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Trail Map
Trail Map
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Conditions
Average Annual Snowfall: 220" 
Average annual hours of sunshine: 2,000
Opening/Closing Dates: November 23, 2013 to April 6, 2014
Average temperatures: 

December  -9.5ºC / 15ºF 

January  -6.7ºC / 20ºF 

February  -6.1ºC / 21ºF 

March  -3.9ºC / 25ºF 

April -1.1ºC / 30ºF

 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Driving and Flying Map

Airlines

Airport Shuttles

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Inter Resort Shuttle -- Combine your trip to Sun Peaks with other popular B.C ski destinations!
 

Lodging
Lodging

With over 7,000 beds you’ll find a wide variety of accommodation options from standard to luxury at the resort.

Book your accommodations online, or call Sun Peaks Central Reservations toll-free at 1-800-807-3257.

 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Slopeside Hotels & Lodges

 

Seven great hotel choices located in the centre of the resort. Most have kitchenettes.    

Condos & Townhomes

 

Comfortable, fully equipped units for families and groups.    
Chalets Spacious accommodations for groups from 2-40 people.    
B&Bs and Hostels Enjoy a cozy atmosphere and meet other guests.    
       

REAL ESTATE
 
 
 
DEALS
 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 
 
ACTIVITIES
Mountain Tours & Ski with Nancy Greene: Free Sun Guide Tours, daily 9:15 am and 1pm, meet in front of the Village Day Lodge.
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Equipment Rentals:Village Day Lodge for standard rentals; Elevation Ski, Bike, Board; Jardine's Sports; McSporties
SERVICES

Child Care

 

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
 
 

 

Sun Peaks
Description:

Sun Peaks resort has a little for everyone. With 3,678 acres and 2,894 vertical feet on 3 mountains, it's the second largest ski area in B.C. and the third largest in Canada. Come enjoy the best grooming in Canada paired with the best ski weather in Canada. Sun Peak averages over 2,000 hours of sunshine each year. If skiing is not your thing, or you want to take a day off from the slopes enjoy Sun Peaks other winter activities including: dogsledding, snowmobile tours and snowshoeing. Sun Peak may be known for all it's great sun and skiing, but it is not lacking in the night hours. After long days on the snow enjoy all that Sun Peak has to offer, there are plenty of pubs, restaurant, nightclubs, skating rinks and a tubing park.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma2
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts
Lifts-Total lift capacity12,000 riders per hour
Trails-1-Beginner
Trails-2-Intermediate
Trails-3-Advanced
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total124 includes glades
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest runUp to 8km (5 miles) long
General-Base elevation1190m (3930 feet)
General-Vertical drop2894
General-OwnerNippon Cable
General-Mountain rangenot in a mountain range
General-Annual skier visits325k
General-Back country accesseasy access side country
General-Total area in bounds3678 skiable acres
General-Snow making coverageonly needed early season
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Big and varied terrain, compact nice village, no crownds, reliable snow

Cons: far away from international airports

I had the opportunity to spend a whole season in Sun Peaks, skiing and joining all the winter activities possible there.

This is a very special place, an authentic mountain community with a compact nice little village and 3 different mountains to ski.

 

The terrain is not super exposed or full of cliffs, but it certainly is varied. Expect long and wide groomed runs, steep bumps, nice gladed areas and 2 powder bowls up on Tod Mt. It's the second largest ski area in BC with 3678 acres and 2894 feet vertical. Although Sun Peaks has a reputation of being an intermediates paradise, it definitely has some great advanced terrain that can be reached from Sunburst, Crystal, Burfield, and Morrisey chairs. (Sundance and west bowl are blue areas)

It gets less snow than places like Whistler or Revelstoke, but the good thing is that Sun Peaks skis pretty well even with less than a 30 inches base in the early season(few rocks), also the snow quality and preservation are pretty good well into April, since all the skiing there is above 4000 feet.

 

Usually Sun Peaks gets frequent small dumps of dry powder, and since there are virtually no lift lines and the traffic of skiers is quite low, it's easy to find powder stashes days after a storm if you know where to go.

Overall it's a very good resort, with great options of restaurants and accommodation, great skiing, reliable snow and very friendly people.

Totally recommended!

Posted

Pros: Lots of terrain, wide open, good grooming, GREAT skicky buns on the hill!

Cons: Long run outs. The slowest chairlift in the universe.

I've visited Sun Peaks several times and have had a nice time every time.  The snow, while never being epic, has always been good.  There is lots of open space and a fair amount of steeps, though you need to look around a bit to find them at first.  If you like large bumps there are plenty, but they also have lots of groomed as well.  

The Burfield chair is the slowest chair imaginable.  It's not just fixed grip slow, it's sloth slow.  The top half exposes you on a ridge and the wind can howl as you crawl along.   The chairs seem to be about 100 yards apart as well, so even though it's a quad it can get big lines.  The reason you want to use it is that it accesses some of the most fun terrain on the mountain.  The reason you hate to use it is because you'll freeze your (ahem) off and waste a huge amount of time.  It's a real problem.  There are also high speed quads and normal fixed grip lifts on other parts of the mountain, so it's not like that everywhere.

