Sun Peaks Ski Area
Sun Peaks’ ski area, the second largest in British Columbia and third largest in Canada, stretches over three heavily-wooded mountains, a layout that earns it the nickname of “Little Whistler”.
However, Sun Peaks' ski area is far from little - it is Canada's third largest ski area by acreage with 3,678 acres of skiable terrain. Such is its stature that the Austrian National ski team has chosen it as its early season training ground in the run-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The mountains are diverse: Tod, the original ski area, is the most challenging and the gateway to the area's cat skiing terrain; Mount Morrisey faces north and catches the snow; and Sundance Mountain is sunnier and home to most of the resort's easiest ski runs. Each mountain is fed by a high speed chairlift from the village base and the top of every lift offers green and blue runs allowing skiers of differing levels to board the same lift then ski a piste that suits their ability and meet up at the bottom. The longest run measures 8kms (5 miles) - short by European standards but long for North America.
The resort plans to open up ski pistes on two additional mountains to further extend the ski terrain and lift system. The skiing in Sun Peaks typically opens in mid or late November in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Snow junkies will be dismayed to learn that the ski area closes on the second Monday of April every year even if there's still good snow cover to give them time to dig out the greens of the underlying golf course.
For Nordic skiing enthusiasts the resort boasts over 45km's of groomed and backcountry cross-country trails, some along the valley floor and the rest accessed from the top of Mount Morrisey.
Sun Peaks Ski Lifts & Lift Passes
The days are long gone when they gave you a blanket for the epic lift journey on the Burfield chair. The Sun Peaks lift system is modern and efficient.
Sun Peaks Ski Lifts
The days are long gone when they gave you a blanket for the epic
lift journey on the Burfield chair. The Sun Peaks lift system is
modern and efficient. Now with 11 lifts including 5 quads, Sun
Peaks infrastructure can carry 12,000 people per hour up the three
mountain peaks. That's almost double the overnight bed base
resulting in having the pistes virtually to yourself and most of
the time skiing right onto the lift with no line at all.
The Burfield chairlift still takes 22 minutes to the Top of the
World, as long as an episode of Neighbours, though skiers can now
load at a mid-station to loop the black runs from the top of
Skiers on Sundance can gain access to the skiing on Tod without
returning to the village thanks to the construction of the new quad
chairlift "Elevation" halfway down the 5-Mile run. Built through a
long standing partnership with the Austria National Ski Teamwho
shared costs and train early season in Sun Peaks on the Nancy
Greene's International Race Centre.
The piste map gives helpful pointers such as "Easiest Route
Down" and "Slow Ski Zone". Sun Peaks Ski Lift Passes The Village
Day Lodge on the edge of the resort is the main meeting point for
skiers and snowboarders and the place to buy lift passes, organise
ski lessons and sort out ski and snowboard hire.
Sun Peaks Beginner Skiing
Novice skiers in Sun Peaks can learn to ski in a designated “slow zone” on the edge of the village before progressing to longer greens trails on Morrisey and Sundance.
One green run on each mountain is described as the "Easiest
Route Down": 5 Mile from the Burfield Quad on Tod; Homesteader from
the Sundance Express on Sundance; and The Sticks from the Morrisey
Express on Morrisey. The south-facing, open runs on Sundance
Mountain are ideal for beginners whose ability outstrips the
nursery slopes. Sun Peaks' relatively mild climate makes it an
ideal destination for ski novices concerned about feeling the
Sun Peaks Intermediate Skiing
Intermediate skiers in Sun Peaks can cut their tree-skiing teeth on the pistes artfully cut through the forests on Mount Morrisey.
Reminiscent of a computer ski game in places, trees pop up when
you least need one. Showboat and Mid-Life Crisis are natural
Super-G courses. The four blue-graded glade runs on Tod are even
more fun, though for something longer and wooded head to Lonesome
Fir Glades and The Three Bears Glades on Sundance Mountain. There's
also a series of short and sharp blue runs at the top of Tod
Mountain, great for panoramic views of the mountains beyond if you
can be bothered to sit out the long Burfield chairlift. The new,
short blue runs on Orient Ridge at the far end of Sundance are
little more than connecting pistes for the far end of the villages
and the future East Village.
