Record crowd at Big White
Wayne Moore - Jul 11, 2020 - Biz Releases

Photo: Big White

Bright Okanagan sunshine greeted outdoor enthusiasts on the first day of the summer season at Big White.

The ski hill opened for mountain bikers and hikers alike Friday, 114 days after it closed due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

More than 300 people hit the resort early in the day and more were expected for “Friday Night Bikes,” in the bike park.

Big White senior VP Michael J. Ballingall says he’s excited to finally get the summer season underway.

“With record crowds on opening day, we’re expecting that people want to get out and about. We look forward to being that space they escape to with the family,” he said in a news release Friday.

Chair lifts will take visitors to scenic Rhonda Lake, home to a network of hiking trails.

People visiting the mountain can bring their own bikes, or rent one on the hill. Five restaurants are also open.

The resort has installed hand sanitizing stations, additional outdoor seating and washrooms and other outdoor amenities for the health and safety of guests, staff and on-hill residents.

Saturday and Sunday, Big While is hosting a geo-hiking scavenger hunt. Clue sheets are available upon registration from 10 a.m. through 1 p.m. each day.

The hill will be open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Monday through Sept. 7.

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