With Big White Ski Resort’s Winter 2020/21 season’s opening day a mere few weeks away, the resort is bustling and busy making preparations to be ready for the Winter 2020/21 season. If you have taken a drive around Big White lately you will notice a lot of new builds and updating happening. A perfect example of a growing neighbourhood on the hill is the exclusive Feathertop Estates. These high-end luxury chalets offer unbeatable views of the Monashee Mountains and top the scale of incredible ski homes. It’s not only new builds that are taking off, whether it’s those luxury chalets or studio apartments, real estate on the mountain is booming and doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
What’s Happening on the Hill – leading up to the winter 2020/21 season
This October Big White Ski Resort saw 29 deals complete with the lowest price being $139,000 and the highest a staggering $3,200,000 which was the incredible Crescendo Chalet! The average price was $531,569, up from last year’s average price of $405,631 over 20 sales.
This year, the resort has taken many extra precautions to ensure that all visitors and staff alike will be safe with new rules and protocols in place that follow the government’s COVID-19 guidelines. In a Castanet article, Big White vice-president Michael J. Ballingall said the resort will control the number of day passes to keep a handle on the numbers on the mountain. Skiers/snowboarders are also being urged to “stay in their bubble,” he said. Previous years Big White had relied heavily on foreign workers and has worked hard to lock in domestic staffers for the resort this year.
With my office located in the Village, I love watching the hustle and bustle of the resort starting to pick up. People are really looking forward to getting outside and enjoying the champagne powder that Big White has to offer. Stop by the office anytime to check out all of my listings and if you have any questions pop in or send me an email. I would be happy to help!
You can feel the excitement as 41 runs are now open and it’s just the beginning of the season! At 7595 ft Big White is one of the highest ranges in the Okanagan Highlands. Maybe this is one of the secrets to the Champagne Powder? For that reason and many others, we are the second largest ski resort in BC and continue to grow each year. Nestled in between the Monashee Mountains and the Okanagan Valley, this makes panoramic mountain views a reality. Our listings showcase a variety of price points making this a viable market for buyers and sellers.
With The Crescendo winning ‘Best Chalet’ at the World’s Ski Awards in Austria, Big White is getting recognized for its design and innovation. This definitely helps attract people from around the globe I gotta say, this ski resort continues to impress me! Imagine what you could do with your own custom build. Perhaps you’re thinking about a chalet or an investment property. Work with a team that has experience in designing and building on the mountain for over 30 years. The expertise of Weninger Construction can help you execute your dreams, take a look as they construct Black Forest Lodge.
As a result of the unique climate and terrain, you’ll want to consider durable materials like stone, wood, acrylic stucco or treated concrete. In addition, the mountain is home to sensitive plant life so you’ll need to strategize how to be of minimal impact on the environment. Keep in mind growing season is short so you’ll want to get plants that will thrive in those months. The mountain is also getting a 800K sewer upgrade. In case you have further questions about the development process application which needs to be obtained before a builders permit click here. Keep in mind Big White falls under the Kootney Boundry regional district zoning which allows for residential, high-density mixed residential\commercial, recreational, industrial, light industrial, and institutional & community facilities.
Check out these lots for some of the best locations to build in Feathertop. Feathertop is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods on the hill with access to Bullet Chair and Black Forest Chair. The alpine terrain is getting developed past here which makes this an ideal location to build your luxury chalet.
Who’s coming up to join me for all the festivities at Big White starting opening day Thursday, November 28th?! My office is right under Snowshoe Sams in the Village Center and I’m looking forward to seeing you all there and participating in the fun. You won’t want to miss all the exciting events planned. Imagine carving down the slopes and right into your very own ski-in and ski-out spot. It’s never too late in the season to explore the possibilities! P.S. Don’t miss the chance to stay during opening weekend and get 2 complimentary lift tickets!
Thursday, November 28th
The Village Centre Mall and Happy Valley Day Lodge open at 7:45 am. Be one of the first people down the mountain when the Ridge Rocket chair opens at 8:45 am and runs till 3:30 pm.
