Big White Community Clean Up Success

I’d like to start off by thanking every single person who attended, set up, organized, and made an impact this past weekend at Big White Ski Resort. The 2024 Big White Community Clean Up was a success. The participation from everyone enhanced our beautiful resort and played a crucial role in preserving its beauty. It’s shocking to witness the amount of garbage that appears once the snow melts, but its beautiful to be a part of, and witness the community coming together and making a difference.

It was absolutely empowering to see a community so close come together and work hard. My wonderful children got up at 5am, on their first weekend of Summer break, and volunteered all day. They gave it their all and with such great attitudes, it was awesome to see.

A special thank you goes to Deputy Carlisle for taking the lead role and not only collaborating with the regional district and Big White Ski Resort community, but also providing supplies, equipment and valuable information. The impact from this event is encouraging to see and our progress enhanced the resilience to wildfires through the Fire Smart resources.

The Bull Wheel provided the nutritional lunch to all of the hungry helpers who participated in the clean up, and it was well a deserved meal!\

It was a bonus that the weather cooperated this year, it was such a great day to be outside. Live where you play, and keep it clean.

Top 5 Most Wanted Features in a Big White Ski Resort Property

While every buyer is searching for something with their certain needs and wants, I am here to share the 5 most wanted features in a Big White Ski Resort property that are most common for buyers looking at purchasing property at the resort. Maybe a buyer is looking to check off all five of these boxes, or maybe just one, but these are the features that I have found to be the most wanted when working with both buyers and sellers at the resort.

TOP 5 MOST WANTED FEATURES IN A BIG WHITE SKI RESORT PROPERTY

  1. Ski-in/Ski Out Access

Ski-in/ski-out access is a highly sought after feature. Luckily, unlike other ski resorts like Whistler, Big White offers arguably the best ski-in/ski-out accessibility from nearly every property at the resort. Whether its right outside the door or a short walk to the closest run, ski-in/ski-out access is an attainable feature no matter where on the mountain you are.

  1. Well Run Strata

Having a predictable and proactive strata is another very important and wanted feature for those buyers looking to purchase a condo. As the majority of buyers are not living on the hill, having a well-run strata can ease the minds of buyers that are not always in the unit. With a well-run strata you can trust, a buyer can feel comfortable, and dependent that not only their unit will be looked after but the building itself maintained and functioning at the level they desire. Each building is different in how their strata runs so it is very important to work with a knowledgeable agent and of course review all strata documents.

  1. Rental Income Potential

As previously stated, many buyers are not living on the hill and often look for rental income potential to offset costs when they are not using the property for personal use. Some units provide a steady stream of revenue and others can be limited due to many factors. Revenue potential varies depending on the type of unit, location, and amenities it offers. Many agents will provide past revenue numbers and a revenue forecast if available and applicable.

  1. Location

This feature is completely dependant on each specific buyer but location is very important. Some buyers want to be right in the Village with amenities and activities just a few steps away, while others are looking for a more tranquil area. Happy Valley is a great location and highly sought after as it offers a close proximity to adventures such as ice skating, tubing, and more with also providing direct access to the Village from Lara’s Gondola.

  1. View

Admittedly, this feature is not as important to some as say, ski-in/ski-out access, however many buyers are looking for a property that showcases the stunning Monashee Mountains. Whether it’s from a gorgeous chalet in Feathertop Estates or a condo in the Village centre, views can be a massive selling feature. With the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets that the resort is blessed with, its no wonder views make the top 5 most wanted features in a Big White Ski Resort property.

With the news of the foreign buyer ban being extended, and the resort being exempt from the short term rental ban, Big White Ski Resort is a superb investment for global and local clientele.

Big White’s Summer season is here

The big day is here, Big White’s Summer season starts tomorrow, June 29th. After a short shoulder season, the resort has cleaned up, geared up, and is set up for the upcoming summer season. With huge events scheduled, more biking opportunities than ever, and an entire mountain to explore while hiking it’s no wonder the summers at Big White have become a very popular summer vacation destination.

There is more than biking and hiking at the resort too. You can play a round of 9 holes at the disc golf course (which is free!), attend the Craft & Country Beer & Music Mountain Festival, or enjoy the Summer Music Series Saturdays in the Village. And that is just the beginning, you can check out all of the events here.

