Best Sun Peaks News, Updates & Special Offers

Check this Best Sun Peaks News page often for updates about Sun Peaks Resort or for special offers and trip advice when planning a Sun Peak Resort vacation any time of year.

Special offers are also added regularly to our Best Sun Peaks Facebook page so please Like, Share, and contribute information to our interactive Best Sun Peaks website and Facebook page.

We are also @bestsunpeaks on twitter and #bestsunpeaks on Instagram - please follow along for up-to-date Sun Peaks News.

Also check out Sun Peaks Vacation Rentals Direct From Owners for best prices on Sun Peaks accommodation.

        Save on Sun Peaks Alpine or Nordic Lift Passes & Equipment Rentals

Get your Best Sun Peaks lift pass prices and equipment rental prices by booking online and in advance with Liftopia.  Ski and snowboard equipment rental packages include standard and high-performance packages and are available at over 250 resorts world-wide.

Save up to 40% on single-day or multi-day prices at Sun Peaks, and even at many other resorts throughout the world.

Prices are dynamic and will increase the closer you are to your holiday, based on supply and demand - so book early!

Book online and then pick-up in person once you arrive - click our Best Sun Peaks Lift Prices link for more information, or the Liftopia link on the left hand side of this and every page to check out the best pricing on tickets and equipment rentals.

        Two New Sun Peaks Winter Activities To Enjoy

Go fast or go slow - you choose with these two exciting new Sun Peaks winter activities to choose from.

Give Sun Peaks Ski Biking a try - a cross between downhill skiing and mountain biking, this is a perfect way to get an adrenaline-rush for those who perhaps can't ski for whatever reason, want to take a break from skiing, or just want to try one of the newest winter sports to hit the slopes.  Take the instruction session and then go explore on a guided tour of the mountains.

Thinking something a little slower?  How about something distinctly Canadian - Sun Peaks Ice Fishing.  Guided adventures to nearby Heffley Lake or McGillivray Lake to catch a delicious rainbow trout that are hiding under the ice.  Catch one, have it prepared by your guide, and fry it up fresh back in your Sun Peaks Vacation Rental.

Can't choose and want to experience something new and exciting while at Sun Peaks?  Then try both! 

        Discounted Early Season Sun Peaks Vacation Rentals 

What an amazing opening weekend for the 2017/18 ski season at Sun Peaks Resort!  All 3 mountains were open and the runs were in fantastic early-season condition.  There were so many happy skiers, visitors, and employees and the smiles were so cantagious!

We stocked and decorated our Stone's Throw condo and Trapper's Landing townhouse, and as a season opening special, we are offering BestSunPeaks guests a 10% discount on any remaining 2017 dates on our Sun Peaks Vacation Rentals.  And with no booking fee, guests are saving up to 20%.

This Timberline Village Vacation Rental also has November and December specials.

Come enjoy some turns and enjoy the beautiful views and fresh mountain air!

        Gifts For Skiers and Snowboarders

Just in time for the 2017/18 ski season and holiday gift-buying season is a huge selection of ski & snowboard gift related items, including:

- ski and snowboard hoodies, sweatshirts and jackets

- ski and snowboard t-shirts

- ski and snowboard wall decals

- ski and snowboard car window decals/stickers

- ski and snowboard jewelery

- ski and snowboard phone cases

- canvas wall signs and pictures

- ski and snowboard related glassware, coffee mugs, water bottles and more

- ski and snowboard related posters

- ski and snowboard cushion/pillow covers

and so much more!

Also available are custom metal signs & decor items, custom wood signs & decor items, custom vintage ski signs, custom ski and cabin decor items.

        Best Sun Peaks Fall and Winter Activities and Accommodation Specials

Fall hike on Mt. MorriseyFall hike on Mt. Morrisey

There is still time to enjoy some wonderful fall activities at Sun Peaks before the snow covers everything and winter activities begin.

We spent Thanksgiving Day hiking up to the snow line and beyond on  Mt. Morrisey and enjoyed some beautiful views and fresh air.  

You can still visit some of the local wineries and craft brewpubs down in Kamloops - tours from Sun Peaks can be arranged.

Horse trail rides or private carriage rides around Sun Peaks can be arranged.

Arrange for some wonderful, relaxing Sun Peaks Spa time.

Check out the other local retailers (support our local businesses and restaurants) who are busy getting ready for another great ski season.

