The Sun Peaks Evening Fondue and Descent is something we very much enjoyed and think you will too.
It is a unique dining and night-time Sun Peaks skiing (or snowboarding) winter experience which is popular with visitors as well as employees and local area volunteers who work the event and all pitch in to make this a fun, safe and popular winter event at Sun Peaks.
The fondue nights typically only happen once or twice a week during the winter (Tuesday and/or Thursday in 2016/17) and you need to register in advance to ensure a spot as these tend to book up.
Cost is only around $75/person, you need to be around 14+, and you need to confidently be able to ski down green runs at a minimum.
Once you’re registered and signed up for the Sun Peaks Evening Fondue, you then just need to show up at the Sunburst Express chairlift in your full ski gear around 10 minutes to 5:00pm for a ski-lift ride up to the Sunburst Mid-Mountain Restaurant (home of great cinnamon buns during the day!).
Once seated at long tables and you’ve had a chance to meet other visitors from around the world, enthusiastic servers (some employees, some volunteers) will bring the first round which is a fondue pot of hot broth and one with a delicious stringy cheese, along with a big plate of pre-cooked meats and prawns, and some bread.
Helpful hint: Let the staff know of any allergies when you sign up so they can do their best to accommodate you.
Live music happens in the background, and servers come to take your drink order (not included in the price) and to ensure everything is going ok. You may be interrupted if there is a special announcement or perhaps a birthday song to belt out.
The food was very enjoyable and there was lots of it, along with plenty of opportunity to chat with those around you.
It was also great to catch up with Rob from Sun Peaks Stables who was volunteering there for the night, who also introduced us to Rob from Sun Peaks Snow Limos! You never know who you'll meet up there!
Once the dinner fondue pots and plates are cleared away, a big plate of fruit is served, along with a delicious pot of melted Swiss chocolate. Yum!!
Helpful hint: While this is happening, you might want to slip up to the cashier to pay for any extras you ordered as there seems to only be one credit card machine and it is quite slow up at the high altitude!?
And now that you’re plenty full and relaxed from the Sun Peaks Evening Fondue, let the fun begin!
After thanking your server, gear up and head towards the exit where you will be given a night lamp to strap onto your helmet. You are then assigned to a group and a guide, and are ready to begin the fun Sun Peaks Evening Descent down the 5 Mile Run. I was a little nervous before-hand but there was no need – it’s great fun!
Helpful hint: Remove your goggles at night!! Seriously!!! One guest kept on holding up the group and was asking to get ski patrol to take him down. Once the guide checked on him, and suggested he take off his tinted ski goggles, all was fine. :)
The groomers typically hit this trail while you’re enjoying the fondue so it is in great shape, and lanterns are placed along the edge to keep you away from a slight edge and to mark the way down. Your guide will stop frequently to gather the group and ensure everyone is ok.
You are surrounded by darkness and silence, except for the skiers with headlamps before and behind. Stop to look up, and if you’re lucky the sky will be lit up with stars, the moon, and perhaps even a bit of the Milky Way or even the Northern Lights?
It is a delightful and unique experience that soon comes to an end right down at the village base. Once there, you can talk about the experience with other guests, hand over the head lamp, and head back to enjoy your hot tub or perhaps enjoy some libations at one of the Sun Peaks pubs.
If you're not confident of your skiing ability in the dark, or want to enjoy the experience with a non-skier, you can book a Sun Peaks snow-limo ahead of time, and still enjoy the full Sun Peaks Evening Fondue and Descent activity. Cost is around $150 with a snow limo ride down.
Note: Applicable taxes will be added to all prices. Rates are in Canadian dollars. Dates and prices may be subject to change without notice. Some restrictions may apply.
For more information or to make a reservation contact the Adventure Centre located in the Village Day Lodge, call 250.578.5542, or click to view the Sun Peaks Evening Fondue and Descent page.
After you try this, let us know what you thought, or perhaps recommend another Best Sun Peaks Activity for others to enjoy.
Another unique dining experience to consider is a high-end, catered dinner party from Bottoms Sun Peaks Catering.
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