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Discounted Lift Ticket Pricing for Spring Skiing

Beginning Sunday, March 29, Sun Peaks Resort will be offering alpine lift tickets at a discounted Spring rate:

Adult (19-64) $71  |  Senior (65+) $57  |  Youth (13-18) $57  |  Child (6-12) $36

For further details on lift ticket/pass pricing please contact Guest Services at 250.578.5474.

Headwalls challenges fastest skiers on Earth
“It’s crazy. It’s wild. It’s so fast. We’re probably all a little bit nuts,” says event organizer and speed-skier Adam Earle, as Sun Peaks gears up to host the 2015 Bear Country FIS Speed Skiing World Cup from March 11 to 14.

Over 50 racers from around the world will descend on Sun Peaks to take on one of the most intimidating speed-skiing courses on Earth – the Headwalls ski run.

Racers will reach speeds of around 175 kilometres per hour.

“Think about the last time you were travelling at speed on the highway. You’re probably doing 120 km/h. It feels pretty fast,” Earle said.

“Now increase your speed another 50 kilometres and take away the car. And instead of a highway you’re driving off the side of a 60 storey high building. That’s what speed-skiing is like. It’s the fastest non-motorized sport on the planet.”

The Headwalls course is unique in speed ski races — the convex course leaves racers unable to see the bottom of the course.

“You can only see about 150 feet in front of you, and then the course just disappears,” said long-time competitor Don Gagnon. “It’s very intimidating, and depending on conditions, the course is slightly different each time.” Read more...

Over 25 musical performances land at Sun Peaks during March Music Madness

March 4, 2015: Live music and spring skiing go hand in hand! To celebrate this, DJ’s, bands, acoustic performers and local talent will join forces once again for March Music Madness in Canada’s Alpine Village. All month long, over 20 musical acts encompassing a variety of genres will perform at different venues throughout the village, including at the base of the Sundance chairlift. In addition, the Dew Tour Am Series will close out the month with two free, outdoor shows featuring Tokyo Police Club and Mother Mother on March 27 and 28, 2015. 

It all begins this Thursday with local favourites DJ D-Funkt & Freedom 35 at The Club at 9:00 pm. The weekend also features Halls & Ernst at Powder Hounds Restaurant and DJ Astroboy. The first slopeside, outdoor performance of March Music Madness takes place on Saturday, March 7 at 1:00 pm with Lovecoast, a BC band bringing an exciting mix of West Coast inspired R&B, soul, jazz and infectious pop to the stage. Read more...

WestJet Encore launches service between Edmonton and Kamloops
Kamloops Airport today welcomed passengers inbound from Edmonton as WestJet Encore inaugurated its new daily non-stop service from Edmonton International Airport.

“This is an important connection for Kamloops and one that will enhance travel opportunities for tourists and commuting workers alike,” said Fred Legace, Kamloops Airport Managing Director.

“Alberta is a growing market for Sun Peaks and Edmonton in particular has a long history with our resort,” said Christopher Nicholson, President, Tourism Sun Peaks. “Now instead of a road or bus trip, travellers from this area can hop a plane to enjoy a ski getaway and take advantage of the sophisticated amenities at Canada’s second largest ski areas." Read more...
Event organizers find snow in Sun Peaks
Organizers of large scale events are finding plenty of snow in Sun Peaks where this month’s events are full steam ahead. Southern B.C. communities have felt the warm pacific weather systems, but the interior mountains like Sun Peaks are still accumulating snow thanks to higher elevations. This provides the ultimate venue for large scale competitions and events such as Ski For Light Canada and the 4th Annual Bluebird Banked Slalom this week and 2015 Special Olympics BC Winter Games next week.
 
Ski For Light Canada, a Nordic event that pairs visually impaired cross country skiers with sighted guides for a week of skiing, training sessions and social events, is wrapping up this week after utilizing Sun Peaks’ expansive Nordic trail network. A first time venue for the international event, organizers have been pleased with the condition of trails and resort amenities. Read more...
Sun Peaks Season Extended an Extra Week - Ski Until April 12!

