Big White Winter Blog
Each year at the BC Alpine Awards Banquet the coveted award for the Event of The Year is presented to a ski club that has demonstrated the ability to host an outstanding event, whether it be a race, special event or a festival. 2012 the Big White Racers together with the Big White Ski Resort pulled out all the stops for the BC Alpine Teck K1 Provincial Championships winning this prestigious award. Voted on by their peers this truly was a feather in the cap for the club and the resort.
A total of 205 racers ages 11-12 competed in 3 day event that included Giant Slalom, Slalom and Ski Cross races under glorious sunny blue skies Mar 16-18. To execute an event of this magnitude is not for the faint of heart as it takes 120 volunteers a day with a can do attitude under the leadership of a dedicated Race and Social committee. Race courses groomed to perfection, timing that was flawless and race officials that radiated pride were eminent all weekend long.
Topping off these first class races were social events, starting off with a thank you to the backbone of a race event the volunteers with a gathering at the end of the day with pizza and brew. The crowning jewel was a fantastic VIP appreciation party held in the Village Centre Mall for parents, coaches and volunteers.
All the while the young athletes were dancing the night away down at Happy Valley after their own dinner banquet. They too went home with great results, memories and swag bags compliments of the various sponsors. Everything was done right and nothing left to chance.
“This was one of the best provincial ski events ever, every little detail was thought of and the races were extremely well executed, a job well done. How anyone can top this event is beyond me” commented Teresa C. Fernie Alpine Ski Team Mom.
Wow, we have had some beautiful blue bird days up here on the mountain lately, that combined with fantastic grooming makes me want to find a wide open space to lay my skis over and get some edge performance! I really like the feeling of carving my skis down the mountain wind in my face, sun beating…down all the great skiing cliché stuff!
A well balanced stance on your skis is kind of like a solid foundation for your house, without it everything else is going to be a bit shaky. So what makes a good skiing stance? Well, it's not that different to many other sports. Say you're at a face-off in a hockey game or you're waiting for a serve in volleyball, on defense in basketball. They all have some similarities, the knees are bent, the waist is bent in proportion to the bend in the knees and the weight is spread out over the entire length of the feet...or is it? This might be one of the only differences between these sports and skiing. In your ski boots you actually want to feel a bit more weight on the arches of your feet and maybe even a bit of pressure towards your heels. When you feel the weight on the back part of your foot be sure to feel your shins pressing lightly against the tongues of your boots, this puts a bit of bend in your ankles that will complement the bend in your knees and in your waist. That's going to help keep you aligned and well balanced.
Well there's definitely been no shortage of powder snow so far this winter. Big White is Canada's home of Okanagan Champagne Powder after all so I suppose it's to be expected! How are you doing skiing in it? Do you find it a struggle to get going? Does it feel heavy and tough to turn in? Are you tumbling every few turns leaving you in a sweaty mess at the end of the run? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions it might be because you're missing some flow and rhythm in your skiing.
The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived - Big White Ski Resort is opening 2 days ahead of schedule for the 2012/2013 season! The lifts will be spinning for the first time for eager skiers and riders at 8:45am tomorrow morning! The excitement on the hill is apparent and we cannot wait to get the season underway.
The 7th Annual Okanagan Spring Film & Photo Contest starts accepting photos as of March 1 and you can send them in anytime between March 1 to 25. The winners will be announced on March 30 at the Happy Valley Day Lodge at 8pm.
With all the webcams I see out on the hill, I’m really expecting this year’s annual photo and film contest to have some outstanding entries! Especially with all the powder we’ve had dumped on the mountain in the past few weeks!
There’s a couple of entry conditions you’ll need to know:
Only one entry per category so pick your very best
All photos must have been taken during this 2011/2012 season at Big White Ski Resort and must have been taken by you, owned by you, etc.;
Films may be no longer than 5 minutes, in MPEG format and on DVD.
There are three Photo Categories: Lifestyle, Live Action and Landscape, and the Film Categories are either Amateur or Professional.
It’s free to enter and there’s going to be some amazing prizes, so send your photo entries to firstname.lastname@example.org and drop your film entries off at the Activities Desk.
What’s your favorite chairlift at Big White? Mine tends to vary from day to day depending on whom I’m skiing with. While you can’t beat Gem Lake for its length and the great ride down, if you’re skiing with a big group, it’s fun when you can get all six onto the Snow Ghost six-pack to ride up together.
This week, however, I have a new favorite lift, thanks to the wonderful ice sculpture work at the top of the Plaza Chair!
This sweet little bear with a very big heart was there to greet us when we got to the top of the Plaza Chair on the weekend. Skiing with some friends who didn’t have seasons passes, we skied down from the condo and then rode up the Plaza so they could get their tickets. That’s when we saw this amazing little bear!
Watch for him if you find yourself riding the Plaza chair. I just hope he hasn’t melted in all that sunshine!
Okay, admit it, how many of you looked at yesterday’s report and saw there was 16 cm of fresh champagne powder, then looked at the date and thought, yeah, right, April Fool’s to you too!
Well, it was no April Fool’s joke and the only April Fools were the one’s who missed out on such an amazing day up on the hill. There was fresh powder tracks still to be found at the end of the day by those smart enough to ski across the fall line and the sun even came out to celebrate in the afternoon for the last few runs!
Does it get much better than that? I don’t think so.
Now that April Fool’s Day is over, sadly, it means the countdown to the end of the season is here. Two weeks from now is too late as the season ends April 15th.
Line ups are non-existent, the sun is shining this morning and there’s still fresh powder to be found if you know where to look. And that’s no April Fool’s Joke!