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snowboard and ski
Nov18

Ski and Snowboard in the Okanagan

Ready to book your next British Columbia ski vacation? Looking for an alternative to Whistler? The Okanagan valley is home to a number of mountains that have varied terrain and budget-friendly pricing.  Here are three ski resorts within easy driving distance from La Casa.

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort – West Kelowna

Exciting news! The Crystal Mountain ski area has been closed for a number of years—but the area is under development and is set to reopen under a new name and new management this winter! Fingers crossed everything goes to plan: we can’t wait to see what happens here. It’s the only ski area in West Kelowna after all, meaning it’s less than a 1 hour drive from La Casa to Crystal Mountain. 

Silver Star Ski Resort – Vernon

Cozy would be the correct word to describe Silver Star.  The mountain village offers a range of ski-in, ski-out accommodation options that minimise your time from sleep to slopes. The resort is very popular with locals and has a friendly vibe, often less busy than the larger mountains…but still with an impressive amount of terrain.  Silver Star is around a 1 hour 30 minute drive from La Casa.

Big White Ski Resort – Kelowna

Big White is a Mecca for winter sports enthusiasts with an average annual snowfall of 750 cm, 16 lifts, 119 designated trails, 25km of cross country trails and more! New additions for the 2019/20 season include: an extra magic carpet for beginners, more gondola cabins on Lara’s gondola, and a new trail that allows skiers and snowboards to access Westridge earlier on in the season. Sounds good to us—and just under a 1 hour 30 minute drive from La Casa too.

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Organising a group ski vacation? The La Casa Mirador Guest House can sleep up to 26 people and is perfect for large groups of family or friends. Spend some quality time together this winter (and discover a ski resort, or two).

Silver Star Mountain Resort
Jan29

5 Reasons to make Silver Star your Mountain of Choice

 

We know you’ve got plenty of choice when it comes to winter activities, but let’s not forget the local mountains! Silver Star Mountain Resort, close to Vernon and Kelowna, is renowned for having awesome snow conditions, long hours of operation and a fabulous view.  Check out our top 5 reasons to visit:

 

  • Night Skiing:

    Silver Star offers a great amount of night skiing, so you don’t have to leave the mountain when the sun sets! Night skiing starts from 3.30pm on the Summit Chair and Silver Queen Chair; perfect for after work or an extended day on the slopes.  And that’s not the only activity available after dark – check out the Cross-Country Night Loop or Brewer’s Pond Ice Skating Rink for something a little bit different.  Both attractions are open till late, meaning you have plenty of options to keep the whole family entertained while you hit that last run down the mountain.

  • Easy drive from Kelowna, Kelowna Airport and even La Casa:

    Only 22km north of Vernon, Silver Star is easy to get to, no matter where you are coming from within the Vernon and Kelowna area.  Kelowna International Airport is less than an hour’s drive from the mountain and downtown Kelowna is only 1 hour and 15 minutes away!  If you are staying at La Casa, then this is one of the easiest Mountain Resorts to get to as it is literally a one hour’s drive door to door…

  • 3rd Largest Ski Area in BC:

    There are plenty of ski areas in BC to try out each winter, sometimes it feels like there are TOO many to choose from!  Don’t forget that Silver Star is the 3rd largest ski area in BC so you are sure to get plenty out of your visit.  With 3,282 skiable acres, 132 marked runs, and a longest run of 8km, you’ve got more than enough Terrain to keep you occupied for days.  The mountain is also great for beginners as 15% of this terrain are green runs, easiest routes down the mountain and suitable for those just starting out on the snow.

  • Small town vibes:

    The village sits at 1,609m, meaning that this a proper ski-in, ski-out destination. With vibrant, colourful buildings and friendly long-time locals, Silver Star doesn’t feel like your typical tourist resort.  This quaint village is small and welcoming so when you’re not shredding the slopes, you will find yourself sharing drinks with residents and feeling like you’re right at home.

  • Not just alpine – Fat Bike, Snowshoe, Nordic:

    Alpine Skiing and snowboarding not your cup of tea? That’s okay; you can still pay Silver Star a visit! With 8 fat bike trails, 15 snowshoe trails, plenty of Nordic ski trails and 3 terrain parks, you can find the ideal adventure for you.  There’s literally so many options at Silver Star, it’s amazing!

    Silver Star Mountain Ski Resort

Are you excited about hitting the slopes?  Thinking of planning next year’s winter getaway?  Wondering where to organise your ski holiday?  We have the perfect property for you!  Choose La Casa’s Guest House – a property that sleeps up to 26 people with plenty of facilities – and have the perfect base for your mountain adventures.

 

For more information on the Guest House, please refer to our Weddings and Groups information or give us a call on 1-888-226-5566.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Okanagan Ski Snowboard
Jan15

Where to Ski in the Okanagan, BC

Ever wondered what the options were for skiing or boarding in the Okanagan, BC?  Well we have done our research and can now provide you with the Mountain Stats for all 5 of these wonderful Ski Areas.  Take a look and plan your next snow adventure!

