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Big White gets Aussie love

According to readers of the Australian magazine 'Out & About With Kids,' Big White is right up there with Disneyland, Sea World and the Australian Gold Coast.

Big White was named best international family ski resort by readers of the magazine.

According to magazine publisher, Richard Bunting, thousands voted over a six month period from October 2013 to April of 2014.

"It gives parents and gives people sitting on the fence the confidence we know what we're doing," says Big White Senior Vice-President, Michael J. Ballingal.

He says Big White is a family run company that pays attention to guests at the ski hill - they're very hands on.

"When your family comes here, the guy you saw at the consumer show in Sydney is the person walking through the restaurant saying hi to you to make sure everything is okay," says Ballingal.

"We're very hands on and we're fighting with the big players. You saw who we beat Aspen, Vail, Whistler, Switzerland, Austria."

Ballingal says while other resorts are more corporate based, Big White is about having fun.

"It's a business for some of them, they sit in their office and they're owned by conglomerates and big companies who want to know about their share prices.

We want to know about how much fun you had today and when a family is having fun they're spending money. When they're not having fun they're thinking about what they can do to get out of there."

The rest of the top eight provided by the magazine include:

  • Vail, Colorado, USA
  • Aspen, Colorado, USA
  • Banff, Canada
  • Niseko, Japan
  • Switzerland
  • Sun Peaks, Canada
  • Innsbruck, Austria

The magazine hit newsstands earlier this week.

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