Sun Peaks is an amazing place to spend quality time together on the slopes as a family. If you’re heading here for Spring Break or a weekend getaway with youngsters in tow, here are our picks for the top kid friendly trails in the resort:
Everybody has to start somewhere and the dedicated beginner areas at Sun Peaks are the perfect place for your future skier or snowboarder to get their first taste of sliding on snow. Sunbeam, off the top of the Village Platter, has seen countless newcomers to winter sports take their first turns. If your little ones are just starting out then they will love turning down the gentle pitch of this trail, as well as neighbouring runs Cowabunga and Gentle Giant.
One of the best features of Sun Peaks for families is that each chairlift has a green, blue, and black run from the top, meaning families with skiers of mixed abilities can all ride the lifts together before embarking on a trail of their choice. It also means that the stunning views from higher elevations aren’t off limits to younger or less experienced skiers, thanks to our iconic 5 Mile run that winds its way down from the summit of Tod Mountain.
This long, wide, green rated run is groomed daily and fun for all abilities, providing beautiful views as you cruise from the top all the way back to the village. There are plenty of fun side hits along the way for the more adventurous young rippers. You can ski 5 Mile from the top of the Burfield and Crystal chairlifts, or start halfway from the top of the Sunburst chairlift.
Crossing over to Mt. Morrisey opens up a whole new mountain for you and your family to explore. Unique to this part of the resort are our ‘gladed groomers’ which give you the feeling of zipping through the trees without having to venture off the corduroy. The Sticks is a great example of this type of trail, which you can conquer with the whole family before moving on to the abundance of cruisy blue runs that cover half of this mountain!
Lone Fir Glades
While Mt. Morrisey is a good place for kids to get their first taste of skiing through the trees, they'll be peering deeper into the forest sooner rather than later. With a comfortable grade and plenty of open pockets between the trunks, the glades on either side of the Lone Fir runs are the perfect place to introduce your little shredders to the powder stashes hiding amongst the conifers. Cahilty glades off the top of the Sunburst chair are another good option for younger powder hounds.
Passionate park riders will head straight to our top-to-bottom Rockstar Energy Terrain Park on Sundance mountain to get their thrills, but for a more relaxed pace and shorter laps, take your little ones to the Platter Park. As you can tell from the name, the Platter Park is closer to the village and is accessed by the Village Platter lift. It provides a rotating mix of small terrain park features that are fun to session for anyone - big or small.
The Platter Park is open late until 7:00 pm on weekends and holidays, so if your kids aren’t tired out from a full day on the slopes you can let them loose on the platter while you keep a watchful eye from one of the nearby patios.
Bonus: The Ski Through Village
Okay, so we don’t count the ski-through main street of our village as an official run, but once your kids discover the ski-in, ski-out Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Sneaky Scallywags’ famous jelly bean wall, or Baby Doh’s fresh mini donuts we guarantee they’ll be clamouring to shred this particular “trail” again and again.
Don't forget, our Snow Sports School has a variety of lessons, camps, and programs suitable for children of almost any age, so you can always leave your little ones with one of our experienced instructors and enjoy some time on the slopes to yourself.