Summer is Here! Chairlift Opening Weekend Photo Recap

It's on! On Friday, June 21, 2019, the Sunburst chairlift and Progression Park carpets started rolling to kick-off another season of lift-access summer fun in Sun Peaks. 

The stoke was particularly high for mountain bikers as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sun Peaks Bike Park this summer. Friday was their first chance to catch a glimpse of some of the brand new trails we've been building with partners Lifetime Outdoor over the spring. With rain the day before giving way to glorious sunshine for opening day, perfect dirt was waiting at the top of the lift and we spied plenty of smiling faces among those on two wheels.

Hikers also took advantage of the sunny day on Friday as they explored the alpine trails and enjoyed the wildflowers that are already starting to bloom (early this year!). Elsewhere in the resort golfers were teeing off, the Mountain Spirit Festival and Nancy Greene's Little Big Golf Challenge were in full swing, and people were enjoying the plethora of summer activities on offer in Sun Peaks.

Here's a look at how the weekend fun unfolded:

2019 Opening Day of the Sun Peaks Bike Park
Counting down until 10:00am and first chair.
Bike Park First Chair 2019
The groms were keen and got in line nice and early.
Bike Park First Chair
20 years of the Bike Park, 10 years of local legend Jase Petersen snagging first chair.
Bike Park First Chair
The first chair of summer 2019, heading up for some shredding!
Lift-Access Hiking at Sun Peaks Resort
Tons of hikers joined us for the weekend too!
Bike Park Chairlift
Judging by the number of little shredders in the lift line, there were a few empty classrooms in Sun Peaks on opening day.
Stand Up Paddleboarding at Sun Peaks Resort
Down the hill a bit, participants in the Mountain Spirit Festival were exploring at a more serene pace. 
Lift and a Lager at Sun Peaks Resort
Saturday's Lift and a Lager at Sunburst Lodge is always a popular part of chairlift opening weekend.
Celebrating 20 Years of the Sun Peaks Bike Park
Happy birthday Bike Park. Here's to another 20!
Lift and a Lager at Sun Peaks Resort
Plenty of bikers and hikers took us up on the offer of a complimentary beer from Granville Island Brewing to cap off their day on the trails.
Muddy Bikes at Sun Peaks Bike Park
After Friday's sunshine, the rain returned on and off throughout the rest of the weekend. It just added to the fun!
Slopeside Yoga at Sun Peaks Resort
Slopeside yoga was a highlight for those attending the Mountain Spirit Festival.
Mountain Biking at Sun Peaks Bike Park
Riders got a preview of sections of the new trails directly under the chairlift.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the opening weekend of the Bike Park and hiking! We hope you had an awesome time and we look forward to seeing you throughout the summer.

Coming up next is the Canada Day Long Weekend, jam packed with entertainment and activities in the village. Highlights include the Mountain of Beer and Chili Cook-Off, shows by the Laughing Loggers, tons of free activities for families, live music, and much, much more. See you up here!

All photos taken June 21 and 22, 2019.