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.

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        Sun Peaks Taxi Ltd. Now Operating

Sun Peaks Taxi Ltd. is now up and running with a 4 passenger all-wheel drive SUV taxi that will be operating year-round, and a 6 passenger all-wheel drive van that will be operating October 1 to April 30 each year – each equipped with a roof rack for skis, boards and gear.

Their operating license is somewhat unique, in that they are allowed to pick-up and/or drop-off anywhere in British Columbia.  So they will be operating in and around Sun Peaks Resort on a regular basis, but can also be hired to pick passengers up at Kamloops or YVR/Vancouver Airport, take passengers to/from Whistler or another ski resort, or just about anywhere in BC.

With only one and sometimes two taxis to start, be sure to book in advance, and be sure to support these locals so they continue to grow!

        "Hasta La Vista" and "Main Village Connector" - new ski runs at Sun Peaks Resort

"Hasta La Vista", baby now has a new meaning at Sun Peaks. 

It is the name of the newest intermediate/blue run at Sun Peaks, and goes directly under the new Sun Peaks Orient Chairlift.  It starts at an elevation of around 1,525 meters (5,003 feet) and takes you back to either the Orient or the Morrisey Express chairlifts.

The Main Village Connector is the new beginner/green run at the top of the Orient chairlift that has been cut to take skiers on a gentle grade across to the Rambler trail on Sundance where they can then ski directly back down to the main village.

These additions brings the total # of trails to 137, spread out over 4,270 acres of beautiful skiable terrain.

The Orient Chairlift is currently under construction and is expected to be in place for the 2018 holiday season (weather conditions permitting).  The base is located right across from Stone's Throw and Trapper's Landing.

Time to order your discounted Sun Peaks lift passes (and hundreds of other ski resorts) now!

        Elevation Sun Peaks - New Ski-in/Ski-out Condos Coming Soon

Introducing the newest Sun Peaks real estate development - Elevation Sun Peaks.  Following the most recent developments at Sun Peaks, Village Walk (sold out) Echo Landing (sold out), and Peaks West (units still available), this looks like a fantastic new Sun Peaks Real Estate development.

Elevation is coming soon to the east village area, and will be the first multi-family development at Sun Peaks to combine the beauty of a high alpine location and views with easy ski-in/ski-out access via the new Orient Express chairlift to Sun Peaks Resort. From this unique location you can enjoy the runs on Sundance Mountain and/or ski down to the Morrisey Express. They apparently will offer stylish designs, smart space planning and exceptional views of all three mountains and the mountain valley.

Sales of ELEVATION will begin early in the 2018/19 ski season and is a 4 story collection of single-level one, two and three bedroom alpine condos. It will be located just above the 16th fairway and is an exciting addition to the East Village as it wraps back westward toward the centre of the resort connecting every type of adventurer with every type of trail.

With the extension of the well-lit and maintained Valley Trail, a short 12 minute stroll connects ELEVATION to the vibe of Sun Peaks Village. 

We are guessing this will sell out fast - sign up with a Sun Peaks Realtor today for first access and more information.

        Accommodation For BC Family Day and Presidents' Day 2019

Village Walk accommodation available for BC and Alberta Family Day and US Presidents' Day

Unfortunately for visitors to Sun Peaks and most other popular destinations in British Columbia, the new NDP government changed the BC Family day from the second Monday in February, to the third Monday, starting in 2019.

This is now the same Monday as Alberta and Ontario celebrate Family Day, and as our neighbors to the south celebrate Presidents' Week - always very popular periods at Sun Peaks and other BC tourist destinations.  

While some folks are happy since they can now think about visiting family in the other area that celebrates the same day, many others are finding it impossible to find accommodation.

All of our Best Sun Peaks Accommodation sold out months ago, but know of 5 beautiful vacation rentals which, at the time of posting, were still available for this period.

1) Beautiful, new Village Walk unit that is a 3-bedroom that can sleep up to 8 (the owners may be adding another bed closer to winter but we aren't guaranteeing anything yet)

2 and 3) Luxurious Village Walk 4-bedroom units that are both owned by the same people, who have put an exorbitant amount of care in to each home. They've added sound proofing between the units, on demand hot water, a custom made frameless sofabed, and an ultraviolet hot tub installed before the winter which effectively eradicates 99.9% of bacteria in the water.

The only differences between the homes are the layouts are mirrored and one can sleep up to 10, while the other can sleep up to 8.

4) A Chalet, which is a 2-bedroom+loft ski chalet, that can sleep up to 10 but you'll have to see if the bedding configuration will work for your group.

