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SnowSkool Instructor Courses in Canada
Big White, British Columbia
Snowboard & Ski Instructor Course Resort Guide
More than any other SnowSkool course, students from SnowSkool Big White course are most likely to return to the resort where they did their course. In season 2009/ 10, there were 28 SnowSkool graduates working in the Big White Ski & Board School and many more spending a week or two holidaying there. It says a lot about a resort which, on one hand, is Canada’s largest ski-in/ ski-out resort and is regarded as having Canada’s best snow but which, on the other hand, is virtually unknown outside Canada!
Doesn’t this make it a “best kept secret”...well, YES! Lift lines are virtually unknown in Big White even on the busiest days. The hill itself is a perfect example of Mother Nature’s playful character...27 feet of light, fluffy powder, 118 named runs, five powder bowls, one dirty-big terrain park, an Olympic-standard boarder-/ skier-cross circuit, a “Cliff” and Canada’s best tree-skiing. Get outside and play!
Big White Nights - there is a whole bunch going on in the village with an open-air ice rink, snow-tubing, a weekly carnival, firework displays and a good number of bars, pubs and restaurants to keep you fed and watered. If Big White was Albert Square, Snowshoe Sam’s would be the Queen Vic – this is where it all happens! Live music, a dance floor and throngs of people will keep you entertained.
Luxury Ski-In/Ski-Out Accommodation
Arguably the biggest draw of the SnowSkool Big White course is the accommodation – try as we can to describe how plush our apartments are, we are constantly told that we undersell them! So get this, SnowSkool apartments are totally amazing:
- Polished wooden floors
- Large open-plan living
- Wall-mounted TVs
- Steam showers
- Gym and swimming pool in the complex
- And all this is ski-in/ ski-out!
Is it sinking in? If not, check out the photos...!
24 Hours in Big White
Sacha Macey 31 years old from Devon, UK SnowSkool ski instructor course, Big White 2009
“We’ll be up at 8am, shower, breakfast and out of the door just before 9am. Lessons start sharp at 9.30am and we’ll normally kick the day off with some laps of a run like Exhibition – the corduroy is amazing first thing in the morning...hard carving to get the blood pumping in the legs. Mornings are normally spent focussing on the biomechanics and then putting these technical aspects into play in the afternoon. It’s bizarre how minor tweaks to something like your edging can have such a major impact on the way you feel on your skis and this really comes into play in the tight trees or in the bumps where control is everything. After lessons end, I normally meet the guys for a couple of beers in the Snowghost Lounge before heading for a hot-tub to relax tired muscles. After that it's out for dinner in the village and then maybe a cheeky beer or two with the group afterwards.”