You’ve likely heard rumours through the proverbial grapevine but now it's official, the Sun Peaks winter season will be extended by a week until Sunday, April 12. So go ahead and get excited, stock up on yellow wax and dig out your tightest, brightest one piece suits, because spring skiing just got even better with an extra week to perfect that goggle tan!

Lift ticket rates will be discounted April 7-12 and the majority of our expansive terrain will be accessible from four strategically placed lifts; Sundance, Elevation, Crystal, and Village Platter. Check out our alpine trail map for an idea of what terrain is accessible from these lifts.

Sun Peaks is well known for great spring skiing and abundant snow throughout April, in fact it was our biggest month for snowfall last winter. So whether we’re carving slushy turns under the sun or charging spring pow in the alpine, this is really an exciting announcement for the resort and all of us snow hungry skiers and riders who now have one less week of (shudders) "summer" to endure before the chairs start spinning again for 2015-16!

Improve Your All Mountain Skills & You Could Win a FREE Day of Heli Skiing!

That’s right, Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing has generously donated a day of world famous powder skiing as a draw prize for one of our ‘Beyond the Groomers’ or ‘All Mountain Skills Camp’ participants. Why? How? Well…

This winter, Sun Peaks renowned backcountry area known as ‘Gil’s’ has been incorporated into the ski area boundary. A brand new snow safety program was implemented but as many powder hounds can attest, off-piste terrain and deep snow often necessitate some additional skills to navigate this terrain safely, and effectively.

With the introduction of this new alpine terrain, paired with the growing popularity of off-piste skiing and backcountry travel, Sun Peaks’ Snow Sports School upped the ante by introducing two new multi-day camps, offered weekly, to introduce adventurous souls to this exciting world. Beyond the Groomers is a 3-day camp focused primarily on off-piste skiing technique on steeps, in deeps, trees and bumps, offered every Monday to Wednesday. The All Mountain Skills Camp is a 2-day experience promoting safety and awareness of mountain hazards through terrain assessment, hazard analysis, overnight survival, and companion rescue. Skiers have the option to choose from the two or enroll in both for a more comprehensive, back-to-back, 5-day epic.

Bodie Shandro is a professional Canadian Ski Guide and the local instructor leading these programs at Sun Peaks,

These camps are invaluable for all ages and abilities that venture off of groomed terrain. Safety is our top priority, developing an awareness of mountain hazards, promoting good decision making and preparedness in terms of skills, equipment and attitude!"

Bodie is also a Guide at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWH), the legendary heli operation based out of Blue River, just 2.5 hours north of Sun Peaks.  Sun Peaks has a long standing relationship with Mike Wiegele’s, offering a warm-up package for guests to get their ski legs under them at the resort before tackling the towering peaks of MWH’s 1.2 million acres of terrain. The addition of these new camps to the roster will improve this offer exponentially, offering the perfect warm-up week so skiers can make the most of their time with MWH. 

During a recent visit to Sun Peaks, Mike Wiegele himself was so impressed with the addition of  the off-piste education camps offered, that Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing donated a free day of heli skiing as a draw prize for one lucky camp participant! Not only do our camps  offer invaluable knowledge, but now you could win a day in the ultimate powder playground to put your newly acquired skills to the test! The winner will be drawn and contacted at the end of the 2014-15 winter season at Sun Peaks.

We’ve been receiving stellar feedback on these new programs from camp participants all season, and this proverbial “nod” from Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing is not only a great treat for the winner, but recognition that the Sun Peaks ski experience continues to evolve alongside the skiers, boarders, and culture that keep the lifts turning and terrain growing.

For more information on these and more guided private opportunities to explore and learn about Sun Peaks off-piste terrain, please call 250.578.5505 or visit www.SunPeaksResort.com/School.

