A Date for le Diary as Big White does the Tour de France!
Ski Crescendo is pleased to confirm that Big White’s biggest cycle event will return in 2018!
Each year, Big White celebrates the end of the Tour de France cycle race with its own specialized version: the L’Alpe de Grande Blanc!
On 22 July 2018, hundreds of keen road cyclists will again don the lycra and compete to be champions of Big White Mountain’s race.
The ride starts in Kelowna, where riders will take to the saddle and take on the 60km ascent to Big White Village.
In 2017, 205 riders took part in the event, with the winning rider, professional cyclist Jordan Cheyne, clocking a record time of 1:48.10.
An Event for Everyone!
Don’t be intimidated by the few professional participants who are among the minority of the riders. They event is truly is hoot, enjoyed by riders of ALL levels. Adding to the fun, there are refreshments, rest stops, and other motivators along the way, cheering you on throughout your scenic ascent.
As an aside, there’s also a shortened version of the race for juniors: a 9.8km climb from Gem Lake up to Big White Village.
Join the Big White Party!
As those legs start to burn, you’ll be spurred on knowing that a traditionally warm Big White welcome will be awaiting you at the finish line. Live Music, a BBQ, a festival atmosphere, and more!
One doesn’t need to be a rider, though, to join in the fun. The festivities are enjoyed by riders and non-riders alike.
The End of the Day isn't the End of the Fun, Spend the Night With Us
In fact, why not make a weekend of it? Bring the whole family. Better yet, bring some of your family’s friends with you. Crescendo at Big White is large enough to accommodate them all.
Our five-star chalet will be a sight for sore eyes (or legs), and its central location will provide the perfect base for you and your fellow riders. Our hot tub, too, can accommodate your entire group, soothing those aching muscles as you toast to your and/or your family’s/friends’ accomplishments
Ski Crescendo, British Columbia’s Luxury Executive Retreat
Looking for a luxury retreat for your team? British Columbia’s Ski Crescendo has it all!
If you’re looking for a corporate retreat, then why not head to the Okanagan Mountains and enjoy some 5-star luxury, Ski Crescendo style?
In today’s business environment where being bombarded with notifications has become the daily norm, our modern chalet can provide the ideal escape and much-needed haven for a colleague get-together.
Even Dexter, from Accounting, will Love it!
Love it or hate it, team building has become a key part of the modern workplace. So, if one has to team-build, then I say “Let’s do it in style!”
Say, “No” to the ordinary (those drab hotel/conference rooms) and “Yes” to the extraordinary: Ski Crescendo. Our modern ‘fortress’ will leave your colleagues speechless (probably a first for Dexter, right?), and will provide your team with an experience that they won’t be able to refrain from talking about.
More Than a Ski Chalet
Nestled in the heart of Big White Ski Resort, Crescendo offers year-round corporate getaways.
The chalet is adaptable/configurable to accommodate a variety of corporate groups, sleeping up to 22 guests in 6 separate spaces. Our fully-equipped industrial standard kitchen will provide the greatest of feasts for hungry teams: whether you cook for yourselves or have us arrange a chef for you.
Be it for work, for pleasure, or for a combination of the two, we have you covered. Crescendo’s fibre optic internet is blazingly fast; we stream via LAN and WAN to our seven smart TVs, including to our 110” TV screen in the Theatre; both locally and in the cloud we have more than 1200 movies; we have whole-house audio (sixteen separate amplified zones) streaming Sirius/XM and Slacker, or your own playlist mirrored from your phone. With over 5,200 square feet of floor space, too, your team will have enough space to spread out and let their hair down.
Who will be the ultimate ping pong champion, pool shark, or poker master? Crescendo’s fully equipped Rec Room is great for team building and for moving away from corporate formalities. Later, and especially for those less competitively inclined, Crescendo’s indoor/outdoor hot tub is perfect.
Wine, Golf, and so Much More
Ski Crescendo’s ski/in ski out village location is second to none. The stand-alone chalet is right on the edge of the ski run, and a short walk from the village’s restaurants, bars, and shops. In the summer, the resort offers hiking and biking, and more.
The chalet is just 50km from the Kelowna international airport. Kelowna, too, is a beautiful lakeside resort town. Kelowna, in fact, is known as being BC’s Napa Valley. Surrounding the 90-mile Lake Okanagan, for example, are hundreds of vineyards, and wine-tasting is open year-round. Kelowna and the surrounding towns boast world-class golfing, as well.
Allow us to help you create memorable experiences: for your colleagues and for your team. Contact us today.
What’s On at Big White, Kelowna, BC
Big White in Numbers
Not only is Ski Crescendo Big White’s best luxury ski chalet, but we are also a font of knowledge when it comes to all things Big White! Why? Because we love Big White, and because we love sharing what we love with our inquisitive guests. So, this week, we figured we’d geek-out a bit, and share some of the stats surrounding those factors that have contributed to making Big White the best ski resort in British Columbia!
Here we go:
2 - Here at Big White, we have 2 fun loving mascots … Loose and Lucy Moose! Look for them the next time you’re in town!
7.2 - The length, in kilometres, of Big White’s longest run: that’s roughly 4.5 miles, for those south of the border (the one without the wall).
7.5 - The amount, in metres, of Big White’s average cumulative snowfall in Big White (more than 24 ½ feet). We’re at that amount already, and it’s only 2/3 of the way into this year’s ski season.
105 - The length, in kilometres, of marked runs (more than 65 miles) … Big White has it all, from Beginner to Extreme (beyond Expert).
1963 - The year Big White Ski Resort officially opened. Only one lift, back then, and that lift was a t-bar. Now, with 15 lifts traveling 20 million Vertical Transport Feet per hour, Big White has certainly come a long way. What hasn’t changed? Big White was, is, and will always be a Family Ski Resort.
1,755 - The height above sea level, in metres, where Big White’s Village is located. That’s about 5758 feet. As an aside, Crescendo sits at 5665 feet, making the approximate 100-yard walk from Crescendo to the Village a breeze.
2,000 - The number of skiable acres in Big White’s proposed expansion. The plan, then, adds more than 8km of skiable terrain. And we thought Big White couldn’t get any better!
28,000 - The number of skiers per hour who can be whisked away to the mountain’s various peaks by Big White’s state-of-the-art lift systems.
And now, some of Crescendo’s numbers:
0 - The number of times you’ll be too hot or too cold while staying at Crescendo. Our smart controls keep the chalet at the temperature of your choosing, and then electronically monitored 24/7. Our geothermal heating keep temps at a constant level, too, without there being any variance from the floor to about 6 ½ feet high. Crescendo’s geothermal system makes cold water, too, so that the home is air conditioned when its needed and where its needed. Zero, by the way, is also the number of unhappy guests that Crescendo has annually.
5 - The number of bathrooms at Crescendo.
6 - The number of private and semi-private rooms that can be dedicated as bedrooms.
22 - The number of adults that Crescendo can sleep in 5 star luxury!
30 - The height, in kilometres (just kidding, in feet, really), of Crescendo’s floor-to-ceiling glass, which looks out onto the slope and provides spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains.
76 - The number of 5 star reviews the chalet has accumulated on Trip Advisor.
150 - The number of guests Crescendo can accommodate for an Event (e.g., wedding, reunion).
5,200 – The amount of space, in square footage, of pure luxury found in Crescendo’s interior.
Unquantifiable - The number of unforgettable memories that we’ll help you to create while staying at Crescendo!
That’s it for now. If you have any questions about Crescendo or about Big White Ski Resort, just ask. We’re here to assist.