorite terrain at the Falcon area all day long.

Moguls: embrace the bumps

For those who relish the rhythm and flow of moguls, Big White Ski Resort offers a variety of mogul fields that will put their skills to the test. From the iconic Parachute and Sun Run to the challenging Exhibition and Black Magic, these mogul runs offer endless opportunities for advanced skiers and snowboarders to carve, jump, and navigate their way down the mountain.

Mogul skiing requires agility, balance, and finesse, making it a favourite among those who crave a physical challenge and enjoy the satisfaction of mastering a difficult terrain feature. Whether tackling the moguls solo or racing friends down the slopes, these runs provide an adrenaline-fueled experience that keeps riders coming back for more.

It’s all in the terrain park air

Air time at Big White. Photo credit: Geoff Holman

For freestyle enthusiasts and terrain park aficionados, Big White Ski Resort offers an array of features and obstacles designed to push the limits of creativity and skill. The TELUS Terrain Park is the resort’s premier freestyle zone, featuring a variety of jumps, rails, and boxes suitable for riders of all levels.

Advanced riders can test their mettle on the park’s larger features, including pro-level jumps and technical rail sections, while honing their tricks and perfecting their style. With dedicated park grooming and regular feature updates, the TELUS Terrain Park provides an ever-evolving playground for riders to express themselves and push their boundaries. Features change regularly so it’s important to pre-ride and re-ride before you really start sending it.

Safety First

While exploring Big White Ski Resort’s advanced terrain it’s essential for riders to prioritise safety, stay in bounds and exercise caution when tackling challenging runs. Advanced terrain often presents increased risks, including steep pitches, variable snow conditions, and natural obstacles.

Before venturing into the advanced terrain, riders should assess their abilities honestly and ensure they have the necessary skills and experience to handle the challenges ahead. Familiarizing themselves with the terrain through trail maps and signage, as well as heeding any posted warnings or advisories, can help riders make informed decisions and mitigate risks.

Wearing appropriate safety gear, including helmets, whistles and protective padding, can provide added protection in the event of a fall or collision. Riding with a buddy or group is also recommended, as it allows for mutual support and assistance in case of emergencies.

Fancy a holiday for all skill levels of the family? Check out Big White Ski Resort for more. 

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