And lots more - come on up to relax, unwind, enjoy a private hot tub and de-stress!

Enjoy 10% off fall accommodation in our Trapper's Landing townhouse or Stone's Throw condo - limited time offer - ask for details.  Book direct and save this 10% and don't pay the 10% booking fees.

          New Sun Peaks Restaurants and Bars

New in Sun Peaks for the 2017/18 ski season is a cool little eatery called Joe Poutine that will be vying for the title of Best Sun Peaks poutine!  In addition to the traditional French Canadian comfort food comprised of French fries, cheese curds, and gravy (delicious if not healthy!), they will be offering unique varieties of poutine, as well as burgers, hot dogs, meat pies, and homemade gelato.  They are located in the Hearthstone Lodge, between Mountain High Pizza (Best Sun Peaks pizza) and Bella Italia.

And with new names, décor and menus, the multi-million dollar expansion of popular Sun Peaks Resort restaurants will be ready and open for winter season as well:

The newly expanded Bentos Day Lodge has been re-branded as the Annex Food + Drink, and will offer a casual dining restaurant with a newly developed breakfast, snack and lunch menu, as well as a new bar now for enjoying other types of refreshments.

The newly expanded Sunburst Lodge has been re-branded as the Sunburst Bar + Eatery, and will offer more space (and also now a full service bar) to enjoy mid-mountain breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and of course, the Best Sun Peaks cinnamon buns!

The Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill has also been renovated and re-branded with the name Cahilty Creek Kitchen & Taproom and will re-open with a focus on craft beers & spirits.  Partnering with local distillery Okanagan Spirits, they will offer local BC gin, whiskey, vodka and liqueurs, and will have 16 draft taps to keep beer lovers happy.

Hopefully with the expanded spaces and bars, the line-ups at popular lunch and apres-ski places like Masa’s and Bottoms won’t be so long!!

        Timberline Village - Sun Peaks Vacation Rental By Owner Now Available

New on Best Sun Peaks vacation rentals is this Sun Peaks Timberline Village townhouse with new, caring owners and is new to the Sun Peaks accommodation rental pool in the fall of 2017. It offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,200 square feet of living space and can sleep up to a maximum of 8 people.

Visitors to Sun Peaks can now save an average of 10% by booking direct with the owners in popular Sun Peaks owner vacation rentals like:

- Trapper's Landing

- Stone's Throw

- Trail's Edge

- Settler's Crossing

- Timberline Village

- Private chalets, condos and townhouses through our affiliation with Top of the Mountain

Book direct with trusted owners and save on your Best Sun Peaks vacation!!

        Introducing Echo Landing Condos & Townhouses at Sun Peaks

Echo Landing at Sun Peaks Resort coming soon - sign up for detailsEcho Landing - new condos & townhouses coming to Sun Peaks

More exciting news for Sun Peaks Resort on August 24, 2017 when Echo Landing was announced – the newest collection of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom ski-in, ski-out mountain townhomes and condos to be nestled, along Valley Drive, between Settlers Crossing and Woodhaven.

Echo Landing offers ski-in ski-out direct access to your doorstep. Just steps from the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, Echo Landing is a winter lover's dream. A limited number of Echo Landing homes will be offered for sale in the first release this fall - sign up now for early purchase opportunities.

The initial viewing of the floor plans and specs for this 48 condo and townhouse development located in Sun Peaks took place in November took place, with phase... 1, 2 and 3 (of 4) being  fully or partially sold out. within the first few hours.

Real estate prices continue to take off on existing homes too - for more info see our Sun Peaks Real Estate page.

        Custom Wood Signs Created By Local Artist

Introducing custom interior and exterior wood signage by local Sun Peaks area artist, Christie and Signed by C.

These custom signs and cabin décor are wonderful for your vacation rental property, home or business, and can be built using your own business logo or ideas, or Christie can help you design something creative.  Wood signage, business signs, memorial plaques, shelves, boxes and more can be created locally and shipped world-wide. 

Or better yet, come to Sun Peaks and pick up your new custom wood sign.

As part of our growing collection of artist paintings, creations and other lodge décor items, we have sourced an amazing custom metal signage and art maker as well, and a personalized custom rustic sign maker.

Promote your home, business or property while supporting talented artists or decorate using our growing list of creative decor suppliers.

