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“#201- Best little ski condo ever!”
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Grizzly Lodge
Nanaimo, Canada
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“#201- Best little ski condo ever!”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

My family and I loved our trip to Big White. We stayed at the grizzly lodge #201. It was such a treat to ski in /ski out, and the family loved the hot tub. The condo had lots of room for our family, and nice to have two bathrooms. It was close to the village, so it was so great to walk around and convenient to the market and restaurants. We loved the condo at Big White, and had a great family Christmas to remember.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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BWCR, Manager at Grizzly Lodge, responded to this review, 13 November 2013
Dear Bex D,

Thank you for taking the time to provide such great feedback regarding your recent stay with us at Big White Ski Resort. We are pleased to hear that your stay was so enjoyable and that you hope to return soon.
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

*This review applies to condo #203 unless otherwise stated*

Service
Central reservation in Big White handles everything very professionally! No need to worry about anything and they are helpful in every situation. Thanks guys, keep up the good work!

Value
It was low season and the price we paid seemed fair. Not really cheap, but good. Well, compared to similar offerings in Europ one could even say cheap.

Sleep Quality
Though rating. The bed was smaller than we're used to and the same goes for the room itself. For unknown reasons, we didn't manage to sleep well in the bedroom. This might just be personal preferences though - as stated there wasn't anything really wrong with the room, it just wasn't for us.

Cleanliness
This time around a bit of a let down to be honest. Nothing really wrong, but that little extra attention by the cleaning crew seemed like it was missing. It was all clean and cleaned on regular basis, but not more. At times we even wondered if someone had really cleaned on the advertised basis (about every 2nd-3rd day - we stayed 11).

Location
We loved the location. Amazing view in the morning and central reservation is just across the street. Ski-in, ski-out can be argued about I guess.There was a tunnel one had to go through to access the groomers, but it was just a step outside of the garage and once through you were directly on your way down to the lifts. Highly recommended for the location!

Rooms
One combined dinner, kitchen and living room + 1 bedroom and 2 washrooms (1 bath+shower, 1 shower). All very clean and rustic decoration which somehow seemed very fitting though. We liked the setup. The kitchen was sufficient but nothing special. The fridge seemed oversized based on the rest of the equipment, but hey - stuff it full with apres-ski beers.

Swimming Pool
There was both a common hottub and a prive one on the balcony. Both seemed to have seen there best days, but were functional and a welcome addition to the trip. After a full day on the slopes, there's nothing better than a beer in the hottub.

Common area
Fireplace, big screen TV, vending machines, fridge and a pool table. Seemed like a popular gathering place for families and kids. We didn't use it.

Skilockers/Parking
There was a small locker in the spacious garage where you could store your skiing equipment over night.

There was also a small laundromat in the building.

Summary: Compared to "Trapper's Crossing" where we have also stayed, it would be a tough choice. Skilockers and general equipment were better in "Trapper's Crossing" - but the view in Grizzly Lodge made up for a lot of that. Internet was definitely better in "Trapper's Crossing" where we had our own router for the room (not shared with botht the common room and rest of the floor). I can recommend both places based on your preferences.

Room Tip: *This review applies to condo #203 unless otherwise stated*
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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BWCR, Manager at Grizzly Lodge, responded to this review, 21 January 2015
Dear JorgenB,

Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough comments on your stay at Grizzly Lodge. Please be assured that we are taking your concerns seriously and are taking steps to rectify these issues. There is private internet service in all of the rental units in this building now. If you would like to discuss this further at a time that is convenient to you, I have provided my direct line and email address for you in a message to your profile inbox.
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Gold Coast
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

We stayed in room 205 which is a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo with full kitchen amenities. The main bedroom had a queen bedroom and huge ensuite, the second bedroom had bunk beds and still a big bathroom as well. The sofa was a pull out bed as well. The condo was spacious, clean and well serviced.

It was great having the kitchen as we could have breakfast, come home for lunch if we wanted and also cook dinner if we chose not to go out at night. The condo has great view overs Lara's gondola. I would not call it ski in ski out, more like ski to and from. You could ski down a hill through a little tunnel to the basement to put your skis in the locker, but you could not ski back up the hill again. A bit annoying when you have to carry the kids skis, but not a deal breaker by any means.

Loved having the gas fire in the condo. The only things I would change would be to upgrade the old TV's to flatscreens and provide laundry powder (there was a bottle but it was empty).

We did not use the communal loungeroom, but it was well equipped with a fire, pool table, TV, book exchange, etc.