Along with the shoulder season usually comes a slower real estate market and this year was no exception. Although we did see multiple sales there was a noticeable drop in showings and offers. That is no surprise with the resort being closed and traffic to the much less than the busy winter season. Another reason for some the slower market is that there is always a portion of sellers who remove their listing from the MLS in order to do some updates, etc during the off season and then get ready to Re-list once the resort re-opens.

Even this past week, leading up to opening day, you can see that the market is already rising with more showings, new listings, and accepted offers.

221-5340 Big White Road | $225,000CAD

406-5030 Snowbird Way | $1,050,000

Owning a property at Big White resort is attainable for many as the price range is vast. You can get a fully renovated studio unit with income generating potential for $225,000CAD. Or if you budget allows it, a penthouse suite with two primary suites in Happy Valley for $1,050,000CAD.

Whether your real estate portfolio goal is to purchase a piece of Big White’s magic for your family to enjoy, or to firm up a deal in order to generate income and potentially grow your portfolio in the future with more investment properties – Big White Resort can accommodate your needs.

Exciting Times in Spring 2023

Spring 2023 is off to an exciting start in Real Estate! Interest rates were held again and the market is strong with Kelowna beating out Victoria to be the 3rd highest rental rate in the country. Big White Ski Resort is also experiencing one of the best rental seasons to date.

With lots of exciting music events happening like the Alti-tunes Fest at Big White this past weekend and the upcoming Rock the Lake in Kelowna and the many more events that are scheduled this coming spring and summer it is sure to bring in many tourists and people looking to possibly invest in the Okanagan and area. It’s very exciting that this area is where people dream of moving to – we are so lucky to live here.

Kelowna Real Estate Recap

Kelowna’s sale numbers increased last month when comparing to the previous months. “The upwards movement in sales activity compared to the previous month is showing signs that market activity is on its way to recovering from the previous month’s slump, while still maintaining healthy market activity,” said Association of Interior Realtors past-president Lyndi Cruickshank.

This is good news for Kelowna and Big White as a healthy and balance market is beneficial for both buyers and sellers.

The benchmark price rose above 1 million in March with the average being $1,001,500 – an increase from February but a 14% decrease from March 2022. Days to sell has also risen to 55 days on average – nearly double from March 2022 which, as we know, was an unprecedented time.

Big White Ski Resort Recap

As previously mentioned, the resort is experiencing one of the best rental seasons to date. With that in mind, many potential buyers are looking to invest at Big White as the benefits can be tremendous.

March saw a total of 14 sales at the resort, a decrease from 2022’s 25 sales. Even with the lower sales count, if the property is priced right and sought after there will be a buyer looking to commit.

To end of this real estate recap on a fun note, I’ve included some some fun facts from the season at Big White Ski Resort from Michael J Ballingall:

  • Events team served up nearly 5,000 cones of cotton candy to over 7,000 eager kids on Saturday at our weekly Carnival night. Over 7,000 new heads donned the famous Big White pom-pom toque, with over 100,000 now sold around the world.
    Big White’s food and beverage team served up 35,808 pounds of french fries, 49,971 shots of espresso (2,122 pounds of beans) and 17,263 liters of hot chocolate. Snowshoe Sam’s cooked over 7,500 Smash Burgers!
  • Visitors enjoyed over 125,000 tube rides, nearly 7,500 people went for a rip at night, and our brand new POWder Card made it into the hands of over 3,000 people.
  • Our outdoor operations team parked just under 130,000 cars, and our airport shuttle transported nearly 21,000 people to and from the resort, with the largest day being Saturday, February 25 with 404 people.
  • The Kids’ Centre, back for the first season since 2020, served up over 6,000 juice boxes and 1,300 litres of hot chocolate. Nearly 400 kids were dropped off at the Tot Town Daycare, and our Ski & Board School gave out around 2,500 private lessons and over 25,000 group lessons. Our Snow Hosts conducted over 500 free on-mountain tours with over 1,200 guests.
  • This season, we saw the return of our weekly events schedule, including Carnival Night, Bingo Night and Trivia Night. We also saw the return of Big Reds – with both nights selling out – and night skiing.
  • All 873 Big White team members want to send out a huge thank you to everyone, especially our loyal season passholders and locals, who came to enjoy our Okanagan Champagne Powder! We’ll see you in a few short months for summer – opening June 29 if weather permits

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me here.

