The Easter Long weekend saw an array of fantastic activities and events at Sun Peaks and so it's fair to say that despite being the 2nd last weekend of the season, things haven't started to sloe down around here just yet!
The weather was warm and the sun was shining for the brave ladies who donned their bikinis for Breast Cancer on Saturday. Around 20 people took part in the fundraising event, cruising down 5 mile and raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in the process. A huge crowd greeted the girls at the village base and many dug deep, helping them reach an astonishing $11,000 for charity. This fantastic event heads to Lake Louise next month, so let’s hope they have as great of a result as we did!
On Sunday, the Easter Bunny found his way to the slopes of Sun Peaks and both kids and chocoholics were in for a treat with delicious eggs plastered across OSV. I caught up with my nephews after the Easter Egg Bonanza and I couldn’t believe the number of eggs they had found -lucky for me, they were willing to share their takings!
The first ever Southside Rail Jam also took place on Sunday, wrapping up what was an awesome season of terrain park events at Sun Peaks. We saw a great number of participants take part in an effort to showcase their park skills and get their hands on some awesome prizes and giveaways.
As we enter the final few days of the season, I hope you all have a chance to get out there and enjoy some fabulous spring skiing while you still can – as before we know it, summer will be upon us!
Over the past week we've hosted future para-alpine skiers from across Canada and the world for the 39th Annual Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) Festival. The week long event comprised of two major events - the ski improvement and race development program and the Canadian National Para-Alpine Championships.
Over 100 upcoming para-alpine skiers of all ages and abilities hit the Sun Peaks slopes for a week of ski improvement and racing development sessions. Some of the best para-athletes in Canada were on hand to coach the athletes, including Josh Dueck, an Alpine Canada team member who was the first ever person to complete a back-flip in a sit ski! The festival also included a number of fun activities and events such as dual penguin races, a guestimation slalom race and a fundraiser movie night for Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks.
As well as welcoming the future generation of para athletes, we also hosted the world’s best para-alpine racers who were competing for top honors ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Russia. For those of you fortunate enough to witness these athletes in action as they raced down OSV you couldn’t help but be completely inspired by not only their amazing abilities but their dedication to overcome obstacles and to succeed at the sport.
I think athletes, instructors, volunteers and guests would all agree that it was a hugely successful festival that really showcased the value and importance of adaptive snow sports. To top it all off we were blessed with endless sunny days and fabulous spring skiing conditions all week long! For more information about Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks click here.
When the lifts close and the slopes are cleared, the runs that hosted so many of us earlier that day undergo a pretty big transformation - thanks to the groomers who work their magic right through the night. While we’re tucked up in bed dreaming of the next day’s riding the groomers are taking anything from moguls to chopped powder and turning it into perfectly smooth runs covered with fresh corduroy.
I headed out with a groomer in a snow cat last week to see what this imperative job entails. As darkness set in I met with Sarah a groomer here at Sun Peaks and we climbed into the huge machine. I couldn’t believe how comfortable and luxurious it was inside – although when I found out they carry a hefty price tag of around $350,000 I guess it’s no real surprise!
We made our way up the Sundance ski run and then came back down Sun Downer. This would be the loop that Sarah would follow until both runs were entirely groomed. Sarah explained how she has to be quite meticulous, ensuring that the corduroy lined up and that the tracks were straight. She said that depending on which runs she was assigned to she would usually groom 4 or 5 in an 8 hour shift. Interestingly, it may take nearly half of a groomers shift to tend to a run like Static Cling or Headwalls as they require use of a cable winch system which is attached to trees at the top of the run. I can’t even imagine how scary grooming those runs must be!
It was pretty amazing to be out on the slopes at night and to be a part of something so essential to our daily ski experience. One thing’s for sure - I definitely have a new appreciation for skiing down a freshly groomed run! For more information on Cat Trax Groomer Rides click here.
The past weekend at Sun Peaks was all about throwing down tricks in a jam format - from the Rockstar Energy Terrain Park to the village streets!
On Saturday we hosted our first ever true urban rail jam which took place outside 5forty. Park enthusiasts ditched the terrain park for the afternoon and headed to the village to try their skills on urban features such as a picnic table, stair railing and a car! $5000 worth of prizes and giveaways from 5forty as well as a $1000 cash prize were up for grabs for the 70 participants who were throwing down at this unique event. The huge crowd had a blast watching and cheering the competitors on whilst listening to a live DJ who was spinning tunes to get the party atmosphere going.
Sunday saw a return to a more traditional park event for the inaugural Duff Invitational Slopestyle. Pro snowboarder Chris Dufficy was in attendance, showcasing his talent to fellow riders and to the spectators who gathered in the terrain park to catch all the action. Participants competed in a 2 hour jam session before the top scorers moved on to the finals round.
