Sun Peaks Resort Guide

The Skiing

Sun Peaks' uncrowded ski area offers a mixture of open bowls, steeps and glades on Tod Mountain, beautifully groomed cruisers on Sundance Mountain (including a 10-acre terrain park) and intermediate glades and expert bump runs on Morrisey. The well-planned trail system means that all abilities can ski down from any lift - ideal for mixed-ability groups.

The recent expansion of new lifts and terrain on Mt Morrissey and in the Gil’s area of Mt Tod opened up a further 522 acres, taking the ski area to a grand total of 4,270 acres - second only in Canada to Whistler. The new chairlift, ready for December 2018, will improve the ski-in ski-out access in the East Village and, with the addition of 39 more carriers installed on the Sundance lift, the lift capacity will increase to 13,600 skiers per hour. With a bed base at just over 5,000, you can be confident of fresh tracks and virtually no lift lines.

Take advantage of the superb terrain and ski like a local, with a local! Complimentary tours hosted by people who call Sun Peaks home run twice-daily for skiers and boarders of every ability. These tours are a fantastic introduction to skiing in the resort, complete with lots of invaluable local knowledge.

Want to ski the best? Discover our favourite runs in Sun Peaks.

 

Sun Peaks Groomer Feb 2017 © Reuben Krabbe

Ski Camps

A ski camp doesn't just help you improve your technique, it's also a great way to find the best stashes on the mountain.

All-Mountain Skills Camp

Explore the vast off-piste terrain with a professionally certified Canadian Ski Guide. With a focus on promoting safety and awareness of mountain hazards, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of terrain assessment, hazard analysis, overnight survival, as well as companion rescue with transceiver, probe, and shovel techniques. Two-day camps run Thursday to Friday, 9am to 3pm each day. Designed for intermediate to expert skiers, maximum five students per group.

Beyond the Groomers Camp

So much more than world-class groomers, Sun Peaks was developed way back in the 1960s for its steeps, glades, moguls, and powder skiing. New this season, explore over 500 acres of expanded terrain in this guided ski-improvement camp with one of their top instructors. Discover all the best stashes while developing your all-mountain skills and confidence. Three-day camps run Monday to Wednesday from 9am to 3pm each day. Designed for intermediate to expert skiers, maximum four students per group.

Call us on 01273 224064 for more information or to book.

 

Sun Peaks Off Piste Camp © Sam Egan / Cedar Line Creative

Go skiing with former Olympic Champion, Nancy Greene

She's great company and you'll get both a great orientation of the mountains and learn more about Sun Peaks... it's free and suitable for all skill levels. Tours depart most Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm from the top of the Sunburst chairlift.

Or ski with a local...

Sun Host Mountain Tours run daily at 9:15am and 1pm from slopeside between the Sunburst chairlift and the Village Day Lodge. The Sun Hosts are local skiers who just want to share their love of the resort - from their favourite hidden stashes to the best places to grab lunch.

 

Sun Peaks Instructors © Adam Stein / Sun Peaks Resort

More Skiing?

Sun Peaks has sufficient on and off-mountain entertainment for a 10-14 night ski holiday. However, easy transfer connections to Whistler, Big White and Silver Star make it ideal as part of a two-centre holiday such as the Whistler Peaks Ski Safari or the Okanagan Explorer Ski Safari.

Alternatively, why not add on a city stay with a couple of nights in Vancouver or Toronto for a dose of culture.

Activities

Sun Peaks offers an abundance of winter activities including Cat-Trax Groomer Rides, First Tracks breakfast, snowshoe tours, dog sledding and snowmobiling to name a few, or why not book a seat on the Kamloops Blazers Hockey shuttle and enjoy an evening of hockey?

 

Sun Peaks - Santa Sleigh Ride © Kelly Funk

There are plenty of activities to keep the family entertained and don’t forget to check out one of their signature events while you’re there: the annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival, Skiing with Santa, and the New Year's Eve fireworks are some of our favourites.

