Early opening of Gem Lake quad at Big White

Bronwen Gora from Sydney, Australia.
Image Credit: Big White

BIG WHITE - The long anticipated opening of the Gem Lake 4 Passenger Express Quad has finally hit Big White Ski Resort! 

This is the resort’s third earliest opening of the Gem Lake Express in the chair’s 17 year history.  Mother Nature has rewarded the mountain with the highest alpine base in BC, of 128 cm.  Conditions as such have permitted the opening of one of everyone’s favorite chairlifts at Big White Ski Resort.

Skiers and boarders were in line, clambering to ride the first chair up the mountain, some arriving as early as 7:00am despite the fact lifts don’t commence operation till 8:30am.  Following last week’s cold snap, riders were more than happy with the balmy -3 degrees Celsius weather we had for this morning’s opening.

“Gem Lake has always been my favorite chairlift, there was no way I was missing this” commented Brad, a Big White local, who was one of the eager snowboarders lining up prior to the lift opening.  “My first run of the day was Blue Sapphire.  We were getting fresh tracks and powder the whole way down, it was awesome!”

Untouched snow and the very best Champagne powder provided Big White with one of its best Gem Lake openings yet!  Smiles on the masses pillaging down the hill was a dead giveaway of the favorable conditions Gem Lake had to offer.  Need to warm up or treat yourself to food and drinks?  The Moonlight Bistro located in The Westridge Day Lodge is now open also from, 8:15am – 4:00pm daily.  The Gem Lake lift will operate daily 8:30am – 3:30pm.  Parking is also available, free of charge, at The Westridge parking lot throughout the season.

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