We headed up to Sun Peaks for MLK weekend. It's about a 6 hour drive from Seattle, tucked in the hills past Kamloops, BC. With newly added terrain, it's the 2nd biggest ski area in Canada, spread over 3 mountains with 130-ish runs and some nice open above tree line areas.
For Sun Peaks it's a warm winter (El Nino), but it's cold enough for lots of snow to have fallen. We had regular top ups of decent pow during our stay, and the place is so deserted it conceals fresh lines in the trees and up high for days. Grooming is close to Sun Valley impeccable, and there's plenty of trees and steeps to keep most people happy. There's some really superb groomed runs on Tod Mountain, and Fifth Ave is one of my fave bumps runs anywhere. Lift lines? nah ....
Static Cling and Spin Dry - steep and bumpy north facing runs dropping a 1000 feet of excellent fall line stuff
Tighten yer Boots- fabulous fun sparsely treed run which gets very little traffic
The Chute - genuinely steep with huge snow ghosts to dodge
Freddie's Nighmare and Challenger - in the trees, steep pitches, narrow gullies, trees, hardly skied,
Cruiser and Exhibition - gentle blues that turn into excellent fall line groomers for teh best part of 1300ft vertical
We stayed in the Nancy Greene lodge in the cute little village. Ski in-out, like most places there. Bottoms bar is a great apres and evening pub, and there's a small selection of restaurants and bars which are fine. This is not Whistler for sure - most places are quiet by 10pm, but it's all very charming, and the skiing is rather fine. Highly recommended.
Edited by gortonator - 1/22/16 at 9:51pm