Big White opens this Thursday

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Big White is opening this week — in time for American Thanksgiving.

The resort, located an hour’s drive east of Kelowna, says opening day to the season will be Thursday, November 22nd, at 8:45 a.m.

It will have three lifts open, including: Ridge Rocket Express, Plaza Chair and Lara’s Gondola.

Three runs will be open, including: Easy Street, Highway 33 and Hummingbird. More runs will open as conditions permit.

The current alpine snow base is sitting at 67 centimetres, with more snow in the forecast on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Meanwhile, Silver Star Resort near Vernon has pushed back its alpine opening date of Thursday, citing not quite enough snow.

“The weather right now is a temperature inversion with a high of 2.5 degrees in the alpine today and same again tomorrow,” said Ian Jenkins, Silver Star’s director of sales and marketing. “There is some precipitation coming on Thursday so hopefully this will cool off the alpine temperature and help to fill in the few spots where we need it. To have a high quality and safe environment for our guests to enjoy we need a bit more snow to get open.

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“We ask that for the safety of our guests and to help get us open as soon as we can, that the public please stay off the mountain until we are open. Our goal is to get alpine skiing open as soon as the conditions allow.”

In the meantime, Silver Star opened its nordic trails on Friday, November 16th. According to Silver Star, regarding the cross-country trail network, 52 of 55 kilometres are open.