I've had a PM this fall from someone who,after reading my unofficial guide to Sun Peaks, has decided to spend the winter at SP. Oh no.
Not to worry though as SP is not on this Top 10 list. However the Burfield chair at SP is located about 2 miles from the SP Village and is at the top of the list of least crowded quad chairlifts in N.A. At over 10,000 feet long, the slow 22 minute ride from bottom to top scares off most visitors, who ride the Burfield chair once and never return. The shortest run from the top of the Burfield to the bottom is well over 2 miles long.
My M.O. on a powder day is to start from the SP Village, ski a bunch of powder runs while riding the high speed detachable chairs, then around 10 or 10:30 head to the Burfield and bag a bunch more powder runs where I am 1st or 2nd or 3rd down a bunch more runs, all black or double black diamond. It is almost like there are two different resorts, the one with all the amenities, a ski through village with 7 hotels, bars, restaurants and shops, and lots of other activities and then there is the Burfield side of the mountain, a seemingly private resort with a 1970s vibe including the most apply named run on the mountain which leads skiers from MT. Morrisey over to the Burfield base, called "Back In Time".
And then there is Castle Mountain in southern Alberta, the greatest mountain in N.A, that you have never heard of. (I think I have already posted about Castle in this thread but I haven't reread the thread) According to the guy who plows the parking lot, he is one of 130 associates who own the mountain and who do not want to see any increase in the 90k annual skier visits. This is not enough skiers to make the place profitable but they also own the water and sewer system and the fees paid by the people with private homes, cabins and town houses on site make up the financial short fall. Now that you have read this paragraph, I am required to kill you or at least get you to swear to Castle Secrecy and vow never to ski there.
Ive read a lot about Castle and in terms of terrain it has everything I could want. But for someone, like me, traveling from a great distance and booking in advance the fickle snow would be quite a risk and is what deters many I'm sure. If I lived in Calgary, I would go there after every decent dump and also after it snowed. Im surprised more people don't.