Silver Star severs Big White ties

Big White and Silver Star ski resorts have “severed their ties,” said Michael J. Ballingall, senior vice-president of Big White.

  • Jun. 8, 2012 9:00 a.m.

kathy michaels

Black Press

The Okanagan’s two biggest ski mountains will no longer function as one.

Big White and Silver Star have “severed their ties,” said Michael J. Ballingall, senior vice-president of Big White.

“They’re acting as independent companies right now.”

Ballingall was tight lipped on what  prompted the split, saying it was for “personal family reasons.”

“There’s nothing untoward here,” he said.

“The presidents remain the same — they’re brother and sister — and everybody is going to go about their business … the two teams will still work closely.”

Internally, the change will mean smoother operations, in terms of diminished paperwork.

Residents should only notice that  dual mountain passes are off the table.

In the months to come, however, the change may take another form. Ballingall said he  expects to see each distinct product to start delving deeper into its own personality.

Silver Star will be hiring a marketing and sales  team to work in and out of the valley to meet that aim, while Big White continues on in the way it has in the past.

Ultimately, however, there may be more the same than different in days to come.

“We share the airport, and there are synergies that take place,” said Ballingall, noting that a number of Interior resorts market together.