Sun Peaks Expert Skiing
Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks’ original mountain, offers the most variety for expert skiers with challenging glade (tree) skiing and advanced terrain.
Head to the "Darker Side of Sun Peaks" for the double diamond black runs of Chief, Expo and Challenger running in super steep and speedy lines under the Burfield chairlift.
Since the construction of the Burfield mid-station the double diamond blacks lower down are seldom skied other than on a bad visibility day when the trees offer some shelter. Otherwise they offer millionaire's skiing. Headwalls, also on Tod, is a 55 degree pitch and the location for the FIS World Cup Speed Skiing event, the Velocity Challenge. Or try out your technique at the Nancy Greene's International Race Centre where the Austrian National ski team train in the early season.
Mogul-lovers will enjoy the knee-bashing challenge of Static Cling or avoid being spit out by Spin Cycle on Mount Morrisey. Most skiers will be tired before they tire of the options. Acres of powder fields and untracked terrain lie beyond the ski area boundary.. The vertical drops aren't very steep or very long - little more than 130 metres - but the area offers a good taste of this increasingly popular form of off-piste skiing. The views from the backcountry are truly sensational across forested hills to the mountain ranges further east on a clear day.
Sun Peaks Snowboarding
Sun Peaks’ two terrain parks are both on Sundance Mountain.
Sun Peaks Rockstar Energy Terrain Park
Sun Peaks has a huge variety of jumps, rails, boxes and sweet urban hits to keep you coming back for countless laps over 3 distinct zones across 9 acres. And with dedicated snowmaking, the Rockstar Energy Terrain Park gets rockin' early and remains open longer for those sunny spring sessions.
Sun Peaks Mountain Restaurants
Sunburst Lodge at the top of the Sunburst Express is the only option on the mountain. Many skiers head down to the Village Day Lodge for a midday sit-down stop at the Masa’s Bar & Grill or a take-away bite from Cafe Soleil.
Bento's Day Lodge
Sun Peaks' affordable breakfast alternative and home to the
world famous hand made gooey cinnamon buns. Bento's provides tasty
quick meals for those with a hearty appetite. Bento's is a family
day lodge that welcomes lunches brought from home, and has storage
and lockers for our local guests. An affordable place to warm up,
meet for lunch, or have a snack.
Simply scrumptious and stunningly scenic! Located at the mid
mountain, the Sunburst Lodge offers scenic views of the Headwalls
and down the surrounding valleys. The Sunburst Lodge features a
fresh and tasty breakfast menu, and a quick serve pasta lunch. The
Sunburst also features an assortment of fresh baked goods and to-go
sandwich options. For a Sun Peaks treat try one of our fresh
Located at the base of Mt. Morrisey the Umbrella Café is a great
place to stop for a light lunch or warm beverage. This café
features our famous jumbo double smoked smokies, warm chili, and
soups along with fresh baked items and breakfast snacks. The views
at our Umbrella Café are spectacular thanks to 360 degrees of
windows. The roof is also retractable on sunny days.
Sun Peaks Village
Sun Peaks Village is an attractive resort centre developed in keeping with the natural surroundings.
As you explore the main street of their pedestrian village,
you'll quickly sense how effortlessly, yet with thought and
purpose, the amenities and accommodations come together. It's the
heart of the resort where you'll discover the unexpected, make new
friends, and experience convenience like never before.
Of course you can't play all day.. one must shop! Browse
boutique shops where you'll find clothing, apparel, and locally
crafted jewelry, as well as souvenirs, mementos, and artwork by
local artisans. Pamper yourself at the spa or stock up on groceries
for your accommodation.
Travel light and leave the winter equipment at home. With rental
outlets throughout the village, you'll find ski and snowboard gear
from basic to high performance. Also readily available are cross
country ski rentals, snowshoe rentals, new fashions, and those
forgotten items like helmets and gloves.
