The attractive ski resort of Sun Peaks lies at the foot of three snow-clad mountains; the cleverly designed, purpose-built village, with its ski-through centre, combined with a variety of quality lodging choices and a number of dining and other off the slope options make a Sun Peaks ski holiday perfect for those looking for an all-round ski holiday experience. The atmosphere in Sun Peaks is relaxed with plenty of room on the slopes in day and casual nightlife on offer in the evening and it’s also a great resort for families with much to keep the kids occupied.
The resort’s continued expansion – part of a carefully managed environmentally respectful development, of which Sun Peaks is rightly proud – has peaked particular interest among advance skiers and boarders, and with a terrain of 4,270 acres, it is now the second largest ski area in Canada. The new chairlift installed last season in the East Village improved access to this previously underused part of the resort.
Tod Mountain, the highest of the resort’s three mountains, has always been home to some tough slopes, but the inclusion of the previously backcountry Gils area now offers some steeps and ungroomed powder runs to whet the appetite of those with a thirst for adventure.
Across the valley from Tod lies the Morrisey Peak, traditionally known for its rolling, tree-lined blue cruisers, but also home to some of the steepest terrain in the resort. Recent seasons have seen new trail additions to the steep fall lines of West Morrisey, known as the Laundromat area with amusingly named trails such as ‘Tumble Dry’ and ‘Static Cling’, boosting the number of advanced trails in the resort.
The resort as a whole offers everything from wide-open groomed runs to steep mogul trails. Novices will find much to enjoy on their ski holiday to Sun Peaks and long green trails with plenty of scope to progress. Intermediate skiers have a vast choice across the three mountains, including glorious rolling blue trails like Out of the Woods and some short testing blacks like Sting. The picturesque route through the trees of The Other Way ranks as one of our favourites.
Snowboarders will find lots of interest, including the Terrain Park on Sundance. More advanced skiers and boarders, will head up the Sunburst and Crystal chairs, where some of the tougher black trails await, including the bumps of Headwall and the popular Spillway.
Each of the three mountain areas has something for everyone, making a Sun Peaks ski holiday a great location for mixed ability groups.
Off the slopes
Off the slopes
Much of the lodging is slope-side and is based around the heart of the compact village. There are several restaurants and bars, from the fine dining at The Sun Peaks Grand to a ‘grab and go’ breakfast wrap and coffee from one of the great coffee shops or enjoying a pint in the Irish-style Morrisey’s pub, along with shops and other services. The village has a laid-back relaxed feel which is perfect for unwinding in the evenings after busy days on the slopes.
If you still have energy left after skiing, you can visit the ice rink or tube park, or even go dog sledding or snowmobiling. Try out the popular Alpine Fondue with starlight ski-back to the village and for something a little bit different, there are fat-bikes and ski-bikes as well as the innovative Snow Limo on offer to keep you entertained. There are also over 23 miles of impeccably groomed and track set nordic trails, accessible right from the village.
|Transfer / Driving Times
Kamloops (1 hrs), Vancouver (4 hrs 1/2)
10-acre terrain park
|Avg annual snowfall
12,000 skiers per hour
|Number of runs
137 inc 17 gladed areas
+ 2 bowls
Nov 18 to Apr 15
|Number of lifts
13 inc 5 Quads & 1 triple
4,270 acres – 32% advanced, 58% intermediate & 10% beginners
Frontier’s Personal Experience
“I really enjoyed skiing down through the village to the lifts and the compact village. There are some great places to eat and one of my favorites was the little coffee place near the base. Delicious breakfast wraps! Sun Peaks has a wealth of terrain and we have many guests who stay for several weeks at a time! Due to the size of the village and facilities in Sun Peaks it is well suited to families.”Michael Williamson,