After a solid day of quality tricks, awards and prizes were handed out at Bottoms Bar + Grill for a range of different categories. The Duff Invitational was the final event in the No Bail Peace Prize series and points awarded at this event have been added to competitors scores from the Resurgence Rail Jam and The Garden to determine the overall series winner.
There's just one last rail event for the season, the Southside Rail Jam which is taking place on Sunday March 31st in the Black Terrain Park. Don't miss what will undoubtedly be another fantastic competition and an awesome conclusion to this season's terrain park events.
5FORTY URBAN RAIL JAM - SATURDAY MARCH 16TH
DUFF INVITATIONAL SLOPESTYLE - SUNDAY MARCH 17TH
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Terrain Park Events
March Music Madness is well underway and venues around the resort have been showcasing some amazing musical talent over the past couple of weeks.
Last Saturday The Facts took to the outdoor stage by the base of Sundance chair and got the weekend party vibe going with their electronic rhythms. They amped riders in the lift line and those soaking up the sunshine on the decks of Bottoms and Masa’s were stoked to have their après entertainment sorted. It was the perfect end to what was a glorious day on the slopes and the atmosphere was electric with big smiles plastered across everyone’s faces.
Various venues including Powder Hounds, Cahility Creek and The Club will be host to a range of musicians over the remainder of the month and there’s undoubtedly an event to suit every musical taste. Make sure you check out our Events Calander for all the listings and enjoy your time off the slopes during March Music Madness!
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Sun Guide tours are consistently rated by guests as one of the best resort experiences at Sun Peaks and after heading out on one last week I can certainly see why!
Upon arriving at the meeting point I was immediately greeted by a number of friendly Sun Guides. They advised me of the different types of tours available from which I opted for the circle tour which does a loop around all three mountains and covers a mixture of blue and black runs. It was a stunning bluebird day and everyone was eager to hit the slopes with the people that know the resort best!
It was great to meet and chat with people from all over the world, particularly about their time at Sun Peaks. Many people in my group had already attended a mountain tour before but had enjoyed it so much they had returned a 2nd or 3rd time to cover different terrain. Gemma, a lady from Australia told me that she has skied at 31 resorts around the world and that after spending the past week at Sun Peaks she can firmly say that it’s her new favourite resort and that Vail has now lost the top spot!
My Sun Guides Chuck and Len were friendly, funny and incredibly knowledgeable about Sun Peaks. They have both been Sun Guides for 8 years and it’s evident that it’s a true labour of love. “We absolutely love this mountain” said Chuck “we love meeting people from all over the world and showing them around the resort”.
Guided mountain tours are complimentary, run twice daily and cater to all ability levels. They’re definitely a worthwhile activity for first time visitors to Sun Peaks but also for regular guests who would like to go skiing with some new company. Whether you want to get your bearings, learn more about the mountain or discover some little Sun Peaks secrets you're sure to have a fantastic time. For more information on Sun Guide Tours click here
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It sure was an exciting start to spring at Sun Peaks with the FIS Speed Skiing World Cup taking place over the past weekend. Speed skiers from all over the world converged on the notorious Headwalls in an attempt for glory at the only speed skiing event this side of the Atlantic.
The groomers were working hard last week to prepare the double black run and ensure that it was in top condition for this unique sport. Despite being a shorter track then those in Europe, it definitely didn’t disappoint with Austrian team captain Valentin Münzer describing the track with its couple of rollers as “challenging and technical.” With plenty of fresh snow the track was smooth and fast for the racers. Strong winds on the Saturday forced competitors to start from the three quarter mark however this didn’t interfere with the outcome of the event, which was hailed as huge success by both speed skiers and organisers alike.
For those of us that stopped to check out the action it was a case of blink and you miss them! I couldn’t believe that you could actually hear when the racers were approaching - the sound resembling jets on a runway. I looked on nervously but in awe, quietly thinking how crazy these speed demons were….. yet in reality it’s safer than driving a car!
The women’s final was won by Swedish world record holder Sanna Tidstrand, who clocked a speed of 137.81 km/h while the men’s title went to Simone Origone from Italy who recorded a time of 140.18 km/h.For the full list of results click here
With so many activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy, there is never a dull moment in life at Sun Peaks. Last week, after an awesome day on the slopes I grabbed some friends and we headed to the tube park for some late afternoon fun.
After being greeted at the tube park by a few friendly lifties and a huge bonfire we each grabbed a tire and sped off down the trail, screaming and laughing the whole way down. After a couple of attempts we decided to link each of our tires and head down in a train formation. Always seeking a thrill and now with some confidence we then decided to venture down backwards!
Tube Time is open daily from 12pm – 7pm and provides both kids and kids at heart with loads of entertainment. 2 hours of unlimited tubing costs $15 for adults, $12 for kids aged 6 -12 and is free for children under 5. Visit the Adventure Centre or Guest Services to purchase your ticket today!
