Learning a new sport can be intimidating, but Sun Peaks has made it easy for beginners to take up cross-country skiing (also known as Nordic skiing). Offering rentals, lessons, a well-defined trail network, and more takes the guessing game out of it so that you can enjoy more time on skinny skis. Read on for some tips specifically for new cross-country skiers in Sun Peaks.
Get Equipped with Rentals
Nordic skiing requires a set of equipment that is unique and different than downhill ski gear. With a fully equipped rental shop in the Sun Peaks Nordic Centre, along with cross-country rental offerings in the village, you’ll be able to get properly kitted out with skis, boots, and poles. Rentals are a great opportunity to try the activity out first without investing in brand new gear. You will first need to decide what type of cross country skiing you would like to try. Classic skiing is often easier for beginners while skate skiing can be more physically and technically demanding.
Sign up for a Lesson
If it’s your first time Nordic skiing, then a lesson is highly recommended. Sun Peaks has a team of Nordic instructors able to give helpful direction to those who are brand new to the sport. Take your pick from either private or group lessons and choose your technique – skate or classic.
Nordic skiing is a very physical activity, and it’s easy to get warm quickly so wearing your downhill gear is not recommended. Wearing multiple, lightweight, layers of clothing is key in order to not overheat while out on the trails. Sun Peaks has several clothing shops in their pedestrian-only village if you need to pick up some new layers before heading out.
Check the Grooming Status & Trail Map
Sun Peaks offers real-time Nordic trail grooming status, as well as a daily grooming report, so you’ll know exactly what kind of conditions to expect before you go. Plan your route out and study the Nordic map for a seamless trip. The variety of green routes make for a fun variety for beginners.
Tip: Stride your way across Cottontail or Vista if it’s your first time Nordic skiing. These trails are perfect for first timers!
Get Unlimited Practice In
If you get hooked on Nordic skiing, then pick up an affordable season pass to have full access to Sun Peaks’ 34 kilometers of trails for the rest of the winter season. Season passes make it easy to pick up and go whenever is most convenient to you. You’ll be striding along in no time!
Relax at the McGillivray Lake Outpost
Take a mid-day rest and kick your feet up at the cozy wood-heated McGillivray Lake Outpost. Located amongst the network of Nordic trails, this cabin is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and relax for a bit before heading back out on the trails.
Bring Lots of Fuel
It is important to have lots of snacks and water when you head out on the Nordic trails for the first time. If you need a quick pick-me-up head into the Sun Peaks village and grab a snack to-go from one of the various cafés or markets. Nordic skiing burns lots of calories so you will want to replenish after your ski as well!
Make a Weekend of it
Spend a full weekend perfecting your technique on the Sun Peaks Nordic trails and book yourself in for a night in the mountains. The trails are conveniently nestled next to the main village and the eastern townhomes, making it easy to get lots of practice in.