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!
Tags: racing, snow, sun peaks resort, sun peaks, nordic, nordic skiing bc, nordic skiing canada, family cup, kookaburra cup
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!
Tags: christmas, nordic, nordic skiing canada, powder, rockstar energy terrain park, santa, snow, sun peaks, sun peaks resort, new year's eve
Terrain Park Events | Family Events
Calling all skiing and boarding enthusiasts! If the thought of cruising down the slopes at night with just a handful of other people sounds pretty cool to you then I would suggest attending a fondue dinner and evening descent! I guess it goes without saying but cheese and chocolate lovers you’re in for a treat with this one too!
Last week was the first event for the season and I was fortunate enough to take part. After we met our guides we headed up the Sunburst Chair which opens especially for the occasion. It was a pretty unique experience being on a chairlift in the dark and after I shook the thought of getting stuck up there like in the movie ‘Frozen’ I was able to appreciate the serenity of the mountains at night!
When we arrived at the Sunburst Restaurant we were offered a selection of meat, bread and vegetables and a delicious cheese fondue and mushroom broth to dip it all in! As if that wasn’t enough, we were then treated to chocolate fondue and fresh fruit and marshmallows to accompany it! Communal dining tables meant we were able to chat with other guests from all over the world and live music set the tone for what was a wonderful dining experience.
We all left the restaurant feeling satisfyingly full and eager to hit the slopes for our descent back to the village! As we made our way down one by one, all you could hear was the sound of your own skis carving the freshly groomed run. I feel pretty confident saying that even the biggest powder hounds will be able to appreciate a groomed 5 Mile at night! For more information on this incredible winter activity click here!
Tags: snow, sun peaks, sun peaks resort, powder, skking, boarding, fondue, sunburst restaurant
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful day with your family and loved ones.
Well Santa definitely came to Sun Peaks this year! Not only did he ski, skate and dine with us over the past couple of weeks but he also gave us all the gift of snow - we've received 180cm in December so far! It was great to see so many of you out there yesterday enjoying the great conditions and celebrating Christmas day on the mountain!
As 2012 draws to an end, make sure you join us for our famous New Year’s Eve Celebrations! There are loads of activities planned including live music, parades and fireworks to help you kick off 2013 in style!
Tags: christmas, powder, santa, sun peaks, sun peaks resort
Sun Peaks offers so much more than just fantastic skiing and snowboarding and so I’ve decided that this season I want to experience as many winter activities as possible - first on the hit list, a snowshoeing tour!
There’s a variety of different tours available but I opted for the Moonlight Snowshoe and S’mores Tour, partly because I wanted to explore the mountains at night but also because I was tempted to try a s’more which I’ve heard so much about!
After meeting our very friendly tour guide Rob and getting fitted with our snowshoes we set off in the direction of Mount Morrisey. It was a great night to take the tour, we’d had 18cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours and the sky was so clear we could spot Orion’s Belt and The Big Dipper. We began our journey on a groomed Nordic trail but even when we ventured off track I was surprised by how easy it was to walk in thigh deep powder!
Upon arrival at the camp we were warmed up by a campfire and bottomless hot apple cider! While we toasted our marshmallows and enjoyed the yummy s’mores, Rob read us ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee’ by Robert W Service and told us a little about the history of snowshoeing. There was a real sense of being completely on our own on the mountain and it was a magical experience!
The descent back to the village was the highlight for me, not only did we get an incredible view of the glistening village below but we could see the snow cats working their magic across the front slopes of Sundance.
Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the mountains and see them in a completely different way! Next time I’m going to join the Alpine tour for a daylight expedition on Mount Tod! For more information on snowshoeing rental and the different tours available click here.
Tags: powder, snow, snowshoe canada, snowshoe ski resort, sun peaks, sun peaks resort
Despite the dumping snow, Santa managed to find his way to our village on Saturday for his annual alpine visit and for the first of his many appearances at Sun Peaks this year!
As well as getting their photo taken with Santa, visitors were able to sample food at local restaurants, meet some of the Huskies from Mountain Man Adventure Dogsledding tours and shop at the various market stalls that were set up especially for the day! Kids were also treated to a number of activities such as ornament decorating, snowman making and Christmas storytelling. With plenty of snow falling and everyone’s favourite Christmas carols playing the village really came to life and turned into a magical winter wonderland. It was definitely a fabulous way to end what was an awesome day on the slopes!