5) Kookaburra Lodge which is a massive penthouse suite with over 2200 sq ft and can sleep up to 11:

The Kookaburra unit is about the same size as any of the Village Walk places which is pretty incredible considering it's in a hotel-style building! The Kookaburra Lodge is directly across the street from the main village on one side and the sports centre+skating rink on the other side.

These are available through Top of the Mountain Property Management, and you can use our affiliate link to save 10%

But book now if you're interested - we have already sent three families these links so they won't last long.

Time to order your discounted Sun Peaks lift passes (and hundreds of other ski resorts) now!

        Millions of Sockeye Salmon Spawning Near Sun Peaks

Adams River sockeye salmon near Sun Peaks - photo by Jett Britnell

2018 is a dominant year for the Adam and Shuswap Lake Sockeye Salmon and millions of salmon will be fighting for the best spawning space in rivers near Sun Peaks.  

Stay in Sun Peaks Resort and then drive yourself or get a group together and book an escorted tour from beautiful Sun Peaks Resort or Kamloops and be sure to experience this amazing display of sheer will power and determination as these bright red, prized Sockeye Salmon provide spectacular viewing opportunities along the rivers and in nearby Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.

The Annual Salute to the Sockeye Festival goes September 28 - October 21, 2018, and we are offering discounts on wonderful Sun Peaks family accommodation during this period.

        Sun Peaks 2018/19 Ski Season and Winter Activities Opening Date

Sun Peaks Opening Day - November 2017Sun Peaks Opening Day on Morrisey Express - November 2017

  - The Sun Peaks 2018/19 ski season and winter activities opens on Saturday November 17, 2018.

  - The Best Sun Peaks discounted lift passes are available online ahead of time via Liftopia.  Book online and early for best pricing.

  - The new Sun Peaks chairlift, currently known as the Orient Express, is set to open by the beginning of the 2018 holiday season, providing amazing ski-in and ski-out access from Stone's Throw, Trapper's Landing, Trail's Edge and other East village accommodations.

  - Prime dates and owner-direct rates for Best Sun Peaks Vacation Rentals are still available.  Book before October 1, 2018 to save 11% on new taxes that are coming into effect for individual property owners. 

  - Discounted Sun Peaks ski and snowboard rental equipment packages are available online through Sun Peaks retailers such as Jardines, McSporties, or Free Fall, or discount Liftopia ski equipment packages where the earlier in advance you book, the more you save.

- Winter tire rules for driving to Sun Peaks come into effect October 1, 2018.

Time to order your discounted Sun Peaks lift passes (and hundreds of other ski resorts) now!

        Savour the Sun - Wonderful Skiing and Okanagan Wines Dec. 7-9

You can enjoy two of our favorite things during the Savour the Sun Weekend at Sun Peaks, where the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country and Sun Peaks Resort have partnered for a weekend of food, wine and winter adventure, December 7-9, 2018. The three-day event will combine skiing and some of the region’s most celebrated winemakers along with great local food all in one fantastic ski resort location.

Anchored to three signature evening events, visitors can spend the day on the slopes before savouring rare finds and terroir expressive wines, paired with delicious food by Sun Peaks Resort’s culinary team.  Click for more detail and tickets.

Time to order your discounted Sun Peaks lift passes (and hundreds of other ski resorts) now!

        Book Sun Peaks Accommodation Before Oct. 1st to Save Up To 20%

Book your Best Sun Peaks accommodation direct with the owners and before October 1, 2018 to save up to 20% on Best Sun Peaks Vacation Rentals for the coming ski season, including beautiful, luxurious, family-friendly townhouses and condos in:

 - Stone's Throw
- Trail's Edge (2 bedroom or 3 bedroom)
- Trapper's Landing
- Timberline Village, and
- Village Walk.

        Best Prices For Sun Peaks Lift Passes and Equipment Rentals

Best Sun Peaks single and multi-day lift pass prices for alpine skiing, nordic skiing and discounted equipment rental packages are now available through the Sun Peaks Liftopia lift pass online booking platform.

The earlier in advance you buy your lift tickets, the more you save, with the best savings coming in around 40% off the walk up ticket price.

Liftopia offers discounted lift passes for Sun Peaks resort, as well as hundreds of other ski resorts throughout Western Canada, North America, and the world. 

Click our Liftopia link to see if they can save you money wherever you may be planning on skiing this year.  As the date gets closer, there are lower or even no discounts available so it pays to plan in advance.

