After another 30 centimetres of fresh powder over the weekend, Big White Ski Resort will open early for the 2015/2016 ski season.
The resort will start spinning lifts at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, nearly two weeks earlier than originally expected.
“Our on-mountain team works so hard at this time of year to make sure that everyone gets on the snow as soon as Mother Nature allows,” said Michael J. Ballingall, senior vice-president of Big White Ski Resort Ltd.
“It’s always been the family’s policy to open a lift as soon as snow permits and it’s safe to do so – and that’s what we’ve done again this year.”
At this stage, resort officials expect the Ridge Rocket Express Quad chair, the Plaza Quad chair and Lara’s Gondola to be operating. All lifts will operate until 3:30 p.m. except for Lara’s Gondola, which will operate until 5 p.m.
Open runs will include Highway 33, Serwa’s, Easy Out, Easy Street and Hummingbird.
Skiers and snowboarders visiting the resort will be able to purchase lift tickets at 50 per cent off their regular retail price until the resort opens more chairlifts and terrain.
The Village Centre Mall and Happy Valley parking lot will be open and available to those coming up the mountain, with various restaurants across the mountain also open for food service.
Vernon’s Silver Star Mountain Resort is opening its nordic trails Thursday and has targeted Nov. 26 as the official opening of its downhill season.