Big White Ski Resort has officially started constructing a world-class, lift-served mountain bike trail network with 100’s of acres of gravity fed trails, terrain parks, pump tracks, and freestyle training facilities. In June, Alpine Bike Parks began trail design and construction started in early August. Alpine brought on local riders Tom and Bas van Steenbergen and started carving out trails for Big White’s master plan developed by Brent Harley and Associates. For 2017, there will be a spectrum of trails for all ability levels, including pro-level trails designed by Tom and Bas.
For over 50 years, Big White has been consistently ranked as Canada’s top family ski resort. Located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, the resort village is a 45-minute drive from Kelowna, 5 hours from Vancouver and 6 hours from Seattle.
Bike Big White’s goal is to create a unique asylum for the mountain biking community. At full build out, this family-friendly trail network will include more than 30 trails (70% flow and 30% technical) to explore for years to come.
Working around the clock to build world-class downhill trails before the snow flies, Alpine’s team has just scratched the surface of the resort’s wild alpine terrain. Everyone is psyched to make Big White’s ride-in, ride-out alpine trails legendary. The collaboration process between the resort, the builders, and the hometown hero’s has created something special that Big White is very proud to release. The bike park opens in the summer of 2017.
“Through the years, I have become an avid gravity mountain biker and often I find my family traveling long distances to ride great trails,” said Big White’s President, Peter Plimmer. “So, I have to say that this project is as much a personal lifestyle decision as it is a business decision. We want to have an awesome place to ride close to home and I believe the personal meaning of this project to our family will differentiate us from other lift-served riding destinations.”
Tom and Bas scheme on the optimal line with Alpine’s PM Morgan Benbough.
Dustin Gilding, Alpine’s lead trail designer and excavator operator, points out the line to ReBull Media House producer Harrison Mendel. Harrison has brought together an all-star crew to capture the magic up on the mountain this summer. Be on the lookout for some great content dropping in the coming months.
It would be an understatement to say that there are BIG things to come from Big White.
The dirt at big white is prime right now.
A couple trails on the lower mountain are complete and Tom and Bas took some time out to test ride them…
There are multiple lips and wide landings aplenty.
Alpine’s owner Judd de Vall brought his kids out to test out the trails… 9-year old Anthony Shelly with the big no-footer!
Smiles all around from the groms – Big White is Li’l Shredder approved.
Thank you Dustin Gilding for all that you do – Good luck to you and Carson at Rampage in the weeks ahead
Up and comer Kelowna rider Ben Schleith… Thanks for your shovelling and filming.
Thank you to the awesome crew. We could never have planned for this and we are so proud to have been able to get this park off to such a great start!
Big White mountain biking trails
“Big White Resort has some exciting collaborations and projects in the works with trendsetting riders, builders, and bike industry companies,” adds Plimmer. “We look forward to sharing our story with you as we undertake and continue this exciting and creative process.”
For more information visit bikebigwhite.com
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