March Fun at Big White Ski Resort

March is time for fun at Big White Ski Resort. With many heading to the mountain for Spring Break – the resort is bustling and full of life! Property owners and renters alike are enjoying time at the hill – and with these events its hard not to.

As for Real Estate, there are plenty of showings happening around the resort as well with more and more people interested in investing at Big White Ski Resort.

March Fun at Big White Ski Resort – events

Of course, every Saturday night, the greatest firework show in town explodes down in Happy Valley. Its the perfect chance for the family to enjoy some great fireworks, take a skate around the skating rink, slide your way down tube town, or just enjoy from a window overlooking Happy Valley. This event starts at 9pm every Saturday.

Another big hit in March is the Moose Cruz! Starting March 22-23, this scavenger hunt is like no other. Discover and engage with the mountain, solving clues, exploring terrain and of course the most important, having fun!! Find all the information you need here.

And, the highly popular AltiTunes Music Festival takes place March 31, April 1 at the resort. This highly anticipated event will rock the resort with bands like Moontricks, DJ Invizible, Meems, Shred Kelly and many more! This is a celebration with live music, outdoor activities, and of course skiing! This event is a 19+ event and tickets are selling FAST. Learn more about this event here.

Brief Real Estate Update

Along with all of the fun events happening at the resort, real estate is also busy and seems to have picked up with Spring break happening. Many buyers are looking to find a vacation home to retreat to on the weekends or during school breaks. Units have been renting quite well so far this year with many fully booked for the remainder of the season. Investing on the hill at this time is a great opportunity!

Whether you are searching for an affordable studio unit that you can lock and leave or a luxury chalet with beautiful views, the market is seeing it all. Many people are loving the buildings with amenities such as a pool, fitness room etc.. as it does set it apart from the others than do not have amenities and most do not have rental restrictions.

So far March has seen 6 firm deals, a drop compared to March last year which firm deals equaled 25. The average sale price in March 2022 was $690,128 while thus far March is sitting at an average of $509,417.

I will be on the hill all of Spring break – so give me a call or stop by my office in the Village under Snowshoe Sams. I have plenty of brochures for current listings and can answer any questions you may have about rental revenue, investing, and more! You can also start by contacting me here!

March Fun at Big White Ski Resort

Historic and Exciting News for Big White Ski Resort

In the last 54 years, we went from no accommodations, the first one was constructed in 1968, to what you see at Big White Ski Resort today which is just over 3,000 units.

There has been quintessential development and steady growth at the resort and it’s exciting to hear and now share the historic and exciting news for Big White Ski Resort that is currently in the works and the future plans. In addition to accommodation developments, Big White has grown to be the second largest lift system in Canada.

Historic and Exciting News for Big White Ski Resort

Black Forest Residences is marketed and sold by EPIC Real Estate Solutions Inc. I provide buyer representation to those interested.

As the 1999 master plan completes, the resort focuses on the Black Forest area. This included a $6m utility investment, $1m skier overpass, and 8 development sites this past summer. The developmental sites include:

  • Staff accommodations for up to 400 more staff;
  • an 11 acre site for 44 single and duplex buildings called The Glades with Acorn Communities;
  • a 7.5 acre, 35 homes and 15 townhomes development by Iron Horse Developments; and a
  • 172 unit development offering micro suites. Which is currently preselling with K-West.

For information on these developments, as well as future plans, please visit Big White Ski Resort’s website, or contact Jordan Hettinga ([email protected]) or Paul Plocktis ([email protected])

M​onashee Ridge is another development that has been a desirable place for buyers. These chalet’s are ski-in/ski-out with low strata fees, snowmobile accessible, and feature stunning mountain views. These 3-4 bedroom properties offers vaulted ceilings, open concept floorplan and room for everything.

As in the previously published blog, in the resort’s new 50 year master plan, there will be a tremendous increase in further accommodations and terrain.

When this historic and exciting news for Big White Ski Resort is approved, the plan would increase skiable terrain to over 1000 hectares and the number of lifts would total 35. To handle all of this, the resort would double in size and number of developments.

Big White Ski Resort has a bright future and one of the contributing factors is that Big White doesn’t have any land in ALR, so you can still purchase a property walking or sliding distance to the Village, and 100% of the overnight accommodations are ski-in/ski out. This is significant in differentiating Big White from other Canadian resorts such as Whistler which over offers approximately 20% of their bed base deemed ski-in/ski out.

