Want to learn to bike like a pro? Now you can! Sun Peaks Resort is thrilled to announce an official partnership with Kamloops-based professional mountain bike athlete Dylan Sherrard. Dylan’s relationship with the resort has been evolving for years with steadily increased involvement in the Bike Park and specifically multi-day freeride camps, culminating in the launch of the Shred Hard Summer Camp series for summer 2016. The Shred Hard Summer Camps schedule is diverse to suit any schedule. The lineup includes the Shred Hard Sick Weekend Camp on July 9-10, Shred Hard Summer Camp - a five day program from July 11-15, and Shred Hard Sunday School for younger shredders running four weeks straight starting on July 17. The Sun Peaks Bike Park opens on Friday, June 24, offering lift access to an enormous trail network spanning all ability levels and the entire spectrum of riding styles from cross country to downhill.
Established in 2010, the Sun Peaks Education Society (SPES) set a goal to offer the most stimulating educational experience in B.C. to children in a spectacular mountainside community. With the assistance of Sun Peaks Resort LLP, and the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality, a school site for the Discovery Centre for Balanced Education (DCBE) was secured at the top of the Village Platter lift. In its inaugural year the DCBE passed 18 students, from kindergarten to grade five, through its doors with exceptional results. Five years later, SPES is working with The Kamloops-Thompson School District 73 to offer a blended schooling model to more than 60 students in Grades 7 through 12. Changing names from the ‘Discovery Centre for Balanced Education’ to the ‘Sun Peaks Secondary Academy’ is not the only development new to the 2015/16 winter season. This year the elementary program is adding an additional full-time instructor to account for the influx of registered students. With perks such as “Friday’s off” for Ski Club training and enjoying the slopes during lunch breaks, this mountainside school is quickly gaining in popularity and showing no signs of slowing down.
Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP) is a non-profit organization whose focus is to provide opportunities for people with a wide range of disabilities to participate in adaptive snow sports and recreational programs. Lead by Paralympian, Head Coach and Manager of Race Development, Danny Letain, ASSP is heading into their 9th season of operation. With a heavy focus on personalized training, ASSP utilizes between two to three instructors per student, assisting both skiers and boarders alike. Based upon the popularity of the program and an increased demand within the sector, the organization has doubled the number of instructors it employs within the past four years. While there has been a steady rise in lessons for both local and regional students, there has also been an influx of international students coming from all corners of the globe such as New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States. Along with the accessible layout of Sun Peaks’ ski-through village, much of this interest can be attributed to the organization’s progressive approach, with courses such as the Race Development Program. Designed to take confident adaptive sports athletes to the next level, this program prepares students for the rigorous training required to excel at all levels of competition.