        Peaks West, Sun Peaks Newest Real Estate Project Just Announced

Coming Soon - Peaks West Real Estate Project in Sun PeaksComing Soon - Peaks West Real Estate Project in Sun Peaks

With both Echo Landing and Village Walk already sold out, Sun Peaks Real Estate options are set to grow again, with the announcement that Peaks West will be coming soon.

Peaks West is a brand New Sun Peaks Residential and Commercial Development project being constructed by our friends at Meranti Developments. Peaks West will be located by the entrance to Sun Peaks, between the Sun Peaks Fire Hall and the old Burfield Lodge, and will offer a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom condos & townhomes with garages, and some commercial space on the main floor.  Construction has already begun and the first units should be available by mid-2019.

They will offer open floor plans, views of the mountains and are just a short walk to the Burfield Chairlift

Sign up on our Sun Peaks Real Estate page to receive emails with the most current information about the project,instructions on how to register for a VIP pre-sales event, and other Sun Peaks Real Estate options.

        Aerial View Of The New Orient Express Chairlift 

Aerial view (taken from our Alpine Blossom Festival helicopter tour with Okanagan Mountain Helicopters on July 28th) of the new Orient Express chairlift, and as you can see by looking up the hill on the left, the chairlift route has been cleared and new runs are being built up top.  Now this is exciting!

The new chairlift will load right by the Umbrella Cafe (right across from Trail's Edge, Trapper's Landing and Stone's Throw, and will provide access direct to the village via Sundance Mountain, in addition to the nearby Morrisey Express.  Ski-in and ski-out access from these Best Sun Peaks accommodations will be awesome!!

Our Sun Peaks vacation rentals are booking up already for the 2018/19 ski season so if you are planning on a Sun Peaks ski vacation, you may want to book your dates now to avoid disappointment!  Remember to book prior to October 1st, 2018 to avoid the new provincial and municipal sales taxes (11% in total) that will affect independent vacation rentals (hotels and managed properties have already been paying this tax).

        Sun Peaks Vacation Rentals Will Cost You 11% More After Oct. 1, 2018

Taxes to rent in Sun Peaks to increase by 11%

Please note that effective October 1, 2018, ALL short term Vacation Rentals in BC are required to charge 8% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and some the 3% Municipal Regional District Tax (MRDT). Previously all owners with less than 4 vacation rental properties were exempt from these Provincial taxes.

This will effectively increase the cost of your next Sun Peaks holiday by 11%.


        Best Sun Peaks Reasons For A Sun Peaks Golf Holiday

The Sun Peaks Resort Golf Course is Now Open, and here are our Best Sun Peaks reasons to come experience the Sun Peaks Golf Course this summer:

ACCOMMODATION SPECIALS: Our Trapper's Landing townhouse and Stone's Throw condo back onto the 16th fairway, the highest elevation tee in BC. Beautiful scenery, quiet location, and private hot tubs. Mention this post and we will give you 10% off our posted rates.

YOUR BALLS FLY FURTHER: Higher air means thinner air, so up here at BC’s highest elevation golf course your ball will fly further with no extra effort on your part. Sure, the distance gains may only be temporary, but it’s still a blast to let the big clubs rip at 1,200m above sea level.

COOL, COMFORTABLE TEMPERATURES: Sun Peaks is often up to ten degrees cooler than nearby Kamloops, where mid-summer temperatures regularly hit a scorching 35°C. Cool breezes, fresh mountain air, and an all-natural high.

HOLES FOR ALL LEVELS: The shorter, narrower front nine for the precision golfers (in reality or in their dreams), and the longer, wider fairways that curl around the East Village on the back nine. Something for everyone and a great 19th hole with amazing patio views for all.

BC’S HIGHEST ELEVATION TEE: Hole 16, surrounded by Stone's Throw and Trapper's Landing, is our favorite hole. The elevated tee deck is perched at 1,333m (or 4,353 ft for our American friends), earning it the honour of BC’s highest hole, and provides commanding views of Mt Morrisey, the village, and right down the valley.

FRESH MOUNTAIN AIR AND VIEWS: The unique ski resort location means the Golf Course is surrounded by a stunning backdrop of thick, lush forests, meandering creeks, and plenty of wildlife, nestled right at the base of our three peaks: Tod, Morrisey, and Sundance. You gotta love those mountain views!

FAMILY GOLF PRICING SPECIALS: Great new offers to get the 'hole' family swinging together!

SUN PEAKS RESORT-STYLE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR ALL:Sun Peaks offers activities for all ages and athletic abilities. Cross-country trails or lift-accessed biking and hiking trails, kayak, canoe or stand-up paddling nearby, winery tours, Sun Peaks Craft Brewery tours, spa treatments, segway tours, trout fishing and free outdoor concerts are just some of the ways you can spend a day in Sun Peaks.