Sun Peaks Apres-Ski Bars & Restaurants
Passionate restaurateurs from around the globe have migrated to Sun Peaks over the years to offer you an exceptionally diverse culinary spread. In our cafes, bistros, delis, grills, and bars you will find everything from sushi to schnitzel, bison burgers to grilled salmon, and homemade fudge to fresh baked goods.
RESTAURANTS & LOUNGES
Bella Italia Ristorante | A taste of fine
dining specializing in pasta and seafood dishes.
Bento's Day Lodge | A large space for guests to
bring their own meals or enjoy a cafeteria style menu. Located west
of the Village Day Lodge, winter only.
Bottoms Bar & Grill | A lively après bar to
kick back with friends for a meal after a day on the mountain.
Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill | A full menu and
known for appetizers specials, burgers, salads, and steaks.
The Club| Experience European influences in
lighting, sound, and design at Sun Peaks only night club.
Mantle's Restaurant & Lounge| An inspired
seasonal menu using unique, local ingredients.
Masa's Bar + Grill | The perfect place to meet
after skiing or golfing to share stories and enjoy a fabulous meal
while watching the game on the big screen.
Morrisey's Public House | Fresh food and
dazzling drinks influenced by the Irish.
Oya Restaurant | Japanese cuisine featuring
sushi, rolls and noodle bowls.
Powder Hounds | Canadian and German inspired
cuisine, best known for authentic Schnitzel.
Sunburst Lodge | An ideal stop for a fresh
breakfast or a quick lunch. Located at mid-mountain.
Sun Peaks Steakhouse | Offering house cuts of
100% Canadian beef, and a diverse wine list in a casual atmosphere
through the winter season.
The Voyageur Bistro | Authentic Canadian
cuisine made from natural ingredients including bison, fresh
berries, bannock and local fish.
5Forty Café & Deli | Serving Kicking Horse
coffee, fresh made subs, wraps, and bagel sandwiches.
Bolacco Café | Speciality coffees, sandwiches
Café Soleil | Starbucks coffee, hot breakfast
sandwiches and baked goods.
Mountain High Pizza | Fresh pizza by the slice
or by the pie. Delivery available.
Sun Peaks Bakery | An assortment of fresh
breads, baked goods, desserts, and gelato.
Tod Mountain Coffee House & Crêperie |
Organic fair trade coffee, crêpes, omelettes and panini's.
Umbrella Café | Licensed café with light
lunches and beverages. Located at the base of Morrissey
Vertical Café | Organic Cherry Hill coffee and
specialty drinks, smoothies, panini's, wraps, waffles, and chilli
Sun Peaks Other Activities
Guests of all ages should discover that the swoosh of snow can be augmented with a splash of water at the Sports Centre, the canine power behind a dog sled tour, snowmobile tours, or even an end-of-day mid-mountain fondue. At Sun Peaks Resort you'll find BC winter activities for everyone!
Cat Trax Groomer Rides | Join a groomer in a
Pisten Bully snow groomer and see firsthand how they work their
magic on the ski runs!
Dogsled Tours | A traditional Canadian
experience! Guided and self-driven dogsled tours start with an
interactive kennel tour and instruction on how to handle, harness
and drive the sled. You will then take control as your
professionally trained team happily takes you through the
wilderness of Sun Peaks. Guests can ride along or learn to mush by
First Tracks Breakfast | Kick off your morning
on the mountain with exclusive access to exceptional alpine terrain
accessed by the Crystal Chairlift, followed by a hearty breakfast
at the Sunburst Mid-Mountain Restaurant.
Full Moon Nordic Ski & Chocolate Fondue|
Ski to the McGillivray Lake Outpost cabin under a full moon and
starry sky where you'll enjoy the warmth of the McGillivray
cabin and a classic Chocolate Fondue, good company and star gazing,
followed by a gentle glide back to the village.
Snowmobile Tours | For those seeking thrill and
adventure, Sun Peaks has exciting snowmobile tours that travel to
the backcountry where you'll ride on trails, over frozen lakes and
through clear meadows. Add on an evening 'Wiener Roast' to your
tour which includes a campfire cookout at the McGillivray Lake
cabin. Guests can ride solo or double up.
