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Warm weather is bad news for Big White skiers

Big White Ski Resort has experienced warm weather this week, affecting opening weekend run availability.
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November 15, 2013 - 9:44 AM

KELOWNA – The recent warm weather in the Valley may be good news for residents, but it has made life at Big White Ski Resort unpredictable.

“We’ve lost about half of our base this week,” says Senior V.P. Michael J. Ballingall. “We had a good dump of snow last week. Unfortunately, it warmed up quite a bit so we’re not going to be able to open up as much as we thought, unless Mother Nature is kind to us again on Friday.”

The resort had planned to open three of their 16 chair lifts two weeks ahead of schedule, however the Ridge Rocket will likely have to wait for cooler temperatures and more snow, according to Ballingall. He says unless they receive a significant snowfall before the weekend, the only lifts that will be open this weekend will be the Plaza Chair and the Gondola, with limited runs from each.

Last year, the resort didn’t open until Nov. 30.

 “We’re still expecting a couple thousand people this weekend,” says Ballingall. “There’s a pent-up demand for people to slide on snow and our policy is to open as soon as snow permits.”

In celebration of being the first ski resort in B.C. to open this season, Big White will be offering lift tickets, rental equipment and lessons at half price on opening day (Saturday).

For up-to-date information on lift statuses, visit this website.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca, call (250) 718-0428 or tweet @AdamProskiw.

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