Sun Peaks Story Starters help you uncover what makes Sun Peaks… Sun Peaks. Whether you are intrigued by our mountain lifestyle, captivated by our charming alpine village, curious about the personalities who call Sun Peaks home, or yearning to discover the foundations from which Sun Peaks has grown, we want to be sure you have the inside scoop to share Sun Peaks with your audience.
Sun Peaks is a resort community located in the interior of British Columbia. Located just 45 minutes from Kamloops, it is the second largest ski area in Canada and a year-round destination for guests in search of a welcoming, accessible, stress-free mountain experience. Consistently recognized as one of the top ski resorts in North America, thanks to its massive terrain and confidence inspiring design, Sun Peaks offers a European-style ski-in, ski-out, pedestrian village with locally-owned and operated shops, restaurants and lodging. Spring, summer and fall offers guests a wide range of leisure activities, featuring an 18-hole, par 72 Graham Cooke-designed golf course, a lift-accessed downhill mountain bike park, cross-country mountain biking, alpine hiking trails, and a year-round line up of concerts, events and festivals. Sun Peaks has been recognized for its environmental policies and practices, as the first resort in North America and the only resort in Canada to earn the ISO 14001 designation for environmental management. Sun Peaks can be accessed from airport gateways in Kamloops (45 minutes) and Kelowna (2.5 hours), and by car, with only a four-hour drive separating Sun Peaks from Vancouver, B.C.
Get bendy, then get sendy
Calm your mind and prepare your body before a day in the Bike Park at Sun Peaks. Attend a drop- in class at the newly opened Sun Peaks Yoga studio where you’ll be joined by local yogis. Or, book a Yoga Bike Private Clinic where you’ll enjoy a mountain top yoga session before hitting the Progression Park and lift-access trails with your instructor.
Road-trippin' close to home
Fun summer activities, fresh mountain air, and plenty of nature are just some of the reasons to add Sun Peaks to your summer road trip through British Columbia. Located just off Highway 5 near Kamloops, this quaint, alpine village is easily accessible and offers a tranquil escape from the crowds to complement any journey within BC. Sun Peaks has plenty of space for you to enjoy safely, whether it be on foot, on wheels or water!
Has a Western Canada Ski Safari always been on your bucket list? Sun Peaks has joined the renowned lineup of resorts in the Mountain Collective for the 2020/21 season! The Mountain Collective features five Canadian Resorts and includes 2 days in each destination – Sun Peaks, Revelstoke, Panorama, Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise. Sun Peaks season passholders also receive the extra benefit of 50% of at these destinations.
Family fun in sun peaks
The cost of a family summer holiday can often add up quickly, but in Sun Peaks, there is a variety of free activities and weekly specials the whole family will enjoy! Running through to August 14th, families can enjoy FREE kid-friendly activities, Monday to Friday, during Family Weeks. Family Weeks highlights include: bungee trampoline, science shows, pony rides, mini golf and more! And parents won't want to miss these opportunities to swing a club with their budding golf pro. This summer, The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort is offering weekly specials including Kids Golf Free and Family Nights. Visit Sun Peaks for Families on the Sun Peaks website for more information.
Arts and Culture continue to grow in Sun Peaks
When arts and culture enthusiast Marj Knive moved to Sun Peaks in 2017, she decided to join Sun Peaks ArtZone, an organization that celebrates arts and culture. Marj encouraged ArtZone to host a re-Imagining workshop, helping re-shape ArtZone to its fullest potential. The workshop created vitality and increased diversity within the organization, connecting with local community members and businesses. ArtZone has since introduced several art workshops and high-profile events including the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival. Marj now sits on the board of the Sun Peaks Arts Society as President.
Snow-mageddon! Pow-pocalypse! Storm of the decade!
Sometimes the hyperbole around winter storms can seem a bit much, but here in Sun Peaks we’re struggling to find the right words to describe the record-breaking snowfall that has kicked off the year 2020. Read more about our amazing pow we've received.
Test your swing on British Columbia's highest elevation golf course
The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort welcomes guests to test their swing on the 18-hole, 72-par Graham Cooke designed course. At 1,200 metres above sea level, it is British Columbia’s highest elevation course, offering golfers of every level the serenity of panoramic views, fresh mountain air and even the chance of meeting Sun Peaks wildlife on the links. This season, the kids golf free special has expanded, inviting golfers 18 years and under to play for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
elate your taste buds: a recipe for history buffs
For locals and guests alike, Sun Peaks cinnamon buns have been a staple in the ski day for many years. Their sweet aroma wafts through the fresh mountain air to alert those skiing past that it is time for a morning coffee break, while those in the know are already waiting in line as the buns come out of the oven. The recipe was first introduced by Sandra Hudson, who joined the two-person bakery team at Tod Mountain’s Burfield Lodge in the late 1980’s. Over the years, new bakers have attempted to add their own special touch to the sticky bun recipe. With each attempt, there has been criticism from the masses, demanding the return of the original recipe.
