May 15 was a big day on the mountain! The old skier tunnel was pulled out of its resting spot for the last 30+ years and will now be disassembled and taken away to make room for the new 60ft. tunnel!
The 30-foot tunnel was originally installed in 1985 but the resort has outgrown its capacity and needed to make it bigger. Kelownanow.com spoke with Big White’s Sr. Vice President, Michael J. Ballingall:
“When it was originally built there was no accommodation below the road and now there are 1,000 beds below the road. Most people at all times of day and night use it as a pedestrian tunnel as well all the skiers and snowboarders.”
The old tunnel is being replaced by one twice as large at price close to $1M. This is just one part of $10-million in planned upgrades including $3.9 construction project for the new Powder Chair.