During this time you can grab a hug or a pic with Lucy Moose & Loose Moose. Also, complimentary hot chocolate and ‘opening day 2019’ stickers will be floating around. Live music at Sessions, 3-6 pm with Canadian acoustic duo Mabaleka.
Sessions Taphouse and Grill will be hosting events all weekend long so be sure to check them out. In addition, they are home to Elevation 57 Brewing Co. Canada’s highest brewery with 12 different beers on tap and a variety of indoor activities…you might even find yourself trapped here.
Friday, November 29th
Enjoy the slopes all day long and when your body needs a good stretch head over to Mountain Yoga Studio for 7 pm for Practice, Pants + Dance Party, limited space so get your tix in advance. Still buzzing check out ‘Far Out Friday’s’ at Sessions featuring DJ Mr. M from 9 pm to close.
Saturday, November 30th
If you can’t make it any of the other days come Saturday for all the fun! During the day there’s a ‘Patio Party’ at Sessions featuring DJs, vendors & bonfires from 11 am-5 pm (Sat & Sun). Enjoy live music, from Vancouver’s country trio,The Heels, they will be playing in the Village from 12:30-1:30 pm & 6-7 pm. Between 6-6:30 pm, you’ll see the Village transform into a majestic wonderland known asLight up Big White followed by fireworks!
If you’re in the mood to laugh head over to Globe Cafe who is featuring a Comedy Night with Glenn Wool, show starts at 9:30-11:30 pm,get tix here. Get ready to dance as the legendary duo ofSkiiTour will be at Sessions from 9 pm-close.
Sunday, December 1st
Take part in the Reindeer Round-Up Scavenger Hunt designed for the whole family, uncover the whereabouts of eight Reindeer that have escaped from Santa’s workshop and reveal the secret message to get them home. Get your clues from the concierge desk located in the Village Centre Mall. Explore the Village through your taste buds withWalk, Dine, and Wine, the ultimate winter culinary journey for food and wine-lovers. Starting 5 pm, Sundays-Thursdays till Dec 19th.
Opening Day is scheduled for November 28, 2019 (snow dependent) so mark it on your calendars and start getting your snow gear ready! This year Big White Ski Resort is going to be better than ever with many new developments and amenities to increase locals and tourists experience.
“As Canada’s Favourite Family Resort, we are constantly investing in improving the sliding on snow, riding on lifts, and enjoying our hospitality. Year after year, families are returning to Big White because we are paying attention to their good times. And for that, we are truly thankful.” says Michael J. Ballingall, Senior Vice President at Big White Ski Resort Ltd.
Despite the cooler temperatures, Big White Ski Resorts real estate market remains hot! The time for investors, families, and every one else to purchase the perfect Big White property is NOW! Whether you are planning on using the property yourself or using it for potential revenue income, there are many options for you to choose from. Old developments with the basic necessities to new buildings with luxury amenities like movies theaters and multiple pools there is a potential for incredible memories and revenue potential!
Get in touch with me today to receive new active listings within your criteria!
The Summer season at Big White Resort has begun and with that comes new people exploring the mountain. The summer season has allowed the Real Estate market to remain strong in the winters off season. As of today, Big White Ski Resort has 110 active listings, just 9 more active listings than June of 2018.
Average sale prices continue to gain momentum as Junes average sale price was $483,800, an increase of approximately 15k from May of this year, and, an even greater increase from June 2018 where the average sale price was just $292,500. If you like numbers, that is a 65% INCREASE! However, that doesn’t mean that all of the current listings at Big White are pricey, you can get into a mountain property for UNDER 100k; however, if your budget is more generous, there are also properties listed for up to 6.3 million.
The first half of 2019 has seen 57 sales, down from 2018s first half, but with the large increase in the average sale price, Big White Ski Resort remains a perfect opportunity for investors and vacationers alike. Buyers worldwide are still visiting Big White Ski Resort to explore the investment potential the mountain offers. With no speculation tax or foreign buyer tax, Big White Ski Resort is an ideal place for out of country investors to build their portfolio.
Big White Ski Resort and the strong real estate market make it a perfect time to purchase or sell your Big White property. Get in touch with me today for a complimentary market analysis or to receive new active listings within your criteria!