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Santa Comes to Town… Early!

by Sarah23. December 2011 21:39

A man of many names but most commonly referred to as Santa, decided to take a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the North Pole to come and enjoy all that Sun Peaks Resort has to offer. He's only going to be in town for a few days and as he is quite possibly more popular than Justin Bieber, he will be in hot demand!

Already this week he was spotted at the skating rink on the Family fun night and taking part in a bit of hockey. I managed to snap a few photos of him snowboarding yesterday as he cruised down 5 Mile, took some request and then shredded the terrain park!

Nancy Greene and Santa coordinating their outerwear.

Working out his route to the North Pole.

Getting some air time!

Taking some last requests.

Getting jiggy on the dance floor.

Cruising back to the Village.

For more photos head to our Facebook page.

It’s back to business as usual for him tomorrow night, but before he leaves on his annual round-the-world journey. Accompany him on a relaxing sleigh ride through Sun Peaks Resort tonight. Or join him for a delicious traditional pancake breakfast at Masa’s on the morning of Christmas Eve, and take advantage of the chance to make any last minute requests to the big man himself, before hitting the slopes.  He’s planning on heading up the mountain after breakfast as well and you’re all invited to join him, as he gets in a few last turns before taking off!

To see Santa’s full schedule of events click here.

Have a Happy Holiday and a Merry Christmas!


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Happy Holidays

by Sarah19. December 2011 18:59
The holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. With so much going on around this time of year; where do you begin? For a quick run-down on some of the many options available within the resort, you can head straight to the winter activities page here or check out the weekly events calendar.

At the start of this month I got to cross “the fastest game on earth” off my list of things to do/see while in Canada. Ice hockey is not a very common sport back in New Zealand, so I was keen to go watch a game at least once while here. We checked out the Kamloops Blazers play the Victoria Royals. It was my first hockey game at a venue and it didn’t disappoint! Watching a team play in their hometown gives a completely different feel; the atmosphere was electric! The Blazers eventually took it out 4–2, scoring the winning points in the 3rd period, making it their sixth consecutive win. It was a lot of fun and a great experience; I highly recommend it for a night out.

Today I checked out the Sun Peaks Festival of Trees. It’s a new event in the Sun Peaks Village this year and provides a nice activity for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased at the Sun Peaks Adventure Centre with the proceeds benefiting the Sun Peaks Education Society. Wander through the picturesque Village and meet new and friendly people as you go between the various businesses and venues that have participated. Admire their styled Christmas tree and then vote on your favourite one. Along the way there is also a scavenger for the kids, once completed they can receive a prize. It’s a bit of fun and all goes towards a great cause.

Later in the week, Santa will be taking a quick break before his round-the-world adventure to come and carve a few turns down the slopes. Take advantage of this chance to make any last minute requests to the big man himself. I’m going to keep it simple and only ask him for a foot of fresh powder, thanks Santa!

Check back as I look into other activities as the weeks go by. Remember to share your photos/videos with us on Facebook.

Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year!


What's Happening?

by Sarah8. December 2011 21:54
With dumping nights and bluebird days so early in the season, we're so pumped for the months ahead!

This weekend the Green terrain park (located at the base of the Sundance Express lift) plays host to the resurgence rail jam for the second year running. Sponsor B&B Boardshop is putting some sweet prizes up for grabs and a cash prize to the men's open category winner. This event will be the kick start to the season long point series, where the overall winner will walk away with an additional cash prize and the ‘No Bail Peace Prize’ title. Expect to see some amazing tricks thrown down by these talented skiers and riders.

The events calendar is continuing to grow with increasing weekly happenings, as we lead up to the holiday season. We have our regular weekly activities beginning next week. For the powder hounds the First Tracks Breakfast will be on every Tuesday morning; get exclusive runs on all designated trails accessed from the Crystal Chairlift and receive a hearty breakfast at the Sunburst Restaurant *please note that tickets must be purchased in advance from the Adventure Centre on the previous day by 3:00pm. Wednesday’s we have the Family Fun Night at the Skating Rink; one for the kids or kids at heart. With different games to be played on the rink every week, hot chocolate and a bonfire on location to keep everyone warm. Then on Thursdays, the Fondue Dinner & Evening Descent is a truly unique experience. Enjoy a twilight ride up to the Sunburst Restaurant where you will you will be served some delicious fondue and entertained with live music. After the meal you will cruise down under the stars to lantern lit slopes; perfect for a romantic night out or just a great way to end your day on the mountain.

The shops come to you next weekend, with the 4th Annual Christmas Market happening on the 16 & 17. It provides the perfect place to find unique and hand made gifts, along with many other goods on offer. In the days leading up to Christmas Santa will be taking a quick break to stop off at Sun Peaks. Join him while he’s carving some turns on the slopes, going on a sleigh ride or just relax and enjoy a delicious good old fashioned pancake breakfast with him!

With bellies still full from the all the fabulous Christmas dinners, put on by many of the local restaurants. Stand in awe on New Year’s with the spectacular 5th annual First Flight Big Air Invitational in the Terrain Park followed by the famous Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. It’s an event not to be missed and an experience that won’t be forgotten! Don’t forget your camera!

All the regular annual season events will be returning; Winter Festival of Wine, 16th Annual TELUS Nancy Greene Corporate Challenge, the Velocity Challenge, the Adaptive Snow Sports Festival, as well as many other ski and snowboard competitions. And don’t forget the 50th Anniversary specific events that will be happening throughout the season. For dates and information click here to go straight to the events calendar.

Have a great weekend!



50 Years Strong.

by Sarah2. December 2011 10:54
This Saturday kicks off our 50th Anniversary celebrations. We’re very excited to bring back some of the past traditions throughout the 2011/12 season. This Saturday we are offering 50% off lift tickets, for those 50 wonderful years. Throughout the day there will be a range of activities happening. For the complete schedule of the events click here. Remember to dress up in your best vintage ski attire as prizes will be awarded!

We’ve brought back the Miss Tod Mountain pageant for this year only. With the last winner; Natalie Sanesh coming in as one of our hosts, judges and to pass on her crown to the next ‘Miss Tod Mountain’. It’s going to be an exceptional night and should not be missed! The event will be held at Masa's Bar & Grill with food and beverage specials from 5pm. You can enjoy the platter of ribs and chicken, then wash it down with a bucket of Coronas or a double Baileys and coffee.

We will be hosting a series of 50th Anniversary related events over the season including looking back on the Tod Mountain days, a slush cup, wonder weekend social, penguin "belly slide" race and many more. You can check out all the specific 50th Anniversary celebrations here

A great addition to any coffee table is the soon to be released book documenting the history of Sun Peaks Resort and Tod Mountain. Keep an eye out on the websiteas it will be available in the near future, just in time for Christmas! In the mean time enjoy a collection of interviews with some of the original “Toddies”.

See you all on Saturday!