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Big White Mountain and East Peak

Big White Ski Resort

A scenic journey through some fabulous ski terrain

Ski Touring Difficult

3.1 km
291 m
521 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2.3 km
Big White Mountain and East Peak Map

This tour takes you outside the boundaries of Big White ski area. If you're going to use the Big White lift system to access out of bounds terrain then, at the very least, make sure you're suitably equipped and experienced for the tour you're doing. It's officially not permitted to use the lifts to access the backcountry but it seems to be tolerated if skiers are sensible and respectful of the terrain they're entering. Don't be the reason that Big White ski patrol get stricter!


From the top of the Alpine T-Bar, put your skis on your shoulder and hike up to the top of Big White Mountain. It's only a 5 - 10 minute hike and quickly takes you from the bustle of the ski area to the wilds of BC. Once on the summit put skis back on and ski down the mountain's east ridge to a small col north of the Cliff chairlift. In all but the best of conditions the ski down to the col will be a bumpy, icy ride!

Put your skis back on your shoulder and make the 10 - 15 minute hike onto the summit of East Peak. There are plenty of options here but the one most commonly in-condition one is descending East Peak's north ridge briefly and then dropping right into a gorgeous tree filled bowl. Ski this, drifting skier's right all the way down until you run out of good terrain.

Skin back up East Peak and ski back down to the col above Cliff chairlift. From here, a fun little gully leads back down to the groomers.



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between December and April


  • Bowl
  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins

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