Silver Star Mountain Resort (3rd Largest Ski Area in BC)

Adult Full-Day Lift Pass: $96
Child Full-Day Lift Pass: $50 – $77
Location: 22km from Vernon, BC; 65km from Kelowna Airport
Operating Hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm / Night Skiing 3.30pm – 8.30pm
Mountain Elevation: 1, 915m
Amount of Terrain: 3,282 Skiable Acres
Beginner Terrain: 15% of Terrain + Silver Queen Beginners Area
Number of Runs: 132 Marked Runs
Longest Run: 8km

Big White Ski Resort

Adult Full-Day Lift Pass: $95- $105
Child/ Youth Full-Day Lift Pass: $54 – $89
Location: 56km from Kelowna, BC
Operating Hours: 8:45am – 3.30pm / Night Skiing 3.30pm – 8.00pm
Mountain Elevation: 2, 319m
Amount of Terrain: 1, 525 Acres
Beginner Terrain: 18% of Runs are Beginner
Number of Runs: 118 Designated Trails
Longest Run: 7.2km

Apex Mountain Resort

Adult Full-Day Lift Pass: $80
Child/ Youth Full-Day Lift Pass: $50 – $66
Location: 33km from Pentiction, BC
Operating Hours: 9.00am – 3.30pm / Night Skiing 4.00pm – 9.00pm
Mountain Elevation: 2, 180m
Amount of Terrain: 1,113 Skiable Acres
Beginner Terrain: 16% of Terrain
Number of Runs: 73 Downhill Trails
Longest Run: 5km

Sun Peaks Ski Resort (Canada’s Second Largest Ski Area)

Adult Full-Day Lift Pass: $95
Child/ Youth Full-Day Lift Pass: $48 – $76
Location: 50km from Kamloops, BC
Operating Hours: 9.00am – 3.30pm
Mountain Elevation: 2, 152m
Amount of Terrain: 4,270 Skiable Acres
Beginner Terrain: 10% of Terrain
Number of Runs: 135 Trails
Longest Run: 8km

Baldy Mountain Resort

Adult Full-Day Lift Pass: $55
Child/ Youth Full-Day Lift Pass: $10 – $35
Location: 38km from Oliver, BC; 57km from Osoyoos, BC
Mountain Elevation: 2,303m
Amount of Terrain: 225 Acres
Beginner Terrain: 33% of Terrain
Number of Runs: 34 Runs
Longest Run: 1km

 

And so the question is – which one is your favourite?

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

 

 

Apex Mountain Resort, Snow
Dec11

If you still fancy heading to the Okanagan this winter, why not visit Apex Mountain Resort?  This resort is located thirty minutes from Penticton and is perfect for a day trip or a stop-over especially if you like the snow!

Apex is largely a winter resort and builds its income from the amount of snow sports it offers.  With a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails – the longest run being close to 5km – this is a great ski resort to try out.  Test your skills this winter on one of the 73 downhill trails.

Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Tubing & Ice Skating!

If skiing or snowboarding is not really your thing, there are plenty of other optional activities you can take part in.  Why not rent some snowshoes and try hiking up one of the mountain trails?  It might take you a while to get used to the feeling of having weird metal contraptions on your feet – but just aim to walk normally and it will be easier than you think! Snowshoeing is an awesome way to experience the snow as well as giving you a workout.

For those that are looking for something a little less physical or an activity for the youngsters, Apex Mountain Resort also has a tube park.  Tube Parks are a family favourite – sliding down a hill in a tube never gets boring, no matter how old you are!

More of an ice-skater?  Apex has an ice rink too! Not only does it have an NHL-sized Outdoor Hockey rink, but it is also home to an Ice Skating Adventure Loop which is a 1km ice loop through the natural environment.  Admire the snow-lined trees and enjoy evenings skating against the stars and fairy lights.

Learn more about this gorgeous mountain resort here, and enjoy the Okanagan in the snow!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

sun peaks resort
Nov27

Why you should Ski at Sun Peaks Resort this Winter

 

While Sun Peaks Resort may not be as sought after as Whistler, it continues to offer superb ski conditions. Nestled high up in the Okanagan region, a short drive from Kamloops and just over three hours from Kelowna, Sun Peaks is Canada’s second largest ski area.

With three mountains and 4,270 acres of terrain, there’s a trail here for everyone.  You have the chance to ski all areas in one day as all mountains can be accessed easily.  There are many beginner, intermediate and advanced runs available across all areas of the Ski Resort so the whole family will be able to try out the snow, even if they’re not confident!

If backcountry is more your thing, the resort offers some excellent Nordic trails! Find your way through the mountains, admiring exceptional sights along the way.  Catch up with other Nordic enthusiasts at the Sun Peaks Nordic Centre or take your dog skiing on the pet friendly trails.

For those new to winter sports, there is the Sports School on site. They offer a range of lessons so that everyone can feel confident in their boots.  With options for all levels of ability, the sports school should be your first stop on the mountain! Improve your skills and make friends whilst getting ready to enjoy the season.

When you’re tired of perfecting your moves on the slopes, why not take some chill-out time?  Sun Peaks has lots of other activities on site such as tubing, dog sled rides and ice fishing.  More into shopping?  That’s okay too. Sun Peaks has a cute range of boutique shops where you’ll find all the gifts you never knew you wanted.  Take a sip of regional wine and wonder why you’ve never ventured out here before.

Being in the Okanagan Region, Sun Peaks has a high percentage of sun each year yet still manages to have a full helping of snow!  Look forward to lots of bluebird days and leave with an understanding of how this charming resort has earned its name.

In short, Sun Peaks needs to be on your bucket list this winter.

Written by Hannah Poaros