With so many popular activities going on each week, we recommend booking these in advance, something we can help you with at the time of booking.

Sun Peaks Activities

  • Sun Peaks Spa
  • Bungee Trampoline
  • Cat Trax Groomer Rides
  • Dog sled tours
  • First Tracks breakfast
  • Alpine Fondue dinner and starlight descent
  • Ice skating
  • Kamloops Blazers hockey games
  • Guided Ice Fishing tours
  • Snowmobile tours
  • Snowshoe rental and tours
  • Tube park
  • Fat biking
  • SkiBike
  • Snow Limo tours

We can book some of these directly for you - speak to your tour coordinator or call us on 01273 224063.

 

Elevated Fishing Adventures 2017 © Sam Egan / Cedar Line Creative

General

Childcare

The Sundance Kids Centre offers childcare for children from 18 months to 5 years old. Childminding can also be combined with ski lessons. Kids can now wrap up an exciting day on the mountain with their very own après! Weekly kids' nights are for children ages 3 - 12 years. Drop-ins are welcome for all activities but space is limited. Monday to Saturday 4:30pm-8:30pm, $30. Includes dinner and snacks.

 

Sun Peaks - Family © Sam Egan / Cedar Line Creative

Transportation

The resort provides a regular shuttle service around town. However, all the accommodation is ski-in ski-out from the resort centre and everything is easily walkable so you should rarely need to use it.

Grocery Store

Bluebird Market in the Sun Peaks Grand Residences is the main grocery store in resort and has everything you could need. Alternatively, you can use Sun Peaks Cargo Grocery Delivery Service, giving you the chance to enjoy your holiday without the hassle of having to shop. They'll pick up your shopping from Kamloops and deliver it to your door.

Weather - Sun Peaks enjoys some of the best weather in British Columbia. The resort boasts an average temperature of -5°C (23°F) which is really quite pleasant, but it can still be cold and some of the chairs are quite exposed, so layer up and make use of face masks!

 

Sun Peaks - Village Stroll © Kelly Funk

Bars and Restaurants

Sun Peaks has more than 20 diverse and unique bars and restaurants serving up authentic Canadian dishes. From grab-and-go poutine to Elk Wellington and Bison Burgers at the Voyageur Bistro, you will find something to satisfy any palette. Our top recommendations include the newly renovated Cahilty Creek Kitchen & Taproom with 16 taps and local craft beers or The Steakhouse at the Sun Peaks Lodge offering house cuts of 100% Canadian beef and the Mountain of Ribs!

We also recommend:

  • Masa’s Bar and Grill - a firm favourite amongst the locals with great daily specials
  • Oya Restaurant - for all the sushi lovers, fantastic Japanese cuisine
  • Bolacco Café - our favourite for coffee, but be sure to try the hot banana bread
  • Joe Poutine - a Canadian staple, also serving hot dogs and ice cream. Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options available.

For a full list of places to eat please see the Sun Peaks Dining Guide.

 

Sun Peaks Apres © Kelly Funk

Après-Ski

  • Morrisey’s Public House - an Irish bar that is always popular with the locals
  • Bottoms Bar & Grill - a Ski Safari favourite with good food, excellent beer and a lively atmosphere
  • The Cahilty Creek Kitchen & Tap Room - the perfect place to stop for a slopeside drink on the way home

Maps

Resort Map

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Trail map

Resort Map route map

Resort Stats

Season
November to April
Nearest airport
Kamloops
Direct flight
No, 1 stop only
Transfer time
45 minutes
Transport
Transfer or car hire
Elevation
7,060 ft
Vertical drop
2,894 ft
Avg snowfall
18 ft
Ski area
4,200+ acres
Ski lifts
13
Runs
135 including 16 gladed areas
Grade
10% beginner 58% intermediate 24% advanced 8% expert
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