The Low Down on the Fun Up at Sun Peaks

Vicky Bamford

Deep in the Okanagan, where you’ll find Canada’s driest snow, Sun Peaks is a fantastic all-round ski holiday destination. Designed like Whistler with convenience in mind, the terrain is diverse, making it an excellent choice whatever your ability and whoever you’re skiing with.

Many of us have visited and, regardless of where else we’ve been and what we’ve skied, Sun Peaks is top of our list for all-round fun on the slopes. Why? We asked everyone to share their absolute favourite run...

Andy K - Gil's

"The 10-minute hike to Gil's where you will see absolutely no one - if you think the lifts have no queues then imagine what the off-piste is like. It's not renowned for steep and deep, and to be honest, it's not steep, but it certainly is deep and well worth the effort of a 10-minute hike up a cat track."

Andy And Luke Hike Gil's Traverse
Andy and Luke hiking Gil's Traverse

Matt - 5 Mile

"Skiing ‘5 Mile’ on Mt Tod with the kids a couple of years ago on our tour of the Okanagan resorts - great for fast carving turns, with Katherine and Daniel cutting in and out of the trees and bumps to the side."

Matt With Catherine & Daniel on 5 Mile
Katherine and Daniel waiting for their Dad...

Claire - Mid-Life Crisis and Still Smokin'

"Early this April we arrived to new snow and I enjoyed venturing over to the Morrisey area where we spent the morning lapping the blues around the Morrisey Express. Mid-Life Crisis and Still Smokin' were addictive and it felt like we were the only people on the mountain - in the whole morning we saw just four other skiers!"

Claire on the Morrisey Express April 2018
Claire assesses the crowds over on Morrisey

James & Kirstin - Through the Village

"Sun Peaks is one of the few places where you can actually ski into the village, grab a bite to eat and a beer and ski back out again. For that reason, I can't not mention the run (with no name) through the village centre, a definite favourite!" - James

"I injured myself on the first chair up, but I can tell you all about the bars and cafes on the very easy village centre run!" - Kirstin

Village Centre Ski Run
Village Centre run

Luke & Andrea - Morrisey

"The runs over on Morrisey are easily the most fun in the whole resort if you like big, gnarly blacks in the trees - Tumble Dry, In Tatters and Static Cling to name a few..." - Luke

"Same as Luke, the gladed tree runs from the top of the Morrisey Express chair." - Andrea

Luke in the Glades off Morrisey Express
Luke taking a break in the glades

Rupert - Crystal Bowl

"Hand's down, the Crystal Bowl! Doing laps on the Crystal chair and then dropping into the bowl gives you access to some amazing terrain - hit it on a powder day and it is heaven!

Vicky - Too Many to Choose!

For myself, I couldn't choose just one. On a trip in March 2016 I had possibly one of my best ever runs floating down from Gil's Traverse:

To the left of Father Tom’s off the Burfield chair, there is a short boot hike to get to a really fun meadow which leads back out to the blue Roundabout run. Totally empty and definitely worth heading to after a snowfall...

Andy and Luke Boothike Father Toms Above Roundabout
Andy breaking the trail...

And then there was tackling the black diamond Lint Trap with my friend's daughter the next day over on Morissey - five-year-old Ily was way better than me on skis. But if you'd rather get down on something more mellow then Grand Return is super-long and very fun all the way back to base on a blue. Friends from Canmore had joined us for their first family ski holiday outside of Banff National Park and Ily considered this the most fun she’s ever had on skis, a testament to the diversity of the terrain that Sun Peaks can offer!

Vicky and Ily Head to the Blacks off Morrisey
Ily and I on Grand Return

How Much?

A 10 night ski holiday, including 9 day lift pass, staying at the 4* Sun Peaks Grand starts from £1389pp based on 2 travelling and sharing a Deluxe Room, departing on select dates in January and February 2019.

Price includes return flights, transfers and 2-for-1 lift passes. Book by 31 August. Subject to availability.

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