        Village Walk Vacation Rental Now Available - Beautiful & Luxurious

We are pleased to be adding this beautiful, brand new, 4 bedroom (3 bedroom + flex room), 3.5 bathroom, luxuriously upgraded Village Walk townhouse with hot tub, in the convenient and centrally located Village Walk complex to our list of available Sun Peaks Vacation Rentals By Owner.

Sleeps up to 10.

Book this beautiful Village Walk Vacation Rental direct with the owners, Lisa and Bill, and save.

  - Master bedroom with spacious ensuite and king size bed
  - 2nd bedroom with king size bed
  - 3rd bedroom with queen size bed
  - Flex room with queen size pull out couch, single size bunk bed, and a widescreen tv
  - Private garage
  - Large view windows facing green space and McGillivray Creek and mountain views of Tod Mountain as well as Mt. Morrisey
 - Barbeque and private hot tub.

Click for more information about booking this new and other Best Sun Peaks accommodation.

        New  Chairlift Announced For Sun Peaks Resort - Orient Express Coming Soon

Exciting news for those waiting to see more Sun Peaks expansion and improved access from the Eastern areas of the resort, with the announcement on March 28, 2018 that the new Orient Express chairlift will be ready for use in December 2018.

This new fixed grip, quad lift will take skiers from an area near the existing Umbrella Café, up over the 16th Fairway (Morrisey Connector in winter) right in between our Stone's Throw condo and Trapper's Landing townhouse, up to a new arrival point just above the East Village Skiway. 

From there, skiers will have easy access to a number of runs including Carpe Diem, Chikamichi, Fair Dinkum, Czesc and Ausfahrt on Sundance Mountain, can ski down and then enjoy some runs on Morrisey, or have exciting new direct access back to the village via a green run that will lead to either Rambler or Sundance Return.

Engineers have already started mapping out the route for this new $4 million project, which will begin the anticipated expansion to the popular eastern areas of the resort.

Read more about the Sun Peaks 2018 and beyond expansion plans.

Exciting times ahead for Sun Peaks!

For more information, see the official Sun Peaks Orient Express Expansion announcement.

        Sun Peaks Expansion Project #1 - Sports Centre Improvements

The first of the Sun Peaks 2018 Expansion plans was announced March 9, 2018 with the improvement and expansion of the existing Sun Peaks Sport Centre which incorporates the new NHL-sized ice rink installed recently. The expanded and improved, all-weather, multi-purpose facility will include a multi-purpose indoor facility capable of hosting up to 3,000 participants, enabling Sun Peaks to host additional concerts, large sporting and recreational events as well as corporate/association trade shows from May to November.

The improved centre will be constructed thanks to $6 million in Federal Gas Tax Funding and will also provide additional facilities for Sun Peaks’ growing residential community.

There was also some talk by Chief Oliver Arnouse of the Little Shuswap Indian Band of the long-awaited road connecting to the Shuswap coming soon too - bring it on!

Click for more on the Sun Peaks 2018 Expansion plans.

        $30 - $60 Million Allocated For Sun Peaks Expansion

Top of the World Sun Peaks ExpansionNew lift expected soon to reach the Top of the World

Getting from the village base to the Top of the World may be easier soon when the first project of the $30 million in Sun Peaks Expansion begins.

With record skier visits continuing, Sun Peaks is looking to continue their steady growth over the next 5 years with these various projects:

  - the addition of between 1 and 3 new chairlifts (with the repositioning of other chairs)

  - expansion of the Sun Peaks Sports Centre

  - a new hotel/commercial building near the Village Day Lodge

  - renovations to the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

  - making more land available for building new homes

  - the construction of a lodge at the base of Morrisey

  - more Sun Peaks real estate projects with single and multi-family properties, and other projects.

More growth details on our Sun Peaks Expansion 2018 page and announcements from Sun Peaks Resort are expected soon.

        Timberline Village at Sun Peaks - Vacation Rental by Owner

Conveniently Located Timberline Village Townhouse with 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms, 3 Patios, Private Hot Tub, Family-Friendly and Ski-in with Easy Ski-out.

Newly added to our list of Sun Peaks Vacation Rentals By Owners is this recently-updated 2 bedroom townhouse in Timberline Village

With a great location right by the Sun Peaks skating rink and Sun Peaks swimming pool and tennis courts, (open in summer) this is a great place for your Sun Peaks summer vacation.

Book direct with the owners and save even more on your Sun Peaks Vacation Rental!

        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.

        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.

         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.

        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?

        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.

        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.