Sun Peaks snowshoeing is an excellent way for non-skiers and Sun Peaks skiers of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy the beautiful Sun Peaks Resort winter wonderland surroundings, breath in some wonderful fresh mountain air, and get a fantastic, low impact workout.
While stand up paddleboarding is an excellent summer and fall Sun Peaks activity that allows you to ‘walk on water,’ snowshoeing is a popular Sun Peaks winter activity that allows you to safely and easily walk on top of the spectacular champagne powder snow that blankets the resort and surrounding area each winter season.
Sun Peaks offers five lower, marked snowshoe trails departing from the village base area, covering over 15 kilometers (8.5 miles) as well as a number of higher elevation, lift accessed trails that are only accessible with a Sun Peaks Snowshoeing guide as part of a group or private snowshoe tour.
The traditional, long, bent wood, leather, and animal gut snowshoes are still in use by some, but are typically mounted to the wall as a decoration like in our Best Sun Peaks condo or Sun Peaks townhouse. And new, light-weight, easy-to-use, aluminum frame snowshoes can now be seen in use by people of all ages and athletic abilities.
Such a beautiful winter wonderland just outside of the village on the Morrisey Ridge Snowshoe Trail. So near yet seems like such a peaceful snow-covered world away.
There are 5 well-marked snowshoe trails to explore, covering over 15 km., for people of all levels of skills and abilities.
If you can walk you will probably enjoy the Valley Interpretative trail or even the Morrisey Ridge Trail, and more experienced or fit people will enjoy the Valley View Loop or the McGillivray Lake Cabin Trail.
And experts who want a fantastic workout will enjoy the McGillivray Lake Cabin Return Trail.
Buy your pass and explore yourself or join a popular guided tour with Sun Peaks Adventures. A snowshoe guide/snowshoe trail map comes with the purchase of either.
You can also drive a few kilometers down the hill and snowshoe to the Sun Peaks Waterfall.
Snowshoe Rentals are available from the Adventure Centre for between $15-$20/day depending on age. Your rental cost through the Adventure Centre includes a Sun Peaks Snowshoeing pass (costs $5 if you have your own snowshoes) which is needed to use the trails, as well as an exclusive detailed snowshoe trail guide and a regular Sun Peaks Nordic Trail map which has basic trail information.
Many wonderful daytime and evening scenic, guided snowshoe tours are available at Sun Peaks (see below) and your pass, snowshoe rental, exclusive map and pant protectors are all included in the cost.
A Sun Peaks Snowshoeing Guide Booklet and Trail Map is included with rentals or with a guided tour.
Enjoying the beautiful outdoors can give you a whole new love of life during the cold, wet and dark winter. You don’t need to be a skier to fight the winter blues by enjoying a beautiful Sun Peaks bluebird day and soak up the natural vitamin D!
Snowshoeing is a low impact winter activity that is easy and fun for the whole family! The snow cushions your step and makes it easy on your knees and other joints.
Get a good cardio workout and build muscles, with your quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles getting the primary benefit, and if you include poles, your arms, shoulders and back also benefit.
Burn those calories – potentially more than you will from popular Sun Peaks Summer activities like hiking, biking and even running! By lifting your legs (and snowshoes) higher than normal, and by naturally trying to keep warm in the beautiful winter wonderland, you will burn calories, improve your fitness, and have fun doing it!
While we love just strapping on our snowshoes and heading out from our Stone's Throw condo or Trapper's Landing townhouse into the beautiful Sun Peaks resort area, there is so much more to gain by joining a Sun Peaks Snowshoe Group Tour or by arranging your own custom snowshoe tour with a local snowshoe and wilderness expert.
And of course, our Sun Peaks condo or townhouse guests can always finish their day of snowshoeing at Sun Peaks with a wonderful, private hot tub, and perhaps even arrange for their own private in-suite massage.
The Sun Peaks guided snowshoe tours, organized by Discover Sun Peaks Adventures, include snowshoe rentals, pant protectors, and your snowshoe day pass, and there are many different options to suit your needs:
We started this once but didn’t have time to finish (since we had an appointment to check out more Sun Peaks Real Estate), but plan to conquer it this year. It is a 5 hour, 12 km, 500 foot elevation gain, scenic hike to the McGillivray Lake warming hut, where a picnic lunch and hot apple cider await. This is an excellent workout just for adults and you need a good level of fitness to partake. Cost is $285 for a group of 3 and $95 for each extra person. Advanced reservations are required (see form on bottom of page).
Wonderful introduction to the popular sport of snowshoeing as well as to the network of snowshoe trails at Sun Peaks. This two hour afternoon guided tour provides great fun, interesting information and beautiful views of the resort, as well as a hot apple cider drink and warm delicious treat. Regular tours depart Friday, Saturday and Monday at 1:30. Cost $26 - $47 depending on age (5 – 105).
Spend a wonderful Sun Peaks snowshoeing winter evening under the moonlight, traverse through the snow-covered forest, and enjoy beautiful views as you head off on a beautiful hour long tour to the trapper’s camp where a roaring campfire, hot chocolate and delicious s’mores await. Family fun for kids over 8, with a cost of $30-55 depending on age (8-108). Moonlight tours generally depart from the Village Day Lodge, Friday, Saturday and Monday evenings at 6 pm.
Ride the chairlift and head up to the sub-alpine area of Tod Mountain with a professional guide to enjoy beautiful Sun Peaks views and family fun. Enjoy a hot apple cider and delicious treat along the way, and extend your tour with a stay at the mid-mountain station if you wish. Tours depart Sundays at 10:00 am and prices include your lift pass as well as snowshoe rentals. Cost $38-$55 depending on age (5 and up) and are discounted by $10 if you already have a lift pass.
Soak up the abundant fresh air and get some low impact exercise while enjoying the East Valley area of Sun Peaks where plenty of local fauna, including the elusive Canadian Lynx (we saw one!!) call home. Great for newbies and experienced snowshoe folks alike, and a visit to a snow cave, and winter camp with treats are included. Tours for this 2 hour long Lynx Snowshoe tour depart from the Nordic Centre (across from Stone’s Throw ) Sundays at 1:00, but you need to pre-register and check in at the Adventure Centre in the village first. Cost is $26 - $47 depending on age (5 – 105). Tours on other days can be arranged for groups of 10 or more.
Local Sun Peaks snowshoeing experts love to show off their area, and custom snowshoe tours and experiences can be arranged for groups of all sizes and abilities with sufficient notice.
Contact Discover Sun Peaks Adventures directly via their website, or the Sun Peaks Adventure Centre located in the Village Day Lodge, or get in touch with Sun Peaks Activities about any of the Sun Peaks snowshoe tours or to arrange your own private group snowshoe tour.
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