Thank You For a Fantastic Winter! - Season 2018/19 Photo Recap

Posted April 15, 2019

All good things must come to an end and it's hard to believe that the 2018-19 ski season is now behind us. Our closing day celebrations are always bittersweet; we hope everyone enjoyed their final turns yesterday on April 14.

As we reflect on the winter that was, we'd like to extend a big thank you to all of our season pass holders, Kamloops, international, and Canadian guests, locals, staff, and volunteers for another fantastic season here at Canada's second largest ski area!

This winter started off with big smiles all around. On November 17 we were the first ski resort in BC to open for winter 2018-19. Plenty of guests and locals joined in the fun, enjoying their first turns of the year (plus free cinnamon buns!), with Mother Nature happy to play along by providing a beautiful sunny inversion up top and stashes of fresh snow to discover.

Opening Day at Sun Peaks Resort
The very first chair of the season heads up towards the sunshine.
Opening Day at Sun Peaks Resort
Not bad for opening day!

The excitement of being the first resort to open was matched by our excitement for a brand new addition this winter: the Orient chairlift. A helicopter took to the skies in front of a cheering crowd to install the towers on December 1 and 2, before the chairlift opened to its first guests on Christmas Eve.

Installation of the Orient Chairlift at Sun Peaks Resort
Lift off! Towers for the Orient being flown out of P5 for installation.
Installation of the Orient Chairlift at Sun Peaks Resort
Each tower was assembled from the ground up.
Opening Day of the Orient Chairlift at Sun Peaks Resort
Plenty of smiling faces on opening day of the Orient chairlift.

As always, there was a stacked calendar of events throughout the season to keep the stoke going strong. Highlights included a brand new wine festival in December (Savour the Sun), our always popular New Year's Eve festivities, hosting our first ever Peak Pride, the biggest Sun Peaks Nordic Festival yet, and the return of Snowbombing Canada.

From the new year onward it turned into a bit of a challenging winter weather-wise, especially towards the end, but there was still plenty of great skiing and snowboarding to be had. Of course, we also had some nice helpings of our famous light, dry powder days for everyone to enjoy.

Relive the fun with some of our favourite photos from this past winter:

Snowy Day at Sun Peaks Resort
Firing up the Burfield chairlift on a snowy day in December.
Crystal Chairlift at Sun Peaks Resort
Sunny days on the Crystal chairlift.
Skiing with Santa at Sun Peaks Resort
As always, Santa was here to celebrate Christmas by skiing with all of you!
Powder Day at Sun Peaks Resort
Burning off those Christmas calories with a late powder present on December 27.
New Year's Eve Fireworks At Sun Peaks Resort
Kicking off the New Year with a bang!
Nordic Skiing at Sun Peaks Resort
There were many fantastic days out on the Nordic trail network too.
Powder Day at Sun Peaks Resort
Bluebird powder days during a chilly early February.
Deep Powder Day at Sun Peaks Resort
February 23 was one of the deepest days of the winter with plenty of blower powder to go around.
Ice Skating in Sun Peaks
There's always so much to explore off the slopes as well, like our NHL size outdoor skating rink.
Bluebird Banked Slalom at Sun Peaks Resort
The annual Bluebird Banked Slalom is definitely a local favourite.
Deep Powder at Sun Peaks Resort
Deeeep powder turns were again on the menu for March 7.
Peak Pride was an awesome new addition to our events calendar this year.
Peak Pride was an awesome new addition to our events calendar this year.
The Garden Rail Jam at Sun Peaks Resort
Sending it into spring at The Garden Rail Jam.
The Village at Sun Peaks Resort
Our grooming team worked hard to serve up fresh corduroy all winter long and through the warmer spring days.
The Sun Peaks Nordic Festival
The Sun Peaks Nordic Festival was a huge hit this year, with our highest ever attendance!
Snowbombing Canada at Sun Peaks Resort
Cypress Hill was one of the highlights of our third epic Snowbombing Canada festival. Photo by Timothy Nguyen.
Skiing on Mt Morrisey at Sun Peaks Resort
A snowy final week kept things rolling until our closing day on Sunday, April 14.

Are you already dreaming about next winter? Our 2019-20 Best Buy season passes will go on sale early May, so stay tuned to our website, our E-Newsletter, and our social media channels for details to be released.

There’s also a huge summer in store here in the mountains! New trails plus an extended chairlift season are on the way for the Sun Peaks Bike Park, Serena Ryder is performing a free outdoor concert, and golf season is just around the corner. The Sunburst chairlift opens for hiking and biking on Friday, June 21, with the golf course (opening late May), mountain cross carts, and the 5K Foam Fest obstacle race all providing even earlier options for summer fun in Sun Peaks.  

Thank you again to everyone who joined us this season. We look forward to welcoming you back in the warmer months or seeing you again for those amazing first turns next November!