        Discover Where The Locals Go For Best Snow and Best Runs

Hiking to the Gil's at Sun Peaks - best powder and best runsHike to the best snow on Sun Peaks - photo @Putsky88

Discover where the locals go when they want to find the best stashes of fresh, untouched powder, gladed back-country trails, off-piste skiing, and beautiful terrain that is now avalanche controlled and patrolled.

Learn how to find the best runs, ski in delightful, Okanagan champagne powder, and prepare for some nearby cat skiing or spectacular heli-skiing.

Previously considered out of bounds, the Best Sun Peaks Powder and off-piste area was incorporated into the Sun Peaks Resort ski boundary area in 2014/15 which helped establish Sun Peaks as the second largest ski resort in Canada.

Long considered a secret stash by the locals, more and more intermediate to expert skiers are discovering that this short little hike leads you to some amazing back-country-like terrain, all within the patrolled boundary of Sun Peaks.

Guided tours and powder skiing/off-piste skiing single-day and multi-day lessons and camps are available.

        Sun Peaks Real Estate Sales Breaking  Records

Record breaking condo and other property sales at Sun PeaksRecord-breaking real estate sales (courtesy Sotheby's Sun Peaks)

Skier smiles and sales of properties at Sun Peaks have continued to increase with no end in sight.  Record skier visits to the resort as well as one of the strongest seller’s markets in their history started in 2016 and shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. 

Even the new 24 unit luxury townhouse development, VillageWalk, with construction starting as soon as weather permits, is already 70% sold.  The final phase is now selling and first new residents are expected to arrive in late 2017.

Sun Peaks was also labeled as the fastest growing incorporated municipality in 2016, and it is a great time to be a part of this exciting, growing community!  We are so happy to be part of the growth.

Perhaps the only people not smiling are those that thought we were crazy back in 2013/14 when we said it was the best time to buy at Sun Peaks!?

See our Sun Peaks Real Estate page for more information, and come join the fun!

         Great deals on Sun Peaks Vacation Rental Properties By Owner

We are building up our list of preferred Sun Peaks Vacation Rental properties and are currently able to offer best owner prices on these Sun Peaks condos, townhouses and full-house / luxurious chalets for rent:

- Our Best Sun Peaks condo in Stone's Throw - sleeps up to 8 - see our Stone's Throw reviews

- Our Best Sun Peaks Townhouse in Trapper's Landing - sleeps up to 12.  See our Trappers Landing Reviews

- Trail's Edge #15 Townhouse - sleeps up to 12

- Trail's Edge #4 Townhouse - sleeps up to 9

- Other vacation rental properties offered at Best Sun Peaks discounted prices by Top Of the Mountain including condos, townhouses and full-size Sun Peaks homes and chalets.

        Paint Nights with Liz Derksen, A Unique Sun Peaks Experience

Experience Paint Night with a local Sun Peaks Artist

Here is something fun and a uniquely "Sun Peaks" experience - Sun Peaks Paint Nights with a very popular local Sun Peaks artist, Liz Derksen.

If you are in or close to Sun Peaks... here is something fun to do by either joining in with an existing group, or putting together your own group of friends or family members and arranging for a private paint party.

Group or custom/private, in-studio or in your Sun Peaks accommodation - Sun Peaks Paint nights are a fun way to create a beautiful memento of your Sun Peaks vacation.

Another "best" and unique Sun Peaks experience to try - the Sun Peaks Evening Fondue and Descent....

        Craft Beer & Winery Tours Available From Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks craft beer & winery tours are for those who love wine.  Or beer.  Or better yet, both!

Divine Tours from Kamloops is offering a fall craft beer and local Kamloops winery tour, with pick-up and drop-off available in Kamloops or at your Sun Peaks Resort accommodation.

Put together your own group or join in an existing group, and enjoy some of the finest local wines around along the burgeoning Kamloops Winery Trail, and some tasty craft beer from two of the most popular local breweries in Kamloops - The Noble Pig and Red Collar Brewing.

Perhaps you will even experience the extraordinary Kamloops Hoodoos as you travel to Harper's Trail Winery, and then carry on to the beautiful Monte Creek Ranch and Winery, and your tasting fees for both are already included in your price.

Just one of many fun, fall activities to do while enjoying the beautiful outdoors at Sun Peaks Resort during the quiet, fall season.