(information source: Jordan Hettinga)

Big White Homes Are Avoiding Correction

There is no doubt that we have been seeing a slight down turn in the median home prices since Spring of this year. This is partly due to more inventory being available and the rising mortgage rates. Big White Ski Resort, among other ski resorts in Canada, have avoided the correction and are predicted to only see a 3% decrease in median price on high-end homes.

Big White Ski Resort and other ski resorts have remained strong within this market due to foreign buyers motivated to purchase before the ban takes place, which is on January 1 2023. However, Big White Ski Resort is exempt from the ban, making it a great area to purchase as a foreign buyer.

Another reason is that even though the mortgage rates are higher than normal, when people purchase at a ski resort it is more than likely a second home. With that in play, many people take out equity in their primary home in order to purchase their secondary vacation home. So there is no need for a mortgage and the rising rates won’t deter them from a purchase.

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The average sale price for Big White homes in 2021  was $490,000. When you compare that to this year’s (to-date) average sale price at $606,000, it is quite an increase and confirms that the resort has not seen the dip that was expected.

That being said, prices have slightly shifted but sellers who bought within the height are still gaining profit in their sale, just with a slight price decrease if you compare it to earlier this year.

There are currently 76 Big White Homes  listed at Big White Ski Resort and with an array of options available, there can be a property found whatever your budget may be. If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell at Big White Ski Resort, you can reach out to me here.

Get Ready for Summer at Big White

April 5, 2022 marked the last day of the Winter 2021/2022 season. You know what that means now? It’s time to get ready for summer at Big White!

This years summer season will start on June 30th and run until September 5th, 2022. Last summer it was incredible to see the events and amount of action we had even with restrictions were in place and we are excited this summer to pump it up to the next level because this summer is sure to be jam packed with events for the entire family. It’s very exciting to see the resort thriving and people being able to get outdoors more. Because as you know, it’s better to be outside!

Events

Big White Resort is bringing back many favorites like Craft & Country Music Festival, Freeride Days, Mountain bike boot camps and Spartan Race. You can find all the details about the resort’s summer events here.

The Annual Big White Community Clean Up takes place on June 11th, prior to opening day, to ensure the resort is in tip top shapes after all of the snow has melted. There is also a complimentary BBQ & t shirt for those who participate. Disposable gloves and garbage bags will be provided after registration which takes place at 9am in the Village. For further information click here.

New Developments

There is more than just events happening at the resort. There are multiple new developments underway. This is exciting and promising to see as more and more people are interested in buying a piece of beautiful Big White Ski Resort. Modern mountain living is coming and some pre-sales are already happening!

Monashee Ridge at Big White is mountain living at its best! Ski-in and ski-out, these single family homes boast spectacular views, modern mountain designs and low strata fees. Phase 1 has already sold out, so make sure to get your foot in the door for phase 2…coming soon!

Vita Residences at Black Forest by K West Homes are affordable smart, fully furnished studios starting at $399k. A $60M development, there will be 200 condos located just 50m from the base of the Black Forest chair lift.

Two more developments in Black Forest, Wild Wood and Blackhawk, are scheduled to commence in Fall 2022. Wild Wood will consist of 24 lots (single family or duplexes) with homes starting at $900k and Blackhawk will offer 16 townhomes.

Spyglass at Big White, luxury townhouses in Happy Valley, is currently constructing their final phase of 27 units. These townhouses are scheduled to be move-in ready for the 2022/23 ski season!

Big White Stats

April has continued to be a strong real estate market. The average sale price thus far is $850,613 – with a total of 8 properties being firmed up this month. The average days to sell since the beginning of the year is sitting at just 41 days. The same time frame last year we were seeing an average of 57 days on the market for a Big White property.

Currently there are 54 properties listed in the Big White area. There are affordable options, starting at 184k, all the way up to multi million dollar townhomes and chalets. The close price to list price is remaining high at 99.1% in April.

The summer season is exciting to watch grow because since 2017, the first summer season open, the resort has absolutely flourished with events, developments, businesses, and relationships all over the globe.

Feel free to reach out and contact me with any question you have about Big White, the summer season, and what’s happening in Real Estate!

