Magical Sleigh Ride at Big White

With the temperature at  -6C and with snow falling lightly, we jingled our way through the forest aboard a  horse-drawn sleigh.  The sleigh was pulled by two Clydesdales, decked out in traditional gear, including bells.  The bells and the swishing of the sleigh were the only sounds  we heard as we moved through the tall snow-covered trees.  The forest sleigh ride is one of the alternative activities offered to skiers at the Big White Ski Resort, in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.  We were there in January 2013.

Clydesdales ready to go

Clydesdales ready to go

 

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Ski Sun Peaks, British Columbia

Sun Peaks Resort offers some superb skiing with surprising diversity across its three mountains.  There are gladed areas, steep runs, cruisers and alpine bowls.  It’s called Sun Peaks for a reason, with an average of 2,000 sunshine hours per year.  The average temperature in January is -6.7C (21F) however when we skied there in late January 2013, the thermometer climbed higher than this on most days, which were often sunny and calm.

Sun Peaks Village

Sun Peaks Village

Nestled at the base of the three mountains is the Sun Peaks Village (1255 m/4116 ft), allowing ski in/ski out accommodation.  This modern purpose-built village has been developed since 1993 when Nippon Cable Company purchased what was then called Tod Mountain.

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