Modest in her words, Hudson admits she kind of “winged it” in an effort to impress her mother-in-law, a baker and cinnamon bun aficionado. Now, 30 years later, Hudson finds it hard to believe the recipe remains coveted in the kitchens of Sun Peaks’ slopeside food and beverage outlets for guests to enjoy through the winter season.
for the love of perfect corduroy: grooming requires year-round planning
While the appreciation of groomed runs from skiers is common knowledge, many are unaware of the year-round planning, maintenance and precision that goes into mastering the art of a perfectly groomed run. In Sun Peaks, unique grooming practices have been developed and because of this, Sun Peaks sees great early season skiing conditions.
As new runs are planned and old runs are scheduled for maintenance, the skier experience is the number one priority for the Sun Peaks Mountain Operations team as they prepare the ground for winter grooming. During the off-season, vegetation is removed, the ground is carefully graded and water bars are put in place to collect rain during the summer months to prevent erosion. Once the groundwork is complete, Sun Peaks’ trail crew works through the summer to ensure a flawless foundation for the experienced winter grooming team to create the masterpiece.
Holiday traditions - a family affair
The holiday season is filled with traditions. For many locals and returning guests, Sun Peaks' New Year's Eve celebrations have become the hallmark. For over 20 years, family and friends have gathered at the top of the Sundance lift, joining 200 fellow skiers and riders to light up the mountain on their final decent of the year.
heli ski prep program
Sun Peaks Resort is conveniently located amid some of the finest heli and cat-skiing destinations in the world! Warm-up and fine tune your powder skiing technique in Sun Peaks legendary Gil's terrain while developing the necessary backcountry skills before your heli or cat skiing destination. Beyond the Groomers and Introduction to Backcountry camps teach invaluable skills such as avalanche awareness, companion rescue, tree wells and backcountry hazard recognition while exploring Sun Peaks vast off-piste terrain with a certified Canadian Ski Guide
Guided Ice Fishing
Enjoy the winter sunrise, some mid-day blue skies or a stunning sunset out on the hard water on a fully guided ice fishing adventure with Elevated Fishing Adventures. Join your local guide Campbell for a uniquely Canadian experience on one of the many mountain lakes surrounding Sun Peaks and try your hand at catching a few of the hard-fighting and great tasting wild Rainbow Trout. Everything from pick-up to drop-off is provided including door-to-door transportation to and from the lake, a heated ice fishing tent, a hot beverage and all the fishing gear you need. But the most valuable part is the knowledge of an experienced guide, making it easy for anyone to learn as they go with absolutely no experience required. With a little luck and a little skill, you could take home some fish for the frying pan.
Why walk when you can ski
When the Sun Peaks Education Society first formed in 2010, they set out with visions of building a school for the children of Sun Peaks. But it was not just about building a school, it was a steadfast goal to create the ‘most stimulating educational experience in B.C. to children in a spectacular mountainside community.’
The inaugural year saw 18 students from kindergarten to grade 5, supported by an Open Learning teacher and many volunteers, pass through the doors of Sun Peaks’ first local school. In the 8 years since, this extraordinary education opportunity has seen significant growth with approximately 135 students enrolled across two schools from kindergarten to grade 12 for 2018-2019.
Now in partnership with the local school district, Sun Peaks Elementary offers a not-so-traditional learning opportunity to students up to grade 7, including a ski-in/ski-out school where students arrive via the Village Platter lift. For older students, Sun Peaks Secondary Academy provides a unique schooling model, focused on BC curriculum in the classroom while continuing to encourage a healthy outdoor lifestyle for students to take away with them after grade 12.
With perks including a four-day school week, Friday’s free for ski club training, and PE classes on the slopes, it is no wonder this mountainside school continues to draw attention and attract more young families looking to lay roots in a true mountain town.
Sharing excellence in skiing
Possessing a superior Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA) training program and outstanding reputation, it is not surprising that Sun Peaks’ Sports School has the opportunity to hand-select instructors from the hundreds of applications they receive every winter.
Eager new instructors don’t just flock from Canada. Sun Peaks Sports School also welcomes aspiring international instructors through partner organizations such as Wintersports (UK) and Snowminds (Denmark). During the 2017-2018 season alone, approximately 140 students completed their Level 1 CSIA training in Sun Peaks. Select students then moved on to join the Sports School to teach their new trade alongside seasoned CSIA instructors hailing from 15 different countries and offering lessons in 11 languages. From foundational skills on the beginner slopes, right up to off-piste and backcountry skills, the Sports School truly caters to the full spectrum of skiers and boarders.
Did you know? Selected as one of Canada’s top 10 ski instructors, Luc Neron, a ski instructor at Sun Peaks Resort, will be travelling to Pamporovo, Bulgaria in March 2019 as a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) Interski Team. The Interski Congress, held every four years, brings together the top instructors from skiing nations around the world for workshops, demonstrations and discussions focused on the betterment of snow sport instruction. Read more
Nancy's Dream Fund: Helping young athletes reach their dreams
On February 15, 2018, Sun Peaks Resort announced a new fundraising initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nancy Greene’s Olympic gold medal win. Nancy’s Dream Fund will ensure that promising young athletes have equal opportunity to reach their dreams and not be limited by the costs associated with competitions and training camps. Nancy, who has called Sun Peaks home for over two decades, has always expressed the importance of community support for young athletes. Her gratitude for the community of Rossland, BC, where Nancy began her skiing career, is well-known. The donations raised through community efforts allowed Nancy to reach the next level in her skiing career and ultimately, win Olympic gold.
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