A ski-through resort village, uncrowded pistes and sustained resort development are all part of the master plan for Sun Peaks ski resort in interior British Columbia. A pleasing mix of European-style architecture, pedestrian-only streets and Canada's third largest ski area.
Borrowing heavily and unashamedly from Whistler, Sun Peaks’s Japanese owners are committed to managed growth in harmony with the natural surroundings. The result, so far, is good enough to suggest that the Sun Peaks approach should be the prototype for all future ski resort development.
Sun Peaks resort village is an eye-pleasing mix of European-style buildings and pedestrian-only streets. The skiable terrain, Canada’s third largest ski area, stretches over three mountains covered in dense forests and home to some challenging glade skiing.
Sun Peaks is a young ski resort. The first stone was laid in 1993, at the base of Tod Mountain. Since then nearly half a billion Canadian dollars has been invested in creating a world class resort. Its location in interior British Columbia means the resort doesn’t suffer from the extreme cold temperatures of the Rockies.
The odd day at 30 degrees below is the exception rather than the rule. And while Sun Peaks’ overall annual snowfall is lower than that received at Whistler it has a less damp climate than west coast Whistler and over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year. The lighter, drier snow that falls on Sun Peaks’ grassy mountains makes for great champagne powder.