        Winter Driving Rules Start October 1st

Remember if you're driving to Sun Peaks, make sure your car has proper tires with good tread, and possibly consider having chains in the trunk.

During the period October 1 through March 31, winter tires with the mountain snowflake logo or M+S tires with a tread depth of at least 3.5mm all over must be used when driving through the mountain passes. 

Drive to your comfort level, keep a safe distance behind the car in front, relax and arrive safe.

Have a wonderful, Best Sun Peaks vacation!

        Wineries, Waterfalls & Sun Peaks - Spring through Fall

Winery and Waterfall Tour Sun PeaksSun Peaks Winery and Waterfall Tour

Like wine?

Like waterfalls?

Love Sun Peaks?

Enjoy all three with a custom Okanagan winery and waterfall tour with pickup and drop-off available right from your Sun Peaks accommodation.

Available Spring through fall subject to availability.

Great fun individually or as a group - explore local Kamloops wineries or travel further to the southern Okanagan.

Just one of many fun Spring Activities available now at Sun Peaks Resort.

Like beer?  How about a Craft Brewery tour instead or also?

        Delightful, Delicious and no Dishes - In Home Catering Comes to Sun Peaks

In home Sun Peaks CateringIn-Home Fine Dining & Catering - photo courtesy Bottoms

Make your Best Sun Peaks Vacation even more special with this new addition to Sun Peaks catering Services.

For groups of 8-25 people, the professionally trained chefs from Bottoms Sun Peaks Catering, who share a passion for fine dining, can customize a 5 course meal for your family and/or friends, and serve it to you in style wherever you are staying at Sun Peaks, whether it is our Best Sun Peaks condo in Stones Throw or not. 

All the details are taken care of, from discussing your needs and finalizing the menu, preparing and serving the food, to cleaning up and leaving you to just enjoy the rest of the evening.

The food is prepared to your specifications, beautifully presented, and full of incredible flavors.

You can even organize an après-dinner  Sun Peaks in-suite massage too if you want to really make it a memorable evening!

Or book a private, custom Kamloops or Southern Okanagan area winery tour with pick-up/drop-off from your Sun Peaks lodging, pick up some fine local wines, and return to an exquisite, gourmet dinner.

        Things Are Heating Up At Sun Peaks Resort

It’s wintertime at Sun Peaks Resort but things are heating up.  Heating up in a good way, that is!

Fantastic early conditions at Sun Peaks Resort allowed the resort to open a day early this year, and also brought a record number of people to the resort on Monday, December 7th for Toonie Day!...

We were so happy to be able to take advantage of this fundraiser day for Sun Peaks, where $2 and a non-perishable food donation gave over 4,600 visitors a wonderful day on the slopes and a donation of over $8,500 and 3,500 pounds of food to the Kamloops Food Bank.

Despite the record numbers, the snow remained fantastic through the whole day, line-ups on the slopes were minimal and we didn’t even notice how busy the resort was until the end of the day when we saw how many cars were parked here, there, and wherever they could by the local day-trippers!

With another record setting number of summer visitors last summer, this four-season resort is quietly growing into the Master Plan that was established for it a number of years ago. And with plans to double their size over the coming years, this resort will only keep getting better.

And perhaps the other Best Sun Peaks news, the real estate market at Sun Peaks is also heating up for some types of properties. With more and more families and retirees looking for the relaxed lifestyle with endless year-round recreational opportunities that Sun Peaks offers, sales of single family homes increased 63% over the same period last year. The average price was also up 32% to over $700,000.

So is this a good time to buy at Sun Peaks? We still think so and would love to add a Best Sun Peaks townhouse to our offerings!

We are already getting inquiries for our Best Sun Peaks condo for Christmas 2016, so if you are thinking about a wonderful Christmas family getaway to Sun Peaks - think about booking now!

        Unique Experience at Sun Peaks - Evening Fondue and Descent

We celebrated Nancy's birthday last year with the Sun Peaks Evening Fondue & Descent and loved it!!

While everyone else headed back to their lodging at Sun Peaks, we strapped on our skis and headed up to the Sunburst Lodge for the unique Evening Fondue and Descent into darkness.  There, the staff and local volunteers treated us with tasty meats with a hot broth, and bread with melted cheese.  Live music played in the background while we chatted with new friends.  Then the plates were cleared and dessert was brought out - a big tray of fresh fruit and a pot of delicious dark melted chocolate. :)

Once we were done, we strapped on our headlamps, joined our guided group, and skied down the freshly groomed '5 Mile' ski run.   

