Local rider, Derek Barile rips down one of Big White's 119 runs.
Not surprisingly, we milked the morning for all it was worth. And after skiing, we hung out at the family-friendly Happy Valley Adventure Centre for some ice climbing and tubing. The 60-foot ice tower was a hit (literally) and we took turns kicking and hacking our way to the bell at the top of the tower (crampons, a harness, and ice tools are included in your climbing package, $30). Julie made it look easy. Although no experience is necessary, this is a sweet little challenge that's actually quite a bit harder than it looks. (At least, for me!)
But, after leaving Big White in the mid-afternoon, our adventure was far from over. With dozens of nearby wineries, restaurants and craft breweries, a winter getaway to Kelowna doesn't stop with the snow.
Located on a beautiful bench high above Okanagan Lake, the Summerhill Pyramid Winery is one of the shining stars in Kelowna's vibrant wine and culinary scene. Boasting 100% organic wines, our visit to the Summerhill had many highlights. From the opulent tasting room to the cooking class in the Estate House. Executive Chef Mara Jernigan taught us her “secret” moves to make perfect homemade pasta with a decadent garlic, cream, and hazelnut sauce and we left the Summerhill Pyramid Winery in awe of how progressive and multi-dimensional the “new world” wineries of the Thompson Okanagan can be.