Overall, a reasonably priced, well positioned and importantly, QUIET location for your next ski holiday.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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BWCR, Manager at Grizzly Lodge, responded to this review, 21 January 2015
Hi,

Thank you for providing such thoughtful and thorough feedback regarding your stay at Grizzly Lodge 205. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. The owner has made several upgrades to this property since your visit including high definition televisions, private wireless internet and telephone with free long distance. Grizzly Lodge is a ski to/from property not a ski in/out location but it is a short walk across the street to access the ski slopes and/or the Village Centre Mall.
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

We have stayed for the past two weeks at Grizzly Lodge, appt 203. Very nice one bedroom with private hot tub. Has a nice open plan feel and just the right size for me and my partner. It has two bathrooms which is handy, espeically when you want to both have a shower when getting out of the hot tub. The kitchen is nice, little small, but appropriate for the size of the place. The bed is super comfy and we were delighted to find feather pillows on the bed. The couch is very comfy too, and can be a pull out sofa if need be. The ski storage in the parkade is very good too, with good access in and out, with only a small amount of walking needed to get to a ski run. We think they are lacking only in the storage, as the wardrobe is a half size one so you can only hang anything the height of a t-shirt, and there is nowhere for you to hang your ski gear, except on some hooks in the entrance way, or over the back of the dinning room chairs. There is also nowhere to store your luggage, except beside the couch. The laundry is a communal one, downstairs, costing $2 a cycle and you need your own powder. There is also nowhere to dry your clothes, unless you again bring them back to your unit and use the dining room chairs or if you can put them in the dryer. (no good for woollens!). We LOVE the hot tub and enjoy watching the mountains dim in the sunset after a hard day on the slopes. This is a well located condo, and we would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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BWCR, General Manager at Grizzly Lodge, responded to this review, 8 February 2013
Hello Bex D,

That you for taking the time to review your recent stay here at the Grizzly Lodge. It's great to here that you enjoyed your stay so much that you would happily return.

Thanks again!
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Ontario
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

I spent a week recently in unit #307 at Grizzly Lodge at Big White and thoroughly enjoyed it. A couple things were terrific, a couple things need some work, and there were very few annoyances.

First off, for two of us, we each had our own bedroom with comfortable beds, clean sheets, plenty of pillows and separate bathrooms. Excellent amount of space for two. Four people could start to get a little cramped, but it would still be fine. The kitchen, although small, is very usable. However unlike someplaces, there is nothing here except salt. Not like some spots where some of the basics are left from previous stays - cooking oils, pepper, etc... If you're cooking, prepare to purchase absolutely everything. This is not a complaint though, just an observation.

TV was new - LCD. There is a blu-ray player and an older stereo. If you are a tech savy person and want to hook up an ipod/ipad, bring a infared cable and a mic jack cable (similar to what you'd hook up an ipod to an AUX outlet) - you can then hook your ipod to the TV and run the digital sound through the stereo.

We only had a couple issues - which we left with centrel reservations so hopefully they are fixed up for the next guests. 1. The glassware is brutal. Most of the glasses are chipped around the edge. I cut my lip on the first drink. 2. There is a washer/dryer in the unit, however the dryer does not produce any heat.

The only other annoyance is that the walls are pretty thin. We had some young guys next door that were up until 3 am...and we heard everything.

The hot tub and sauna were 99% vacant the entire week. The sauna is terrific. Just remember to flip it on as soon as you get back from the hills, and it'll be cooking when you go to use it.

Otherwise, the location is great. Ski-in/Ski-out is a bit misleading. It's walk-out, ski-close. But still - handy. Location in terms of restaurants, central reservations, and shops can't get much better.

All of the staff we dealt with were terrific. The guys at Central Reservations were great, the two young ladies that did the house-keeping were excellent - friendly, and courteous, and the shuttle driver that picked up us and our baggage was great.

All in all we will definitely be returning. As you can read, the minor annoyances were few, but the comfort was large.

Room Tip: Some have private Hot Tubs. #307 doesn't. #307 does face east, providing great sunrises, howev...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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BWCR, Manager at Grizzly Lodge, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Dear BP_thegolfpro,

Thank you for sharing your review with the travel community, we really appreciate your feedback. We took care of the dryer heater element immediately after you brought it to our attention, so thank you for telling us. The owner of this property has made some more improvements to the unit since your visit.

