The Southern Interior’s major skihills have a full schedule of summer events designed to appeal to everyone from sports enthusiasts to hikers/cyclists to arts and culture lovers.
Some upcoming events at Big White Ski Resort:
— Craft & Country, Music & Beer Mountain Festival, July 6: The first festival of the season with more than 20 breweries serving samples of their craft beer and musicians on the main stage. The cost is $35.
— Freeride Days, July 11-14: The second year will bring some of the world’s best mountain bikers and their biggest fans to the resort. (See more information below)
— Ciderfest, July 27: A craft market accompanies samples from local breweries and cideries, and live music.
— Huckleberry Festival, Aug. 10: Craft and farmer vendors will open 11 a.m.-4 p.m with family-friendly activities and live entertainment throughout the day, including the Berry Bake-off.
The Big White Invitational Slopestyle contest, hosted by athlete Tom van Steenbergen, is back.
This year, the event has expanded to four days as Freeride Days on July 11-14.
It will see the return of the Freeride Mountain Bike-sanctioned gold and bronze slopestyle contests, as well as four new events, including an all-new women’s slopestyle event.
“With the introduction of the women’s slopestyle series, Big White will be an integral event that offers the first true slopestyle course to our athletes,” said Stephanie Nychka, one of the event organizers.
The event is the biggest of the three stops on the inaugural women’s slopestyle tour, with the other events taking place in Truckee, Calif., and Seattle.
Other events over the four days include the all-new Whip Off and the Air DH.
Bike Big White is throwing down the Sick Edit Showdown. Teams of riders and filmers will film the best edit they can with their cellphones and GoPros over the course of the weekend before turning them over to social media where viewers will vote for the best edit of the event.
Big White will also host the Shimano Kids race, a food truck fair and bike demos.
“It’s very exciting to be working with Big White on this event again. Last year was such a success and I can’t wait to see what we can
accomplish this year,” said van Steenbergen, host and athlete.
Sun Peaks Resort and SilverStar Mountain Resort recently announced a new season pass holder reciprocal program that will see winter alpine season pass holders from each destination receive two free days skiing or snowboarding at the other resort.
Additionally, all summer bike park season passholders from each resort will receive one free day mountain biking at the other’s bike park. Once these free days have been utilized, all pass holders will then continue receiving 25 per cent off lift tickets for the remainder of each season. Limited blackout dates will apply.
The new program will apply to the summer 2019 and winter 2019-20 seasons.
Earlybird bike park pricing is available now at Silver Star.
The resort has more than 120 kilometres of trails with a network for all ability levels.
“We are very proud of the size and diversity of our bike park,” said Chantelle Deacon, Silver Star’s media relations manager. “Over the years, we have made it our mission to help grow the sport for both new and young riders.”