The clouds parted, the stars led our way, and it was a beautiful, memorable, Best Sun Peaks winter experience.

Create your own memories with one of many fun winter activities at Sun Peaks this season.

        Is this a good time to invest in real estate at Sun Peaks?

Property sales at Sun PeaksProperty sales at Sun Peaks - courtesy Sothebys

We sure think so and are so glad we did!  In fact, we couldn't be happier with our decision to buy our Best Sun Peaks condo and are thrilled with the rental results so far (and all the wonderful guests we have met from around the world).

According to our friend Liz Forster from Sotheby’s, Sun Peaks property sales as reported on the MLS system have seen a 50% increase over the same period last year.

After searching all the MLS sold listings at Sun Peaks Resort between 1 January and 23 September in both 2014 and 2015, they found there were 38 total sales between 1 January and 23 September 2014, compared to 57 total sales in the same period this year.   In particular, single family residential sales are up by 75%, townhouse sales increased by 67% and the number of condo sales rose 48% over the number of sales in 2014.

Do you love keeping fit year-round in the outdoors and want to invest in a Sun Peaks recreational property

We sure do and are thrilled with our investment at Sun Peaks, and love every visit and watching the resort grow!

We can recommend a great rec property mortgage broker too if you wish.

        Monte Creek Winery and Kamloops Wine Trail Open For Business

Monte Creek Winery Open For BusinessMonte Creek Winery - Tours Available From Sun Peaks

Monte Creek Ranch Winery is the newest and perhaps largest entry into the new and exciting Kamloops Wine Trail, joining Privato Winery, Harper’s Trail Winery and Sagewood Winery as one of the Kamloops area wineries available for tours from Sun Peaks.

These four wineries, with more expected to open in this emerging wine region in the future, each have something unique to offer and are well worth the visit.  Their wines are all earning awards and kudos from experts, locals and visitors to the Kamloops and Sun Peaks areas.

Join a pre-scheduled group winery tour or customize your own as part of a special celebration, group event, or corporate team building experience. 

Pick-ups and drop-offs are available from Kamloops or from your accommodation at Sun Peaks Resort

Click our Sun Peaks Winery Tour page for more details.  Craft beer tours are also available for those that prefer barley and hops, or combined tours can be arranged.

Cheers :)

        What's New - Sun Peaks 2015/2016 Expansion 

2015/16 changes at Sun Peaks2015/16 Changes at Sun Peaks Resort

Summer 2015 at Sun Peaks saw the introduction of a new downhill go kart track which proved instantly popular, more  great concerts and events, and a 20% increase in hotel room reservations.

And while we were hiking, biking, SUPing, sipping, and hot-tubbing, the hard-working crew at Sun Peaks were busy with the following projects for the 2015/16 ski season:

- In conjunction with moving forward with their master development plan as well as dealing with beetle-killed wood (forestry management), they continued trail development in the ‘Laundromat ‘ section on West Morrisey.  The problem remains that these new black and double-black trails result in a shuttle bus back to the village and we are still waiting for a new chairlift to be built to properly service this area.

Best Sun Peaks powder??  Visitors won’t know where to go to enjoy the best snow regardless of the conditions, but local experts do.  So now, in addition to the popular All Mountain Skills Camp that I put my son in (and he loved it!), there is a Private ‘Best of Sun Peaks’ tour where one of Sun Peak’s best instructors will take guests to the best ‘secret’ spots that day, and ensure they are safe yet challenged and entertained.

- Last we heard, a new, Olympic-size skating rink was being built near Parking lot 5, which was going to include under-ice refrigeration which would help ensure better ice conditions in the warmer and/or shoulder season days.

- Consistent with being a very family-friendly resort, Sun Peaks will be expanding their learning area for newbies (3-7 year olds).  While they are already known for their excellent ski instructors, no matter your ski-abilities, they are adding an improved area next to the Sunburst chairlift.  It is a nice, gentle slope and will include a carpet lift.

- Too old and too cool for the tot section?  How about the new ‘too cool for school’ (our label – not theirs!) program for 13-18 year old teens?  Learn how to handle the powder-filled Gil’s gladed areas, or learn how to be super cool in the Sun Peaks Terrain Park.