We hope you will come and stay with us again soon!
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Barnoldswick
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Reviewed 15 April 2009

Had a week's ski-ing at Big White for the last week of the season Mar 30th to Apr 6th. 2 adults and 2 children 12 and 9 yrs travelled by car from Calgary with overnight stop. Check-in at Central reservations fine, all ski passes and tickets for kids ski school all there, with lots of information about the resort. We stayed in 105 Grizzly Lodge which was really nice accomodation. This complex has it's own "great room" with TV, sofas and pool table with an outside communal hot tub which was empty most of the time. The resort was great, loads of varied runs but all well connected by an excellent lift system, everything was open when we were there including the cliff. Ski School for kids was excellent, they just did mornings which they both enjoyed, only 3-6 in a class and then we spent the afternoon doing our own thing. Village Centre well laid out, nothing is too far away, lots of laid on activities on an evening, including free Carnival night with games for kids and prizes with free pop corn and candy floss. All ends with a mascot race out on the street. Restaurants were good, prices reasonable but not cheap, but I suppose it's all got to get there !! We did shop in Kelowna for food as we came through which meant we had enough stuff for the week as we mostly did our own breakfast and lunch as we were so close to the slopes. The general store was well stocked and had the day to day things that you needed. The snow conditions were also excellent. We had a base of 250cm all the time and there was plenty of powder during the week. Good point for kids is that there is a green run from the top of every lift so they could go right up to 2,300 m and see the snow ghosts (trees that get covered in snow) The runs were also very quiet at this time, sometimes I started to wonder if a run had been shut !!!! Other activities to do like snow coaster tubing runs (inner tubes that you sit in) snow shoeing (but need a minimum of 4) snow-mobiling, sleighrides or just go for walks as the whole place is scenic. Most of the staff are Aussie or English with some Canadian thrown in, but we found everyone to be very pleasant. Would definately go there again. Their web-site is also very informative and you can send for brochure and a DVD which is great if a bit cheesy but let's you get a feel for the resort and is what helped sell it to us.

  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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BWCR, Manager at Grizzly Lodge, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Dear Scar1012,

Thank you for sharing your review with the travel community, we really appreciate your feedback. I just found this review so I apologize for the late reply :-)

I am glad you had a nice stay in Grizzly Lodge #105. This unit has added some new amenities since your visit. High definition televisions in the living room and master bedroom and private, secure wireless internet access are now included in this unit.

I hope you will stay with us again soon!
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Reviewed 10 April 2009

We stayed at Grizzly Lodge over 2009 New's Years and would be happy to stay there again. On previous trips to Big White we've stayed at Ptarmigan (relatively speaking, it's "budget accomodation" but decent value for the price) and Towering Pines, We found Grizzly Lodge to be the most conveniently located of the 3, with just a few minutes walk to the Kids Centre for ski lessons and all the other village amenities, and my husband and I could easily go back to the unit for lunch. The Lodge is decorated in a rustic ski chalet style with exposed pillars and our unit had a beautiful view of the Monashee mountains and the fireworks displays. GL doesn't have granite counters like Towering Pines, but maybe a nicer vibe for a ski holiday and a nice gas fireplace. Due to excessive hot tub noise at Towering Pines, this year we chose a unit without a hot tub and were happier for it. There's a shared hot tub for the entire building which was just about always empty. The one time my husband and kids used it there was one other couple there. As for the resort itself, it's great for families. My only warning is their claim to ski-in ski-out accommodations in most of the village accomodations isn't true. All three years we supposedly had ski-in/ski-out access but in actuality none did, with the possible exception of Ptarmigan under ideal snow conditions where there's enough snow on the parking lot to skate across the 50 meters or so to get to the hill. That's ski out. Ski-in there too is pretty much impossible under any scenario other than climbing uphill. I'm giving GL a 3 for service because there isn't much service to speak of except through the main desk of Central Reservations in the village. Housekeeping came daily though and did a good job.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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BWCR, Manager at Grizzly Lodge, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Dear Cindy,

Thank you for sharing your review with the travel community.

Most of the condos in Grizzly Lodge do have granite counter tops, but not all of them. We market the Grizzly Lodge, Towering Pines and Ptarmigan Inn as "ski to/ski from" locations. For these buildings we describe the slope access as "Ski-to/Ski-from Ski Access (Only a few steps across a road or pathway to start skiing.)" We do have many properties with "Ski-in/Ski-out Access"; this is a standard feature on our website under the Plan Your Trip section. Also, we train all of our reservation agents to know the exact slope access details for each property.

It sounds like you really enjoyed the outdoor hot tub feature at Grizzly Lodge and I'm happy to hear that. Most of the units in this building have upgraded their televisions to high definition flat panel models now and a few of them even have their own private secure wireless internet connections. The building still offers a public wireless internet service too.

I hope you will stay with us again sometime!
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Property: Grizzly Lodge
Address: 5315 Big White Rd | Big White Ski Resort, Kelowna, British Columbia V1P 1P4, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Kelowna
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Ranked #12 of 32 Speciality Lodging in Kelowna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A feeling of rustic luxury permeates these beautiful condos overlooking the valley directly opposite the central village. The sensation of raw majesty is evident in the Great Room, the common recreation area dominated by a massive stone fireplace and breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows. With natural wood finishes throughout, all the units have that pampered and tucked-away feeling of an exclusive mountain lodge. ... more   less 
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