Sun Peaks Awarded Spot in Condé Naste's Top Ten Family Ski Resorts in North America
December 3, 2014: Top travel magazine, Condé Naste Traveler, recently awarded Sun Peaks Resort a spot in their Top Ten Family Ski Resorts in North America! Sun Peaks is one of only two Canadian resorts to be included and the only Western Canadian resort to be included. Thanks Condé Nast! Read more.
First North American Mountain Cross Cart Course Coming to Sun Peaks in 2015

October 6, 2014: Sun Peaks’ visitors will find an exciting new means of descending the mountain next summer. A brand new Mountain Cross Cart (MCC) course is currently being constructed on ‘Sunbeam’ ski run paralleling the Platter Lift, the first of its kind in North America. This is a continuation of the diversification of the resort’s gravity-fueled summer activity options and investments in new summer infrastructure.

Nine MCC Parks are currently operated around the world including Sweden, Norway, Estonia and Finland. Finland’s MCC Action staff were at Sun Peaks in late September to provide expert advice and assistance in laying out the course, which is now distinctly visible from Sun Peaks’ village. Once completed this fall, regular ski activities will not be affected on the popular ski slope.


The future course starting at the top of Sunbeam ski run.

The new track is 512 metres long with a vertical descent of 52 metres and is expected to provide an average speed of 35 km/h. The existing platter lift will get a break from its seasonal hibernation and run daily during summer mountain operations months to bring both carts and racers to the top of the course.

“This thrilling addition to the Sun Peaks summer program will be a great new activity for guests to enjoy,” says Jamie Tattersfield, head of mountain operations for Sun Peaks Resort Corporation. “The MCC Action Park will be a perfect complement to our already world class amenities such as the Sun Peaks Bike Park and Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort.” 

Despite high speeds and a winding, gravity-fed course, the carts themselves offer precise control and a high level of safety thanks to powerful disc brakes, four-point seat belts, roll bars and padded seats. Although this new addition may loosely resemble favourite childhood go-carts, the mountain environment adds an exciting twist so a valid driver’s license will be required to enjoy the activity.

To add an element of competition, runs will be timed allowing participants to race the clock or rival friends for the fastest descent. Sun Peaks’ MCC Action Park is expected to open to the public in late June 2015, just in time for another adventure filled summer season at Interior B.C.’s largest four season resort. 

Whistler Blackcomb and Sun Peaks, Canada's Two Largest Ski Resorts Sign Reciprocal Seasons Pass Agreement

September 2, 2014  2014-15 Season Pass holders SAVE 50% off window ticket rate at each partner resort.

Whistler Blackcomb and Sun Peaks Resort are excited to announce a new reciprocal seasons pass agreement. This agreement allows 2014.15 Season Passholders to receive a discount of 50 per cent off the window ticket rate at each of the resorts, Whistler Blackcomb and Sun Peaks Resort. 

This new agreement coincides with Sun Peaks Resort’s recent announcement of adding over 500 acres of alpine terrain to become the second largest ski resort in Canada. Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America. 

“We continually look for new and exciting ways to add value for our season passholders,” says Stuart Rempel, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Whistler Blackcomb. “This is an exciting season for us with our new Whistler Village Gondola cabins and RFID access, both which will be ready to go for opening day. We look forward to welcoming Sun Peaks’ passholders to come and experience what skiing and riding in Whistler is all about.” 

The offer applies to 2014.15 Whistler Blackcomb Unlimited Season Passholders, including Whistler Blackcomb Spirit Passholders, and 2014.15 Sun Peaks Alpine Season Passholders. For Whistler Blackcomb Passholders, this offer excludes Midweek, 15-Day, Student, Graduate, and Spring Passholders. 

“We couldn’t be more excited about the agreement,” says Aidan Kelly, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sun Peaks Resort. “With our new terrain development, we saw lots of opportunity to build our relationship with Whistler Blackcomb. We wanted to add value to our existing season passholders while opening us up to additional markets. Having an alliance with Whistler Blackcomb means combining two significant resorts. We hope Whistler Blackcomb passholders take advantage of this great opportunity to explore the interior.”

Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day is November 27, 2014, and Sun Peaks’ official opening day is November 22, 2014. 

A 50 per cent discount will be applied to the current Window Ticket rate at the time of purchase and the Season Passholder must show valid photo identification along with their 2014.15 Season Pass for their respective resort partner. 

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