Big White Bike Park Opening August 4

Jun 9, 2017
by bikebigwhite  

Photo Robb Thompson Photo
Tom and Bas Vansteenbergen on their signature trail at Big White - 2016. Photo: Robb Thompson

Big White Resort is set to open their lift-serviced mountain bike trail network on Friday, August 4, 2017.

With an unexpectedly high snowpack and slow melt in the alpine, the build team has experienced some challenges from Mother Nature; however, with the recent shift towards summer weather, the resort is confident in the newly determined opening date.

“It’s not often that we wish the snow away, but it has provided us with some challenges this year,” says Big White’s President, Peter Plimmer. “At the end of the day, we are working towards having an awesome product, and that means dealing with the conditions in the best way possible. The focus is to continue building this season and next season and focus on trail quality and consistency.”

Lift access for the Bike Park will operate from the Bullet Express, which reaches an elevation of 7057 feet. On opening day, riders will be able to access a complete top-to-bottom trail in the form of a smooth, machine-groomed flow trail that will be rideable by all skill levels. With the build continuing throughout the summer, new trail sections will continue to be opened to the public as soon as possible.
“Big White will be one of the first locations where there’s a true family-friendly trail in the high alpine,” said Judd De Vall, Principal of Alpine Bike Parks, the company managing the build. “There will also be some alternative trails available to riders towards the bottom of the mountain on opening day. After that, we’ll incrementally open new sections each week of the season.”

The on-mountain build team are currently making good progress with trail development, as well as water and runoff management. With more machinery showing up weekly to help expedite the building process, the resort is committed to bringing a unique riding destination to the Okanagan this summer.

“This mountain has a ton of potential and it’s fun building in the technical mountain setting,” adds Judd. “We’ve already removed all the snow from the main trail corridor and we’re able to import surfacing material to the entire trail now.”

The Bike Park will be open from Friday to Sunday, as well as holiday Mondays. Pricing is soon to be released, with the resort planning to set pricing that is reflective of what is ready to ride.

“From what I’ve learned visiting other new bike parks, we’re not afraid to start small and progress from there,” said Kris Hawryluik, Bike Park Manager. “After we close operations this summer, we’ll continue to build until the snow flies in late October, with multiple phase expansion in the future.”

Big White Resort originally started constructing the bike park in the summer of 2016, with Alpine Bike Parks brought in to create a riding destination that would fulfil the goals of enduro, downhill, freeride and youth mountain bikers.

An earlier opening is expected for the 2018 mountain bike season for the established bike park.

Tom Bas amp kids test out the lower flow trails

Tom, Bas and kids test out the flow on the lower trails. Photo: Robb Thompson

We look forward to sharing as the building progresses and we prepare for our first season of downhill biking here at the resort!
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  • 23 2
 AUG 4: Open for summer operations.
AUG 5: Closing for winter operations.
  • 14 0
 Right on!! Judd De Vall has always built sick trails and I'm sure Big White will be another gem bike park in BC!!
  • 1 0
 Cheer Brett! Judd and the Alpine Bike Parks' crew have been amazing to work with!
  • 5 1
 I figured that was a joke when I read the title. Oh well good to have more places to ride anyways
  • 2 0
 This past winter was exceptional 4 snowpack - & we are currently dealing with flooding issues in the lower areas (e.g. Kelowna where I live) as a result. Not sure when their opening date will be in future years but I suspect it will be much earlier.
  • 2 0
 @pinkharo: Yes we will be planning on late June early July openings as we were this year. Unfortunately we just didn't get enough melt early on to make it work this year. Still lots to do but we are doing it!!
  • 2 0
 Looks like I'm going to have to bum it out at Big White year long now
  • 1 0
 Yeaaaaahhhh!!! I hear that beastman @paulysheer is pretty handy, too.
  • 1 0
 Sweet, I'm leaving Ontario for a trip to BC leaving Aug 7th.
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah
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