Hello 21/22 Winter Season at Big White Ski Resort

The final countdown is on to the 21/22 winter season at Big White Ski Resort. Are you ready? Passes bought, snowboard tuned and fresh gear? With less than 3 weeks to go, the resort has been seeing beautiful champagne powder fall in preparation for opening day. The village base is currently at 21cm as November 8th, a good start to the season. If you’re as eager as I am, you can watch the webcams here! The hype around the village is energetic and felt throughout. The restaurants, shops, and resort staff are all gearing up for the start of what is predicted to be an amazing winter season.

More New Things for the 21/22 Winter Season Big White Ski Resort

As discussed in my previous blog, there are many new and exciting things happening at the resort this year like Squawk Box (seriously check out the blog). In addition to those mentioned in that blog, Big White Ski Resort is also now home to the first Mexican restaurant on the mountain. Cantina del Centro, which also has a location in downtown Kelowna, is opening its doors in The Inn at Big White. The culinary variety at the resort is expanding every season and its nice to see numerous cultures and cuisines available.

Investing at Big White

Over the years, Big White Ski Resort has become a major hot spot for real estate investing. Consumers from all over the world purchase property at the resort.  They use for generating income when not being used themselves. This is a great way to be able to have a vacation home and investment home in one. The resort sees many tourists arriving and renting condos and chalets for days or weeks at a time providing great revenue for the investor. This year we have seen an increase of not only investors purchasing but also families. The resort is less than a 45 minute drive from Kelowna making it a great place for families to escape to on the weekends.

In October, there were 33 sales at the resort. A 65% increase if you compare to 2019 which saw just 20 sales in October when the average sale price was $405,631. Which, is fairly on par with this October’s which was $414,433. We saw a 1 bedroom unit sell at $120,000, a luxury ski home sell for $1.1M and everything in between. 75% of those sales were under 500K.

Big White Ski Resort is so much more than investing in a property. It’s about investing in growth, family, and the pursuit of enjoying the beautiful outdoors. It’s better to be outside.

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Big White Ski Resort’s Opening Day

Big White Ski Resort was just voted best in the province and the second-best in Canada, according to Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the top five ski resorts in Canada, part of the magazine’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards. So its no wonder Big White Ski Resort’s opening day is highly anticipated this year. And with November 25th approaching quickly I’m sharing the ‘need to knows’ for the 2021/22 Winter Season.

Big White Ski Resort’s Opening Day

As mentioned, November 25th is opening day for the 2021/22 season. Michael J. Ballingall, senior vice-president of Big White, said “last winter was one of their best ever for season passes”, and this year seems to be proving the same outcome with strong season pass sales already. Early bird season passes are still available until October 17th (you can buy them here) and, because they are the #2 ski resort is Canada, the resort is on everyone’s radar.

Snow has already started to dust the resort and the entire Village is working hard to welcome everyone on opening day.

What’s New

As with every new season, comes new activities, protocols, and options at Big White. Along with more parking locations, outdoor washrooms, and touchless faucets, the resort has gained a Squawk Box. What’s a Squawk Box you ask? It’s the newest, online food delivery service where chicken is the main event!

Following suit with other major Canadian ski resorts,  Michael J. Ballingall recently announced they are implementing mandatory vaccines for all employees of the resort. He said the goal is to get people to come out, work, play and live in the mountains for the lifestyle experience. And if being safe by being double vaccinated is a part of it then we’re happy to do it.

Real Estate Market

With strong indications of a fantastic season at the resort, real estate on the mountain has remained strong and continues to break expectations. Year to date on today October 15th, the resort has seen 198 sales, a 32% increase from the same time period in 2020 which we know was a hot market as well.

However, with an increase of sales, usually comes a decrease of inventory. Comparing this October to October 2020 we have 49% less inventory at the resort. So what does that mean? Sellers are getting top dollar for their properties and buyers are jumping in now before the prices increase even further. Year to date, over 99 million dollars in sales has occurred at Big White Ski Resort, a 30 million dollar leap from year to date 2020.

More and more people are exploring this gem and falling in love with everything it has to offer. Big White Ski Resort is a fantastic family fun place to enjoy and explore the outdoors. Just 45 minutes from Kelowna, this mountain paradise is truly one of a kind. As always I’m happy to answer any questions you have and you can contact me here or pop into my office in the Village under Snowshoe Sam’s!

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