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The 7th Annual Sun Peaks Family Cup

by Sarah10. January 2013 13:05

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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Here's to 2013!

by Sarah3. January 2013 10:19

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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Full Moon Nordic Ski to McGillivray Lake Cabin

by Sarah10. February 2012 19:25

We've been having some fantastic bluebird days this past week and the snow is in superb condition. I took advantage of the crystal clear days and nights to go out on my first EVER Nordic ski. I tagged along with the group heading out on the Full Moon Ski to McGillivray Lake Cabin.

It was a perfect evening for it; the sun was just settling in for the night and the moon was in full glow, lighting the path so well that we didn't need to use our headlamps on the ski out to the cabin. As a first timer I managed to work out a good rhythm for the flats however the hills proved a challenging task but Phil Youwe (Nordic coordinator) gave me a few tips on the best approach to the uphill and down hill. Short quick steps putting pressure on each ski as I stepped uphill and on the downhill taking one foot out of the tracks and keeping my knees bent as I attempt to slice the pizza on the way down... It worked out very well as I only fell twice.

We arrived at the cabin just as the fire started roaring and wieners were ready to be cooked. I took advantage of the clear night to take a few long exposure photos then dug in to the food; the chocolate fondue was a delicious treat and was the perfect fuel for the return ski back to the village.

Heading back off into the still night was such a peaceful and surreal feeling, gliding through the trees it felt like you were the only one out there! But we would stop at certain points for the group to catch up. When we arrived back at the parking lot everyone was absolutely thrilled with the evening. Friederike (from Germany) and Cinzia (from Switzerland) were both stoked on the whole experience as well as Sun peaks Resort as a whole. Being my very first Nordic adventure I was sold and can't wait to get back out on the trails!

Our Nordic Program has grown this year with the appointment of the first Nordic Ski Coordinator position. We held Nordic Ski Camps on Jan. 28 and 29th which were extremely successful; everybody learned some great improvements on their classic and skating techniques.

We have also developed a Nordic Ski Program for the local school which is called the Discovery Center. We are teaching Nordic skiing to approx. 24 kids from grades 2-6.Our program started on Feb. 8 and runs on Feb. 15 and 29th.

Over the 2011–12 season, as well as the camps there are an assortment of new and popular activities on the Nordic Skiing events calendar such as the 3rd Annual Kookaburra Cup and still to come this season the Nordic Lunch Seminar with a focus on attire, equipment & waxing, The Holy Cow Nordic Loppet which is going to be a very fun day, the Nordic Lunch Seminar covering nutrition & hydration and on March 7 is the final Full Moon Nordic Ski out to McGillivray Lake Cabin. I would defiantly recommend signing up, as it is an amazing and tranquil experience one not to be missed!

For people interested in Nordic Skiing at Sun Peaks; there is also an introductory meeting on Feb. 26 at 4:00 PM in Bentos to discuss the forming of a Nordic Ski Club at Sun Peaks. If you are interested please feel free to attend and bring a friend. To make a reservation on any of our Nordic programs or for further information please contact the Sports School on 250-578-5505.

See you on the trails!

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