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Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks Ski Resort Guide

Sun Peaks, Canada

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,080m
Resort Height1,260m
 Nearest AirportsKamloops and Kelowna
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Sun Peaks

One of the largest ski areas in Canada with light, dry powder spread across three unique mountains. Experience high quality ski in / ski out accommodation.

Summary

The Canadian ski resort of Sun Peaks is at an altitude of 1,260m.

Sun Peaks has direct access to 80 marked pistes, served by a total of 6 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,080m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Sun Peaks?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Sun Peaks.

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Ski Area Stats

Sun Peaks Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
39
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
65
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
18
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
13
Cross Country
Total Length
40km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
6

Altitudes

Sun Peaks Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,080m
Lowest Piste1,260m
Resort Altitude (Sun Peaks)1,260m
Max Vertical820m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Sun Peaks
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Sun Peaks Overview

Sun Peaks has grown rapidly to become one of Canada and the world's leading resorts. The resorts has expanded dramatically over the past decade with more than $500m invested, strengthening its appeal as the major four-season destination resort in the interior of British Columbia. With around 4,000 acres of terrain, this is now Canada's third largest ski area.

The resort has built its reputation on a combination of first class service, state-of-the-art facilities at the base of the mountain, superb skiing over a large ski area - now covering three mountains - blessed with an average 559cm (220 inches) of light dry powder in an average winter and somehow finding time to fit in 2000 hours of sunshine annually too. Much of the resort itself is brand new and all the lodging is slopeside too.

Investments have included lift and trail development on Sun Peaks third mountain (Mt. Morrissey) with over 500 acres of skiable terrain added, bringing the total skiable terrain to around 3,700 acres - second only in British Columbia to Whistler. The continuing investment is part of a master plan to eventually combine five skiable mountains, a full-facility resort village and 21st Century resort technology with a diverse list of four-season recreational, educational and entertainment facilities

Sun Peaks was originally called Tod Mountain when it was established in 1961. The resort was purchased by Nippon Cable in 1992, and renamed as part of an extensive resort development plan. The main ski mountain remains 'Tod Mountain'. The name Tod came from a famous fur trader, John Tod, who was a chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company in the early 1840's.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Sun Peaks is 8km long and the most difficult run is the 'Challenger', which is 2km in length.

Skiing

Sun Peaks has three mountains to enjoy. The original and highest is Tod, which offers a wide range of runs above and below the treeline. There's something for everyone, from fast long blue and green cruisers up to steep sharp blacks like Bluff, Intimidator and the 2km (1.25 mile) long Challenger; with everything in between, particularly glades. The trails are served by a high speed chairlift network and Sun Peaks has a reputation for immaculate slope grooming.

The top of the mountain has open bowl skiing and there's back country cat skiing just over the ski area boundary. Next to Tod sits Sundance Mountain, home to some of the best groomed runs and terrain parks for children and beginners.

The resort opened its third mountain, Mt. Morrisey, for the 2001-2 season. Mt. Morrisey's 1378ft / 420 m vertical compares favourably with Sundance Mountain across the valley and offers spectacular vistas of Top of the World Mountain at 6824ft / 2080m. Mostly north facing, Morrisey is already famous for its dry powder and glade or tree skiing. Skiers and riders can enjoy the thrill of descending through open forests, but on groomed pitches a treat traditionally reserved for advanced enthusiasts.

In order to make the most of this huge choice you may wish to take a free tour of the mountain first thing in the morning or after lunch with Sun Guides; you also have the opportunity to ski with Canadian Olympic Champion Nancy Greene.

Sun Peaks is also one of the world's few speed skiing centres. Racers use The Headwall track which is fully accessible by two chairlifts with a mid-mountain restaurant next to the finish area for viewing. The track is a steep technical speed course on which racers go from zero km/h to 170 km/h in 8 to 10 seconds.

If you like your skiing a little slower and flatter, check out the 40km of groomed cross country trails.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

There are three terrain parks at Sun Peaks. The parks are accessed off the Sundance Chair. One beginner, one intermediate, one advanced

Location and Map

Where is Sun Peaks?

This ski resort is in Thompson-Nicola P, Thompson-Nicola, Canada.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Sun Peaks is Kamloops, 63 minutes drive away.

Kelowna airport is also within three hours drive.

Kamloops is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The six ski lifts are able to uplift 7,263 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 3km of ski runs, with 21 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Sun Peaks open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Sun Peaks, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Sun Peaks Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Sun Peaks

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Aprés Ski

The resort has a selection of bars and restaurants, mostly centred on the main hotel complexes.

The resort's nightclub, Club Mackdaddy's, was awarded Best New Night Club Sound System in North America by the National Association of Music Merchants at the International Trade Show in Anaheim, California. Scott McDonnell, part owner of the new club said Our Jazz and Blues nights are when you can really appreciate the systems quality. The 1.2 million dollar night club is located in the Delta Sun Peaks Resort.

Sun Peaks also has a weekly events calendar which includes activities which include casino night, bonfires and torchlit descents.

Sun Peaks