Okanagan Explorer

Canada Holidays

Expert Opinion Our Expert
Rupert Hatfield

"I love this Safari! It combines 3 great ski resorts with the option of visiting more if you have the time. This area is renowned for the quantity and quality of the snow and so thoroughly recommended!"

Safari Details

Resorts & Cities

Driving Times

Big White Kelowna Airport - Big White 1 hr
Silver Star Big White - Silver Star 2 1/2 hrs
Sun Peaks Big White - Sun Peaks 4 1/2 hrs
Kamloops Airport - Sun Peaks 1 hr
Sun Peaks - Silver Star 3 1/2 hrs

The Okanagan Explorer has it all - snow ghosts, 7 mile runs, Champagne Powder, family friendly resorts, empty slopes and awesome mountainside accommodation.

The 3 main resorts are Sun Peaks, Big White, and Silver Star. All are within easy reach of each other and there are daily flights with Air Canada from the UK via either Calgary or Vancouver to the area's 2 airports - Kamloops and Kelowna. This is also a Ski Safari you can do based on transfers.

Sample 14 night itinerary

7 nights Big White

Once your flight arrives in Kelowna you will meet your transfer and head out on the 10 minute transfer to Big White. The resort here has been a Ski Safari favourite for a number of years, possibly because it’s one of the friendliest family resorts in Canada and has amazingly consistent snow. The latter helps produce ‘snow ghosts’ where there is so much snow plastered on the trees they are no longer visible!

The ski-in ski-out accommodation is fantastic and centered around Big White's Village and the Kids Centre on the main 'street', which you can ski along. Here you will find a good selection of restaurants and bars - plenty for a week’s stay.

7 nights Sun Peaks

It’s a 4 to 5 hour transfer from Big White to Sun Peaks. Sun Peaks, the second largest ski resort in British Columbia and the third largest in Canada, has a wonderful Tyrolean-style pedestrian village, modern ski-in ski-out accommodation and many high speed lifts accessing over 3600 acres of awesome terrain.

The accommodation is located at the bottom of the mountain. Sun Peak's village has several excellent restaurants, a few lively bars and a night club. There is a Sports Centre which has a pool, hot tub and skating rink. The resort also offers cat-skiing, snowmobile tours, dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowshoe tours, horse drawn sleigh rides, Nordic skiing, snowbikes (for the non-skiers!) and mini z’s (miniature snowmobiles for little kids).

It will only take one hour to get from Sun Peaks to Kamloops airport so you could sneak in a final morning on the slopes.

Transfers between Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks run in both directions on Thursdays, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Big White to Silver Star transfers run in both directions on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.

There is no set or standard trip and we will tailor make the trip depending on your requirements and the type of skiers you are.

Suggested Itineraries

14 nights: 7 nights Big White / 7 nights Silver Star

14 nights: 7 nights Sun Peaks / 7 nights Silver Star

14 nights: 5 nights Big White / 4 nights Silver Star / 5 nights Sun Peaks

Accommodation choices:

There are many options available ranging from budget to high end, hotel or self catering, depending on the resort. Once we have established your budget for the trip we will choose properties to fit the budget. All of the resorts in The Okanagan Safari have ski-in ski-out accommodation.

Whistler, the Rockies and the interior add-ons:

With careful planning it is possible to add a stay in Whistler, the Rockies and the Interior (Red Mountain and Whitewater). Obviously you will need much longer to do this and I would recommend 3 weeks minimum. Some destinations such as Whistler can be reached by transfer, and others such as Red Mountain and Whitewater you would need to hire a car.

Price Guide

A sample price for a 14 night ski safari including accommodation, direct flights and hire of an SUV is £1,649 for 2 adults, £1,499 for 4 adults.

Click here to request a quotation tailored to your particular requirements, or please call us on 01273 224 060.