Opening Day powder

Posted November 20, 2017

As the wait for the ski and snowboard season entered its final days last week it was clear something special was brewing in Sun Peaks. While the snow continued to fall and our teams were hard at work to prepare for the big day, anticipation was growing amongst locals and guests alike. Teased by the snow-covered peaks of Tod, Sundance, and Morrisey on all sides of our cozy village, it soon became apparent that this year’s winter opening day could be one for the books.

Boy, was it ever! As the first hint of sunrise warmed the sky on Saturday, November, 18, it revealed a huge selection of trails on all three of our mountains, plus 100% of our Nordic trails, ready to roll - an unprecedented amount of terrain for opening day. By 5:00am the coveted first chair on the Sunburst chairlift had been claimed, with the promise of fresh powder and immaculate corduroy the prize of the victors. Soon the front of the line at Sundance and Morrisey were also filled- a triple dose of first chair joy.

First chair on the Sunburst chairlift
First chair on the Sunburst was claimed in the early hours.

The excitement built. The clock ticked down. The ropes dropped. And so began the best opening day in the history of Sun Peaks Resort.

We’ve collected our favourite photos from Saturday for you to relive all the fun.

Excitement in the lift line
Eagerly awaiting the first turns of winter.
Cooking breakfast in line
Breakfast anyone?
Chairlift ride
There was plenty of stoke as guests took their first ride of the winter.
Snowboard powder turn
Everyone's patience was quickly rewarded. Taken on Blazer.
View from Ridge
With all three mountains open there was plenty of room to explore. Taken on Munro Ridge.
Nordic Trails on Opening Day
The Nordic trails were also looking spectacular.
The Annex
Newly renovated, The Annex (formerly Bento's Day Lodge) patiently waited for its first guests.
Fresh snow on Spillway
There was no shortage of fresh lines to be found on opening day. Taken on Spillway.
Lunch time at The Annex
Lunch time in The Annex.
Skiing on Sundance
We've missed these winter views from Grannie Greene's. 
Apres and Ales
Swapping shred stories at the annual Après and Ales after-party was the best way to end an amazing opening day. 

Well, the first weekend of the season is officially in the books and winter 2017/18 is off to an amazing start. Thank you to everyone who joined us for an epic opening on Saturday, November 18 and we’ll see you again soon.

Mark your calendars, our annual High Five Day is coming up on Monday, December 4. Just $5 and a non-perishable donation to the Kamloops Food Bank will get you a whole day on the slopes!