- Ski Sisters, with no brothers, offering programs designed just for women, will be doubling their sessions with programs 2x per day, 6 days/week.

- We’re #2!! And love it!  Some may ask why Sun Peaks doesn’t do ‘this’ like Whistler does?  But most say, I love Sun Peaks because it’s not Whistler!!   Whatever your preference, enjoy the 50% off lift pass reciprocal agreement for season ticket holders by planning your Best Sun Peaks ski vacation around the expanded shuttle bus program which will now take you between the two resorts 3 times/week.  Leave Sun Peaks after a morning ski and arrive in time for dinner and a beer, or leave Whistler after early in the morning and arrive at Sun Peaks in time for an afternoon ski and then, well, another beer.

More to come but it’s time to have a word with the 2015/2016 ski season snow gods……

        Perfect Condo For A Golf Getaway

Perfect condo for a Sun Peaks golf getawayDeer on 16th fairway - view from condo

Perfect condo for golf getaway at Sun Peaks (and for deer apparently too!)

This review was left in our guest book by our most recent guests - thank you very much to them for their comments and for staying at our BestSunPeaks condo in Stones Throw, overlooking the 16th fairway (highest elevation tee off in BC)..

Dear Nancy and Paul

Perfect condo for a golf getaway holiday!  The hot tub was a welcomed sight when we came back “Home” from 2 rounds of golf each day.

Your kitchen is very well stocked with spices and a variety of kitchen knives.  We too are ‘foodies’ and appreciate what you provide your guests.

Your restaurant reviews brought us to a great restaurant and the food was delicious!

We will highly recommend your condo to our family & friends.


Trevor & family, Burnaby, BC - July 2015

        Sun Peaks Go Karts are Instantly Popular!

Sun Peaks Go Karts - open June 26 (photo Sun Peaks Resort)Race to the Finish Line and have a blast doing it!

"Wild" and "Awesome" were some of the initial comments as adventurous Sun Peaks staff were the first to try the new Sun Peaks Mountain Cross Go Carts and now all ages (over 14) are testing their skills.

These gravity-fuelled go karts are the first of their kind in North America and opened on June 26, 2015, just in time for the summer kick-off celebrations.

The rules have eased - Must be a minimum of 14 years of age AND 150cm tall to participate, but no drivers license required!

Lift accessed mountain bike trails, the Sun Peaks bike park, and lift accessed hiking trails also open inearly summer, just as a heat wave is expected to hit BC.

It is always cooler up at Sun Peaks so head up the hill to chill, and try the new go karts for a thrill!

        Winery and Waterfall Tours from Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks Winery and Waterfall ToursPickup at Sun Peaks for Winery and Waterfall Tours

While there are no wineries at Sun Peaks Resort itself due to the elevation, certified and experienced tour operators from Kamloops can now arrange to meet in Kamloops or even pick up and return guests right from your Sun Peaks accommodation during late spring to early fall for Sun Peaks Winery and Waterfall Tours.

Our preferred tour operators can customize a tour to visit selected wineries, local waterfalls (there are two in the area) popular Kamloops brew pubs, a cider mill, and/or trendy café’s and restaurants.

Half-day or full-day tour options are available from Kamloops or Sun Peaks, and visitors can experience popular or quickly-becoming popular wine producing areas.

Add on some golf, a massage, or other popular Sun Peaks Summer activities and have a wonderful Best Sun Peaks get-away.

Check out our luxurious Stone's Throw Condo or Trapper's Landing Townhouse or other Best Sun Peaks Vacation Rental By Owner options.

        Sun Peaks Once Again A Top 10 Canadian Ski Destination

Sun Peaks Sunrise - photo Adam SteinAward winning Sun Peaks - photo Sun Peaks/Adam Stein

Once again, Sun Peaks Resort is one of the Top 10 ski destinations in Canada as voted by Canadian Living.

Whistler Blackcomb, Fernie Alpine Resort, and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort also made it into the top 10.

And for those in the lower mainland or in Washington State who are looking for snow, we found lots at Sun Peaks!!

Save your ski season and save some money - head to beautiful Sun Peaks where the season has been extended until April 12th.

Head up the hill to chill at Sun Peaks Resort.

