Like everything else at Big White, there’s an abundance of options when it comes to accommodations. The best part? There are options to fit every taste and budget, meaning you won’t have to break the bank to stay close to the action (unless you want to… that’s another story). Chateau Big White is only seconds away from the Plaza Chair, meaning you can ski out the front door right down to the popular lifts Ridge Rocket or Snow Ghost Express. However, the beauty of Big White’s incredible village is that pretty much every hotel offers the same luxury. Whether you choose to stay at the Whitefoot Lodge, or many of the other hotels, chances are the restaurants, amenities, and lifts are only a short walk away.
If you’re looking to splurge, there are all sorts of incredible condos located within minutes of the village centre, although not all of them are owned by Big White. Bears Paw, Grizzly Lodge, and Snowy Creek are just a few examples of the luxurious condominiums with unbeatable ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes and many other amenities. You can expect hot tubs, spectacular views from the deck or balcony, and even pet-friendly options in some cases. Whether you choose to go all out in one of the condos or stay cosy in one of the many hotels, booking your stay with Big White will give you access to discounts on lift tickets and other aspects of your vacation. Otherwise, vacation rentals are also available in the Snow Pine Estates and White Forest Estates areas.
If you don't mind the trek, cheaper accommodation can be found in Kelowna, though significantly less convenient.
Despite Big White’s impressive size, it’s surprisingly easy to get around. For most of the hotels, the village and other amenities are only a walk or gondola ride away. However, should you happen to stay a little further away or in one of the condos, there is an on-mountain shuttle that runs on a half hour schedule throughout the resort. It’s complimentary, but just be aware that there are three periods every day when the shuttle does not provide service. This occurs between 11:00am - 11:30am, 2:00pm - 3:00pm and 7:30pm - 8:00pm.
One thing to keep in mind is the distance between the Gem Lake area and the east side, where the village and hotels are located. If you’re staying on the mountain, leave time to ski back across before the lifts close, because there’s no walking path between the two areas, and you’ll probably have a hard time finding a cab.
There are three main lots; Gem Lake, Black Forest, and Happy Valley, and the best part is, day parking is completely free. If you’re planning on parking overnight, the Happy Valley Overflow parking lot is just a short walk from the Plaza Chair. It is the only overnight parking lot and you will need to purchase a parking permit for $6 USD ($8 AUD) at Central Mountain Check In or Happy Valley Ticket office. Many of the condos have on-site parking, so you won’t have to worry about hauling your gear all the way from Happy Valley.