Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia announced on Facebook yesterday that it is postponing its summer opening due to too much snow at the resort.
OH NO, too much snow! Summer opening postponed to Thursday July 7th. Due to exceptionally cool temperatures this spring and a persistent snowpack, we have made the decision to delay the summer opening of Big White by one week.
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The resort was due to open for biking, hiking and summer festivals on June 30, but thanks to recent snowfall and low temperatures, this has been postponed for a week.
According to Wikipedia, Big White Ski Resort, or simply Big White, is a ski resort located 35 miles southeast of Kelowna in the southern interior of British Columbia. Located on Big White Mountain, the highest peak in the Okanagan Highlands, an upland area between the Monashee Mountains and the Okanagan Valley. Big White is also the largest resort town in British Columbia, after Whistler-Blackcomb and Sun Peaks. Additionally, in 2019, Big White was named the third best ski resort in the country by Snowpak.
The summit of the mountain is 2,319 m (7,608 ft) with a vertical drop of 777 m (2,549 ft), served by 16 lifts. The mountain receives 295″ of annual snowfall. It has 2,765 acres (11 km2) of overall skiable terrain. With 38 acres (150,000 m2) of night skiing, Big White has the largest night skiing area in Western Canada. It has a central village classified as a designated place by Statistics Canada, which includes accommodation, restaurants, bars and shops. The village is 1,755 m (5,758 ft) above sea level.