If you missed Santa's visit, dont worry there's still plenty of opportunities to meet him, have your photo taken or get your Christmas wish list in! This Saturday, December 22nd head to the ice rink to skate with Santa or on Sunday hit the slopes and ski with Santa as he cruises down 5 Mile! Alternatively, share a pancake breakfast with the man himself at Masa's Bar + Grill on Monday the 24th before he sets of on his annual expedition!
Happy holidays everyone and enjoy the festive fun!
Tags: christmas, masa's bar + grill, powder, santa, snow, sun peaks resort
The 3rd Annual Resurgence Rail Jam presented by B&B Board Shop took place on Sunday December 9 in our green terrain park zone, stepped up a bit just for the jam. Dumping snow may have led many spectators to hit the slopes but it certainly didn't deter the record breaking number of participants who were eager to battle it out!
For those of you that missed the action, entrants competed in 30 minute jam sessions with a finals round for the Mens Open categories. Points were awarded based on their rankings at this event, which will be combined with points at our other park events this season to decide the No Bail Peace Prize winners for this winter.
Thanks to everyone for coming out and showing your support to the riders. It's fair to say that the Resurgence Rail Jam was not only an awesome start to the 2012/2013 terrain park series but also a great showcase of local park talent!
See you all on December 31st in the Rockstar Energy Terrain Park for the Granville Island First Flight Big Air Invitationalpart of our famous New Year's Eve Celebrations!
Men’s Open Ski
1) Brandyn Evans
2) Derek White
3) Stu Sykes
Men’s Open Board
1) Birdman (Graham Mear)
2) Geremy Guido
3) Brad Reid
Women’s Open Ski
1) Jenna Anderson
Women’s Open Board:
1) Kristina Adams
2) Tenasia Monaghan
3) Meelen Van Wermeskeren
1) Cole Belland
2) Chris Mendes
3) Jarad Putnam
1) Jared Wilman
2) Jake Bells
3) Brett Matias
1) Drummond Maule
2) Justin Rokosh
1) Max Rokosh
Tags: rockstar energy terrain park, no bail peace prize, sun peaks resort, resurgence rail jam
Terrain Park Events
Well despite the less then favorable conditions over the
weekend it was great to see many of you out there enjoying the first runs of
the season. And it’s even greater to see that the snow is now really starting
I hit the slopes for the first time this winter yesterday,
and had a blast being taken back to my beginner days on the greens but also
going off trail and discovering some fresh pockets of powder, thanks to all the
snow that’s recently fallen. It definitely did the trick and has got me very
excited for what’s to come!
I’ve been here a little over a week now and I’ve spent some
time getting acquainted with the village and meeting some of the very friendly
locals. I’ve also hit the shops for items to get me ready for the season ahead–
on top of a few necessities I managed to convince myself that an additional
pair of goggles, mittens and another new beanie (or should I say, toque!) were
not ‘wants’ but ‘needs’. This was also the case for the delicious chocolate,
caramel, nut creation that I found at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory -
Well, one thing that is undeniably a ‘need’ are some ski’s
so I’m off to demo some now (it’s down to the Volkl Kenja or the Rossignol
Temptation 82, I’ll let you know how I get on).
Until next time - enjoy your time out on the slopes and make
sure you ski and ride with care!
Tags: opening day, sun peaks resort
Hey everyone, my name is Sarah and I’ll be your blogger for the season. Although originally from Australia I’ve spent the last few years in London where one indoor ski slope (150 metres long!) was the best and possibly only option for skiing or riding. So it’s definitely an understatement to say that I’m a little excited to be spending this winter living and working at a world-class ski resort!
I’m really looking forward to keeping you all informed about what’s been happening at Sun Peaks Resort as well as sharing my own experiences with you over the coming months. If you’re wondering how to spend your time when you’re not on the slopes then be sure to check out our Events Calendar – there’s always something going on for everyone.
Apart from the obvious there are lots of other things to do this opening weekend! On Saturday night the annual Fire Fighters Fundraising Gala will take place at The Delta Hotel and there’s also the premiere of LSL Production’s newest ski and snowboard film at Masa’s Bar + Grill.
Enjoy your first day on the slopes - I look forward to seeing you all out there. And don’t forget to keep praying to Mother Nature!
Here's a picture we took on the mountain this morning!
Tags: sun peaks resort, fire fighter gala, lsl productions, masa's bar + grill