Last weekend, Sun Peaks Resort held the 17th Annual TELUS Nancy Greene Corporate Challenge. It was a fun filled weekend which saw teams from both Sun Peaks and Kamloops compete in a friendly race down Sun Catcher, all in the spirit of giving!
The action began on Friday for the keen racers who ditched the fresh powder to hit the gates for some practice runs. Come Saturday everyone was eager to clock a PB and put their team in good standing for not only a trophy but of course bragging rights!
After a jam packed day of racing, participants celebrated their achievements at the after party in the Delta Hotel where the well-deserved drinks were flowing. Nancy Greene Raine and Steve Podborski did a fantastic job of MC’ing, while a silent and live auction helped the Corporate Challenge raise over $26,000 for the Sun Peaks Health Association, the RIH Foundation and Sun Peaks junior ski racing.
Thanks to all the participants, sponsors and volunteers who once again made the event such a success - See you all again next year!
Conditions were stellar on Sunday with 8cm of fresh snow and nothing but blue skies across the resort. While many hit the slopes to celebrate the start of their President's week vacation a number of others headed straight to check out all the action of the Bluebird Banked Slalom.
Back for its second year, the Bluebird Banked Slalom is a fun community event and a highly anticipated occurrence of the Sun Peaks winter calendar. This year's event was a long time in the making with a brand new course and location just off to the right of 5 Mile. It took months of grooming to ensure that the Hully Gully course was even bigger and better than last years - and it didn't disappoint!
Skiers and boarders had a blast racing against the clock, all keen to get their hands on some awesome prizes and of course a much sought after trophy. Spectators were treated to a great show as the racers sped down the super-fast course with some epic wipe-outs along the way.
After a fantastic day of friendly competition Masa's Bar + Grill hosted the official after party where participants were buzzing and more than willing to reward their efforts with a well-deserved beer or two...
$15 from each entry fee was donated towards the Bluebird Day Fund, a local charity which was set up in memory of Bryn Taylor. The event raised over $1500 for the fund whose mission is to support local skiers and riders in their growth and development. For more information on the Bluebird Day Fund click here.
Men’s masters board 1st Kent Koach Thiessen 1.39.02 2nd Brett Tippie 1.39.97 3rd Ryan Clements 1.44.57 4th Dom Koric 1.49.48 5th Dave Shaw 1.50.34 6th David Kolzar 1.51.05 7th Chad Hampton 1.58.99 8th Curt Brownlee 1.59.21 9th Lee Wilson 2.05.03 10th Chris Nowak 2.14.62 11th Peter Garvey 2.18.38 12th Jase Peterson 2.30.56
Men’s masters’ ski 1st Robert Palmer 1.30.52 2nd Adam Earle 1.31.89 3rd Greg Rutledge 1.33.86 4th Scott Whitecross 1.40.63 5th Brad Heyman 1.45.66 6th Gerald Allgaiger 1.45.70 7th Don Gagnon 1.46.46 8th John Grinter 2.07.63 9th Jas Doel 2.22.88 10th Chris Seely DNF
Men’s open board 1st Graham Rohrmoser 1.26.72 2nd Ross Thompson 1.35.93 3rd Tim Work 1.39.21 4th Graham Birdman 1.41.67 5th Danny Web 1.42.02 6th Devin Knopf 1.46.75 7th Bryan Lupul 1.54.38 8th Chayse Marshal 1.56.23 9th Alan Hay 1.59.73 10th Jess Kiesel 2.00.43 11th Matthew Harris 2.09.28
Men’s open ski 1st Kieran Nikula 1.24.77 2nd Luke Harrison 1.27.2 3rd James Huser 1.27.53 4th James Mcloud 1.31.66 5th Dylan Stevens 1.32.30 6th Ben Issacs 1.33.20 7th Jason Jones 1.35.42 8th Parker Blackstock 1.36.78 9th Brandon Harris 1.40.17 10th Tim Abbey 2.22.65
Women’s board 1st Desiree Janzen 1.48.21 2nd Jennica Lowell 1.51.75 3rd Jessica Kinear 1.51.77 4th Khai Bhagwandin 1.53.49 5th Erin Vogan 1.53.89 6th Caitlin Brown 1.56.02 7th Rebecca Hill 2.01.98 8th Chelsea Zaugg 2.02.41 9th Shannon Hay 2.06.27 10th Jenna Ross 2.11.88 11th Katie Anne Rowat 2.14.85
Combi ski and board 2 run combined score 1st Tyler Meade 2.79.71 2nd Colby Olson 2.93.56 3rd Clark Hooton 3.38.19 4th Dave Kuan 3.46.11
Photos courtesy of Royce Sihlis Photography