Sun Peaks offers the earliest scheduled winter opening of any resort in British Columbia. This is what you can expect.
This is the month that winter-sports enthusiasts start to get antsy. Can you blame us? Ski gear suddenly starts to appear in living rooms. Swap line-ups are filled with chatter about season passes. You even start to see passes proudly displayed on jackets in the grocery store. We’re ready for the season!
For some, there’s still a long wait ahead. But for Sun Peaks, opening day arrives a little bit sooner. Here’s why people are adding the resort, located 55 kilometres east of Kamloops, to their early-season list.
Earliest scheduled opening in BC
Year-after-year, Sun Peaks takes claim of the earliest scheduled opening in British Columbia and this winter season is no different. Set to have the lifts turning on Saturday, Nov 23, visitors to Canada’s second largest ski area will get to hit the slopes five days before other resorts in the province. The bragging rights alone are worth the short drive.
Located in the interior of BC, the drier climate and average temperatures result in consistent, early season snowfall that is featherlight and stays for the season.
Summer prep for a flawless foundation
The Sun Peaks Mountain Operations team doesn’t waste time when it comes to preparing for their biggest season. Sun Peaks has a year-round maintenance plan that helps create those perfectly groomed runs. That plan includes removing vegetation, grading, and adding water bars to prevent erosion during the off-season. This creates a fantastic base for their fleet of winter groomers and results in better early season ski conditions.
This year, Sun Peaks is adding two new groomers to their fleet to keep the corduroy pristine.
Escape the crowds
Sun Peaks boasts 4,270 acres of ski terrain spread across three mountains. There is plenty of room to play at this ski area that is uniquely designed to keep lift lines to a minimum. The three mountains surround the Tyrolean-style, ski-through village which makes it easy for skiers and boarders to get from mountain to mountain. So, go ahead and enjoy having a run to yourself anytime of the season.
Loads to experience off the slopes
Don’t worry if your best mate is limited to pizza-turns. Sun Peaks has lots of festive fun scheduled both on and off the slopes this season. Early season events include the Après and Ales (Nov 23), Savour the Sun Mountain Wine Festival (Dec 5-8), Holiday Kick-Off Weekend (Dec 14-15) and New Year’s Eve Celebrations (Dec 31) to finish off 2019. The long list of winter activities includes some off-hill gems like dog sled tours, ice fishing, Nordic skiing and fat bike rentals, so everyone in your party can enjoy their trip.
After a busy day, it’s time to après! Enjoy the convenient village sans car and check out the many pubs and restaurants with craft beer on tap, cider and BC wine offerings.
Pack your bags for early season accommodation
Early season accommodation is relatively easy to find in Sun Peaks and won’t break the bank. The resort has six hotels right in its village and an assortment of ski-in, ski-out condos, townhomes and chalets. Room rates for this season start as low as $149 per night. Learn more.