The village is a little Whistler wanna be.  The architecture is the same as at WB but it has a much more intimate vibe.  There is a great public outdoor pool and plenty for kids to do, so it's a family friendly place.  Nancy Greene of Olympic fame is seen all over the hill.  She and her husband own a hotel there and she is available to ski with.

The sticky buns at the lodge at the top of the Sunburst Express lift are the best I've ever had.  Find out when they come out of the oven and show up early because they are gone in no time.

Posted

Pros: not crowded, decent runs, friendly people

Cons: flat sections, especially Morrisey which is dominated by flats

I went to Sun Peaks occasionally between 1999-2001 as a temporary resident. I returned in March 2015 as a visitor. (Please bear in mind that 2014-15 was probably the worst snow year in ages.) A lot has changed since 2001. The "old" side of the mountain is still there, Tod Mountain, Sundance, etc. But the new side of Morrisey didn't exist back then. The village used to consist of a small handful of buildings but is now a small but friendly copy of Whistler. 

 

The skiing is very good on Tod. The best snow is usually at Crystal Bowl and surrounding areas. The runs off that top chair are short so it's like lap skiing. Further down on the Sunburst chair the snow is more variable. Sundance is great for beginners and intermediates. They have a nice gladed run there that was unfortunately closed during my visit. Our trip to Morrisey was less impressive. Snow conditions were wet that day so that probably contributed to the flats being very difficult to enjoy. If you're a snowboarder it's even worse for you. Lots of walking when you want to be riding. 

 

A lot of condos that advertise as ski in/out are actually a short hike away from the nearest trail so it's not quite the same as many places on Silver Star or Big White where it actually is ski in/out to the lifts. 

Posted

Pros: Lots of Terrain, Great Snow, Great Village, Long Runs

Cons: Power Outages

Sun Peaks is my 2nd favourite spot in BC, after Whitewater. Maybe i'm just lucky, but every time i've been there it's been puking snow. The terrain is fantastic and it's easy to find hidden stashes. The village is really cool, there's a lot to see and do. Great food, great terrain, great snow. The way to my own heart.

 

Oddly, every time i've been there the power has gone out for a short periods. Not a big deal, except when I was stuck on the lift for a while. A price i'll gladly pay again.

Posted

Pros: community, good for kids, BC

I've been here a few times and love it.  I prefer steeps, so the in bounds areas are not my favorite, but a fabulous place to learn to ski or take kids.  The BC is so fun here... and the community is impossible to beat.  The hospitality of the locals I met is yet unmatched by any resort I have been to... including my home mountain.  A must visit resort :)

Posted

Pros: Family Freindly - Everyone has Fun on the Runs

Cons: No nightlife - not many restaraunts - quaint but boreing village

Sun Peaks is definitely geared for families - especially families with young children.  They've designed the lifts and runs so an entire family can ride the lift together, and than ski down on runs that match their ability - a very unique concept. Every lift (as far as I'm aware) has Green, Blue and Black runs acccessible from the top of the lift. Not only that, but each run is very clearly marked with signs, both at the top AND bottom or the run. So, if dad wants to take the black run, mom the blue and young kids the green, you can all ride the same lift together, each take the run you want down, and tell the kids what run you'll be on and they can wait for you at the sign where the black run spills out on to the blue or green run.  Also, all runs eventually spill out close to the main base area at the bottom (expcept Burrifield).  I found that this makes it very easy to find the rest of your group after several runs on different trails.  The lodging is primarily condos and townhomes - most of which are newer and very nice - and a great bargain compared to Whistler. They also have other kid / family friendly ammenities like a kids snowmobile track, pool, outdoor ice-skating rink, etc.  The village, although very quaint, dosen't have much to offer, a few ski shops, one general store about the size of a closet, and just a few restraunts.  We live in Seattle and drive up, which takes 6 hours or more, including the stop at the Costco in Kamloops, where we load up food for our stay in the condo - the closest real grocery store to Sun Peaks is about 45 minutes out of the village - you don't want to run out of milk or beer !   A great place for families with kids, especially if you want quiet evenings to hunker down in your warm condo with hot cocoa and cookies.  If you're young, or at least feeling young, and with a group of friends - Whistler is a much better destination for the village life!  We do trips to both Whistler and Sun Peaks, they each have their own unique and distinct flavor.  We've done several trips to Sun Peaks with the kids and I would highly recommend this resort to families.

Posted

Pros: blue sky dry snow ...make everyone happy

Cons: not open all year

Live north of Seattle and took trips to Colorado resorts and we  gave up looking Mt Baker, Whistler, Montana and finally bought an old farm at the base. We go at Christmas and come home when they won't let us ride the lift anymore mid April. Three mountains and almost always rated 1st or 2nd for grooming; nice park and 50km of cross country trails, Nancy Greene will meet anyone everyday at 3 to ski with her, the Austrian Olympic team has a permanent contract for training at SP. 
Blue sky and big dumps of dry snow :-)