       Sun Peaks Spa Express - New for those wanting pampering in a hurry

Sun Peaks Spa Express - HydroMassage bed for fast reliefSun Peaks Spa Express for pampering in a hurry

New for winter 2014 is the Sun Peaks Spa Express – located very conveniently in the heart of Sun Peaks Village in the Sun Peaks Grand Residences building on the ground floor.

Sister shop to the popular Sun Peaks Spa just around the corner in the Kookaburra Lodge, this express spa is for those who want some pampering but don’t want to spend several hours in a spa, or to have a Sun Peaks mobile massage outfit like Hands on the Move come to their hotel room or vacation rental.

Quick, convenient and a treat for the body, this convenient Sun Peaks Express Spa location offers:

- Two hydro-massage beds
- Mini-manicure service (includes 10 minutes on a hydro massage bed)
- Mini-pedicure
- Express facial and
- Spa related retail products and gifts

Check them out in the village and pamper yourself - you're so worth it!!

        Gil's Area Improvements at Sun Peaks Resort

Gil's area improvements at Sun PeaksGil's area improvements at Sun Peaks

With the Gils improvements and the expansion of the ski area in the western area of Mt. Morrissey, Sun Peaks has suddenly become the second largest ski resort in Canada in terms of skiable terrain.

We hiked back through the popular backcountry area known as Gil’s during our summer hike to the summit of Mt. Tod, and could see that selective clearing was going on, and we are happy to announce the first changes to Gil’s will be ready for the 2014/15 ski season upgrades.

Now it’s not as if this is really ‘new’ skiable area, as many locals and adventure seekers have been slipping under the Sun Peaks ski boundary markers for years (most successfully, some not with search & rescue being called out several times a year to find lost skiers). 

This off-piste, gladed, powder filled Gil's ski area provides a wonderful ski experience for those skilled and trained, and a large section is now included within the patrolled ski area, which should help increase safety. It is considered by locals to b the best area for the freshest and deepest stashes of snow!

Things haven’t changed in the Gil’s too much, but the lower portion has been cleared to provide an additional 100 vertical metres which now connects to a new lower boundary trail. The new section isn’t as steep as the upper Gil’s, so boarders may need to work a bit to get to “The Other Way” (Blue run) which will take skiers back to the village.  Or you can also still exit the old way further up the hill to the main ski area.

By moving the patrolled ski area further out, Sun Peaks gets more varied in-bounds terrain, lost skiers will be minimized, and there is more fresh powder available for skiers that was previously also enjoyed by snowmobilers.

This new section is now called Inner Gil's Glades (closer to the resort) and the Main Face Glades (closer to the new ski boundary).

For those who want to try this exciting off-piste skiing out but don’t have the necessary skills or safety training, Sun Peaks is offering two new courses this year – 'Beyond the Groomers Camp' (for steep terrain, glades, moguls and powder) and 'All Mountain Skills Camps' – check ‘em out at Sun Peaks What’s New.

       Mt. Morrissey Expansion Update

Mt. Morrissey hike with view to Tod Mtn.Mt. Morrissey fall hike with view to Tod Mtn.

We just finished a fall hike on Mt. Morrissey and are pleased with the work accomplished this summer.

More work has been completed in this one short summer than since Mt. Morrissey opened in 2003 so well done everyone. We are thrilled to hear that our ski-in mountain just seconds away from our Best Sun Peaks condo and Trapper's Landing Townhouse, will be good to go with the new runs by the beginning of the 2014/2015 ski season. It's just too bad I'm not a Black/Double Black skier, yet.

The western face now features a new run known as 'Tumble Dry', which has been cut, cleared and smoothed from top to bottomand will be open for the beginning of the 2014/2015 ski season changes. It also now provides clear views of the Double blacks over on Mt. Tod (Burfield area) Freddy's Nightmare and Challenger.

You can either ski the full vertical and take the shuttle bus back to the village from Fairways/Mountain View Drive, or the connector further up and take Static Cling (Double Black) back to the Morrissey Express chairlift.

Another run, initially dubbed 'F', is now called 'Lint Trap' is being developed as well, but only the top part is ready for this season.

Two other runs, dubbed 'C' and 'D' will be partially ready for the 2014/15 season down to the Static Cling connector.

We can't wait to hear about the exciting new runs. But hopefully one day the new runs will be better serviced as the resort continues to grow.

Book your Sun Peaks winter ski holiday now and cross your fingers for the champagne Okanagan Pow to start falling.