It seems like no matter where you go in the world, Aussies are everywhere and Sun Peaks is no exception. This was certainly evident on Saturday when a large number of us hit the slopes to celebrate Australia Day. You couldn't miss the large group of flag bearing, boxer short and bikini wearing guys and girls who, despite the freezing temps descended down 5 Mile like they were still down under!
Back home we celebrate our national day with parties and BBQ's with friends and family. Many will spend the day swimming at the beach or playing cricket in the backyard. While it's always a great day, i think that all the Aussies here at Sun Peaks, both workers and visitors were more then content spending Australia Day shredding the slopes at a world class ski resort - I know i sure was!
Wine, food and more wine was the focus of the past week and what a wonderful week it’s been! Après-skiing was once again taken to new heights and epicureans were in for a treat with a food and wine pairing event to suit every taste.
With so many amazing events on the agenda such as Port, Chocolate and Cheese, Mixology to Music and the Blind Tasting Party it was a tough decision for many people to decide which ones to attend. I opted for the signature event – the Progressive Tasting and I can definitely see why it’s not only one of the highlights of the Wine Festival but of the entire winter events calendar!
The village was buzzing on Friday night with over 650 people from all over Canada and the world eager to sample some of the Okanagan region’s finest wines. I spoke with one couple from Washington who have attended the event every year for the past 7 years, always making sure that their Sun Peaks vacation falls over the 3rd weekend in January. For others, it was their first progressive tasting experience but if they’re anything like me, one thing’s for sure it won’t be their last!
Between sips of Merlot, Chardonnay and delicious Icewines, people compared their routes taken on the maps provided as well as their favourite wines of the night. Everyone certainly got jollier as the evening went on, with many ending up dancing in the village streets to the music provided by the live band and DJ! There was no doubt a few sore heads on Saturday but I guess that’s to be expected when there are so many wineries showcasing their best drops!
It’s been another fantastic Festival which has highlighted both the quality of Okanagan wines and the suburb culinary expertise of all the restaurants at Sun Peaks. We just can’t wait to do it all again next year!
The sun was shining for our 7th Annual Sun Peaks Family Cup on Saturday and despite the freezing temperatures we saw a record number of competitors as well as some enthusiastic spectators who came down to cheer them on!
While there’s no doubt that the Canadians and Australians dominated each of the divisions there was also a number of English and Kiwi racers who did their countries proud. The Linder’s from Canada smashed their competition in the family category taking 1st place with a 6 second lead on the next fastest family, the Avery’s also from Canada. 3rd place was the Reid family from Australia who narrowly missed out on 2nd place by less than a quarter of a second!
Strong times in both the individual and group categories meant that Australia were once again this year’s overall winners of the Family Cup, with a total of 20 points! Canada came a close 2nd with 18 points followed by England in 3rd place. Click here for a full list of individual, family and group results.
While the Sun Peaks Family Cup celebrations may have come to an end for another year the fun and festivities definitely haven’t, particularly for the adults who can now indulge their après-ski desires! Wining and dining is the focus at the 15th Annual Sun Peaks festival of Wine, with culinary events, wine tasting and educational seminars taking place every day until January 20th! Check out the program for more info on the various activities!
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Over the past week we’ve seen families from all over the world and people of all ages take part in a variety of fun activities and friendly competitions!
The celebrations got off to a great start on Sunday at the 4th Annual Sun Peaks Kookaburra Cup! The cross country loppet has continued to grow over the past couple of years and this year we not only saw a record number of participants but also two additional longer courses for the more advanced Nordic skiers. So if all goes according to plan with my Nordic skiing New Year’s resolution I’ll definitely be competing next year! To view the full results from the Kookaburra Cup click here.
Yesterday it was all about the kids as they battled it out at the obstacle course! It was a female dominated affair as girls from Canada, Australia and New Zealand climbed, ducked, jumped and skied their way around the course alongside the only male competitor – Barney the Kangaroo! Barney did put up a good fight but the girls were too good and in the end the Canadians took home the gold medal! So now the question remains can Australia, last year’s winning country keep hold of the coveted Family Cup trophy or will the Canadian’s have a home snow advantage?!
If you’re planning on representing your family and country at the signature race on Saturday then there’s still time for some last minute practice! The final gates training session will take place between 11am and 1pm tomorrow and don’t forget Friday Race Series kicks off this week so that gives you another chance to practice your turns!
If racing isn’t your thing then head to one of parties that we have happening over the next few days! Today is the skating party, tomorrow is the welcome reception party and Monday is the tubing party – the final event of this year’s Family Cup celebrations! A full program of events can be found here.
Good luck to everyone who is competing on Saturday! Enjoy the family fun and may the best country win!
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The past few weeks of 2012 not only saw a number of incredible powder days but also some great events both on and off the slopes! The personal highlight for me, other than experiencing my first ever white Christmas was seeing the village come to life for Santa’s Alpine Visit! I also had an amazing New Year’s Eve and there’s no denying that the year definitely ended with a bang at the celebrations on Monday night. It was an epic sendoff to 2012 and those that made it down to the village were not disappointed by the tricks thrown down at the First Flight Big Air Invitational, Dan Oig singing live on stage, the fantastic fireworks and of course the torchlight parade! It must have been a big night for many of you as the slopes were suspiciously quiet on New Year’s morning!
As we enter another year, I thought it would be appropriate to make some ski season specific New Year’s resolutions. On top of just improving my skiing on more difficult terrain I’ve also decided I’d like to pick up a new winter sport – I’ve tried snowboarding before (without success!) and so I’ve decided to give Nordic Skiing a go! I’ve heard so much about it, particularly since being at Sun Peaks and since it’s meant to be great exercise I’ve really got nothing to lose! I’ve booked myself in for the Introduction to Nordic Skiing program and I’ll be sure to let you all know how I get on!
2013 is already looking great; we’ve had some beautiful sunny days and yesterday the 7th Annual Sun Peaks Family Cup got underway! Over the next two weeks there are a number of family activities, events and competitions going on with the signature race taking place on Saturday, January 12th. Make sure you check out the schedule of events for more details.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have a fun and fulfilling 2013 with lots of free time to hit the slopes and of course plenty of powder days, first lifts and fresh tracks!
Photos courtesy of Nathanael Kotzur!
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