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Big White vs. Sun Peaks - Which Canadian resort is better for Snowboarding?

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Hey guys,

So me and my girlfriend are heading out to Canada next year for a season, We are currently looking at either Big White or Sun Peaks as our resort of choice which are both based in British Columbia. We both Snowboard and are both at a beginnner/intermediate level.

Does anybody have any experience with either of these resorts when it comes to Snowboarding? Any information or advice would be massively appreciated.

Thanks Very Happy
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Howdy @jflynn92, the question should be which of the two for a season as I'm sure they're both pretty good for snowboarding. But, from what I gather Big White is the pick out of the 2. I haven't been to either but was recently advised to consider BW rather than Whistler for a season.
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Both pretty similar I would say by reputation having not skied at either but virtually every other hill in BC. Big White more going on I think and closer to a bigger town when you get cabin fever. Have you got accomodation sorted? I'd have thought that is the major factor in pure resorts as it certainly is in places with bigger towns.
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Yeah I ride at those places most years when the snow's good. You missed out Silver Star which is my favourite of that group, but there it is. It depends what you mean by "better for snowboarding". To me, anywhere with good snow is great for snowboarding.


Sun Peaks probably has the largest area, with a relatively small village which feels compact. There aren't that many places to eat or drink up on the hill there. Sun Peaks was Kamloops' town hill and still gets a lot of locals traffic, but not enough to make it busy whenever I've been there.

Big White is a couple of hours down the Okanagan valley from there, basically the town hill for Kelowna. Big White tends to get a lot of Australian visitors. There are more eating/drinking places than Sun Peaks and it's an older more developed resort area. To me this feels a bit more Euro-resort like than Sun Peaks, in that there's a weekly turn over of visitors and a set of seasonaires to look after them. There's a lot of self-catering accommodation. I expect there's slightly more "night life" here than in Sun Peaks, but the place is big enough not to be noisy. There are more restaurants and it's in the wine country... but it's BC so people eat early.

Both have a variety of terrain including some steeper stuff, but most of the piste stuff is entirely intermediate accessible.

So for a season... I'd suggest Big White, because I think there will be more work and more like minded people there (albeit mostly Antipodean) to keep you amused. Kelowna is a more accessible town than Kamloops too, if you have transport.
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No experience at all of SP, but spent some time at BW ........ We drove past SP.

Tenuous, I know, but over a few beers people who had done both generally preferred BW.

If you go, for a season, at your level, you'll be heading over eventually to the Gem Lake area, where a lot of it is left ungroomed, Mustang Sally and the like. You'll learn a lot. Enjoy.
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