Snowshoe Tour | Explore Sun Peaks with on a
professionally guided tour ranging from the spectacular sub-alpine
on Tod Mountain to the magic of a winter's night complete with a
campfire cookout and moonlight s'mores.
Snow-Limo | This unique activity provides an
opportunity for the non-skier to experience the entire mountain in
style. Glide down some of our downhill ski runs safely, comfortably
with a trained and experienced chauffeur-guide.
Welcome Reception with Nancy Greene l Each
Sunday enjoy some complimentary hot apple cider while learning
about Sun Peaks Resort from Olympian, Canadian Senator and our
Director of Skiing, Nancy Greene Raine.
Fondue Dinner & Evening Descent | Board the
Sunburst Chairlift at 5:00pm for a twilight ride up to the Sunburst
Mid-Mountain Restaurant where you'll be treated to a delightful
fondue dinner accompanied by live music. Afterwards your guides
will lead you safely back down to the village on a perfectly
groomed run by starlight and headlamp.
Sun Guide Tours l Consistently ranked one of
the best resort experiences by our guests! Take advantage of our
complimentary, friendly Sun Guide mountain tours available for all
ability levels and terrain preferences, twice a day.
Ice Skating Rink | A full size outdoor rink is
only a short walk from the village where you can skate with friends
or rent the ice for a game of hockey. Skate and stick rentals are
available at the rink.
Family Fun Night l At the skating rink, this
night's all about the kids. Watch out for mascot Harry Bear and
enjoy the roaring campfire and hot chocolate.
Kamloops Blazers Ice Hockey | Enjoy one of
Canada's favorite games with an evening at a Kamloops Blazers
hockey game complete with transportation to and from the
Kamloops Winter Shopping Shuttle | Take a break
from the mountain and let us take you to Kamloops for the day to
shop. Drop-off locations include downtown and Sahali Centre
Mascon Teen Hangout | After a day of shredding
the mountain, leave your parents behind and head to the Mascon
Hangout. Play video games on the X-Box or Wii, watch the latest ski
and snowboard movies, or just hang out with friends.
Snowshoe Rentals | Explore the extensive 15.5km
of track set snowshoe trail system on your own with a complimentary
trail map and interpretive guide booklet with each snowshoe
Tube Time | With its unique curving lanes, Tube
Time is a ride unlike any other lift accessed "magic carpet" tube
park and perfect activity to compliment your winter wonderland
Family Swim l At the Sports Centre, boasting an
outdoor heated pool, hot tub and kids pool, bring the whole family
for an exciting evening.
Friday Race Series | The Friday Race Series is
a recreational racing event for all levels of skiers and
snowboarders. Racers are split up into local and visitor
categories, and then into age divisions. Prizes will be awarded to
both categories, and locals will compete throughout the series for
a grand prize.
SUN PEAKS FAMILY CUP - ALL NATION
Bring in the new year with two weeks of fun. The Family Cup is a
multinational winter celebration where families are garaunteed to
develop lasting friendships. The fun, recreational races and
activities include downhill and Nordic race, tubing and skating
parties and more.
16TH ANNUAL SUN PEAKS WINTER FESTIVAL OF
Awarded the #1 Winter Day Trip in BC this festival has become a
milestone event in the province. Whether you favour a formal
Winemasters' Dinner or the popular Progressive Tasting, there's
nothing more fantastic than pairing BC wines with epic powder
NANCY GREENE'S INTERNATIONAL RACE CENTRE
As the official North American training site of the Austria
National Ski Team, the Nancy Greene's International Race Centre can
support up to four lanes of GS training. Snowmaking lines run from
the top of the course to the bottom and timing lines are available
if required. Coach meetings are held daily at Masa's Bar + Grill to
address special requirements or considerations.
Backed by Rockstar Energy, the Sun Peaks Terrain Park located on
Sundance Mountain spans over 9 acres and features 3 distinct
ability zones including rails, jumps, boxes and more. Clinics are
available for those looking to improve their skills or learn how to
ride the features.
For more information contact the Adventure Centre at
250.578.5542 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org