Okanagan

Ten-day party at SilverStar Mountain Resort near Vernon, British Columbia, March 22-31, features adrenaline sport contests, music and wine tasting.

While riding up the legendary Cliff Chair at Big White, it hit me. It doesn't really matter what the weather is doing, what the snow conditions are like, just being in the mountains, skiing, recreating, hanging out with your family or friends, well, that's the most important thing. But, ask any skier, those balmy bluebird days – especially when the snow is amazing – are the cat's meow.

Vernon, B.C. – After making a dozen fast turns or so on the blue groomer off SilverStar's cloud-smothered summit, I dart into the trees and stop on a knoll to catch my breath. Beside me a dozen “snow ghosts” (trees completely encased in snow) framed a pristine run, gleaming with virgin powder at SilverStar Mountain Resort.

SilverStar Mountain Resort's "Experience the Okanagan" contest is serving up a three-part, three-season grand prize worth over $7,500. And I've enjoyed it all and can vouch for its fabulousness.

Temperatures have dropped, snow has topped the mountains and just like that, ski season is upon us. Check out the photos from opening weekend at Big White Ski Resort.

It's otherworldly here at the top of the Eagle Chairlift. The sun is seeping through the broken cloud above, yet there's also a layer of cumulus below shrouding the Okanagan Valley.

Giant, fluffy flakes twirl down from a darkening sky as we glide toward Wild Horseman’s Cabin for a warming cup of hot chocolate, much to my kids’ delight.

Last season I played disc golf on snowshoes and spent hours carving terrain flanked by snow ghosts, with panoramic views of Okanagan wine country below. That was the year for the epic reopening of Baldy Mountain Resort, and this year myself and many others can't wait to see what the second season holds.

Imagine this. Champagne powder snow that piles up more than 20 feet deep. Never-too-cold average daytime temperatures of 23F. Endless acres of skiable terrain.

While the kids play pond hockey in the mid-mountain village, powder hounds seek freshies among the snow ghosts in the glades. In the backcountry, cross-country skiers wind along endless trails from the ski-in, ski-out at area resorts.