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Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks Resort logo
Slogan3 Mountains, 1 Village, 4 Seasons
Type Mountain Resort
Founded 1961
Headquarters Template:Country data Canada Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia, CAN
Contact 1280 Alpine Road
Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0
250-578-7222
Web: Sun Peaks Resort
Reference NAICS: 713920

Latitude: 50.877459
Longitude: -119.910142


Sun Peaks Resort is open year round ski resort. It is the second largest British Columbia resort (Whistler Blackcomb being the largest in British Columbia), located approximately 50 km (a 45 minute drive) northeast of Kamloops. It is only a 4-hour drive, or a short flight, from Vancouver. The geographic location of this Canada holiday place annually receives six metres of light, dry snow and, ironically, 2,000 hours of sunshine too!

From the rough and tumble days of Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks has evolved into one of the leading ski experiences in Canada. The resort offers surprising diversity across its three unique mountains: Tod Mountain, Mount Morrisey, and Sundance Mountain. Gladed areas. Bumps. Steeps. Long cruisers. Alpine bowls. Progressive park. It’s all here, and the closest you’ll get to another person is on the chairlift.

Sun Peaks offers a wide range of accommodation options from standard hotel ski vacation packages to chalets accommodating a groups as large as 20 or more. Whatever the need is, there is a ski vacation package to fit your requirements.

Annual food and wine festivals attract foodies from around the world to Sun Peaks Resort!

BC winter activities include: downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing holidays and snowshoeing.

BC summer activities include: downhill mountain biking, BC hiking trails and golf vacations.


The Village, a Genuine Community

How can one describe the village vibe? The welcoming personality of Sun Peaks is truly infectious. The resort is more than a four season mountain retreat; it’s a vibrant community that many guests have chosen to call home. Discover for yourself why the Canada ski resort generates BC’s most loyal and proud ambassadors.

Modern, yet attractively quaint, Sun Peaks is truly family-focused and was created with total convenience in mind. Nestled at the base of the lifts, in the heart of the resort, lies the picturesque ski-through village. The compact hamlet of 7,000 beds features covered walkways, appealing hotels, unique boutique shops,intimate cafés, and comfortable restaurants that offer diverse culinary options. To enjoy it all you needn’t worry about having a vehicle since everything is within easy walking distance. If you do bring a car, simply park and forget all about it.

Get to know our local characters who always deliver genuine ‘Peaks’ hospitality; guests are truly appreciated here. From the good-natured Sun Guides who reveal the mountains’ lines and stashes, to the dedicated business owners who personally serve you, each recognize the importance of providing you with your finest vacation experience. And, as a mountain community, we all enjoy sharing life’s simple pleasures: first tracks on a powder day, casual drinks by a cozy fire, friendly chairlift conversations, silly photos, and sporting the best goggle tan.

We believe your vacation is all about you. Sun Peaks Resort BC vacation packages and getaways are uncomplicated and always promise true relaxation and overall enjoyment.


History

In 1961, Sun Peaks Resort, then known as Tod Mountain, began with a single chairlift, the Burfield. The Burfield was at the time the longest chairlift in North America! At the time there were very few amenities. The current log-structure administrative building at the foot of the Burfield chair was Tod Mountain's restaurant, lodge, and mountain ticket sales centre all in one. In 1968 the Burfield chairlift was damaged by fire and did not reopen until December 1970.

Tod Mountain was bought by Nippon Cable Company Ltd. of Tokyo in 1992. Since this time Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd. have been the prime consultant and project planners for the transformation of Tod Mountain Ski Area into Sun Peaks Resort.

Soon after the new ownership of the BC resort, new runs were built in addition to three new lifts (2 quads), and new facilities and infrastructure. The first nine hole of the golf course were also built and the final nine were completed in 2005. Also added were the village's day lodge, a snowboard park, a 35 million-gallon snowmaking reservoir, a building and facilities for the Snowsports School, and even a whole new mountain - Mount Morrissey.

In 2006 a new quad lift “the Elevation” was added to Sun Peaks Resort, along with new runs on the area known as Orient Ridge. Each year the Austrian National Ski team trains at Sun Peaks on the Nancy Greene Race Centre.

Mountain Statistics

Skiable Area: 3,678 acres of terrain, the second largest of all snow ski resortsin British Columbia, and the third largest in Canada

Mt. Tod Summit Elevation: 2,152m (7,060')
Burfield Chairlift Summit Elevation: 2,080m (6,824')
Village Base Elevation: 1,255m (4,116')

Skiable Vertical: 882m (2,894') – Figure taken from the base to the top of the Burfield Chairlift

Sunburst Express Chairlift: Base Elevation 1,255m (4,117'), Top Elevation 1,850m (6,069')
Sundance Express Chairlift: Base Elevation 1,255m (4,117'), Top Elevation 1,730m (5,676')
Elevation Chairlift: Base Elevation 1,550m (5,085'), Top Elevation 1,863m (6,112')
Crystal Chairlift: Base Elevation 1,766m (5,794'), Top Elevation 2,061m (6,762')
Morrisey Express Chairlift: Base Elevation 1,277m (4,189'), Top Elevation 1,675m (54,95')
Burfield Chairlift: Base Elevation 1,198m (3,930'), Top Elevation 2,080m (6,824')
West Bowl T-Bar: Base Elevation 1,903m (6,243'), Top Elevation 2,069m (6,788')

Bowls: 2 alpine bowls
Longest Run: Up to 8km (5 miles) long
Trails & Glades: 122 including 12 gladed areas

Terrain Type: 10% novice (green circle), 58% intermediate (blue square), and 32% expert (black diamond)
Rockstar Energy Terrain Park: 9-acre terrain park, 3 distinct zones for novice, intermediate, and expert

Types of Lifts: 11 lifts total including 3 high speed quad chairlifts, 2 quad chairlifts, 1 triple chairlift, and 5 surface lifts
Lift Capacity: 12,000 riders per hour

Annual Snowfall: 559cm (220") of powder

Cross Country: 30.8km of groomed and trackset 14.3km of backcountry trails

Sun: On average over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year!

Average Temperatures:
December -9.5ºC / 15ºF
January -6.7ºC / 20ºF
February -6.1ºC / 21ºF
March -3.9ºC / 25ºF
April -1.1ºC / 30ºF

Winter Activities - Get Up Here & Play!

Skiing and snowboarding are the most popular winter activities at Sun Peaks Resort. However, there are an abundant of other winter activities sure to please. Guests, from grandchildren to grandparents, can feel the thrill of snowmobiling, explore the tranquil snowshoe trails, mush a team of energetic Alaskan huskies, and much more.

Winter Activities:

Summer Activities - Simply Stunning!

This summer, set a personal goal and run Jo's Road Race or the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series. Spend time with the family at the BC Day Family Celebrations making a scarecrow or conquering the climbing wall. Head to a sun-filled patio and relax with friends over a cold drink while enjoying live music. Stroll through the Sunday Farmers’ Market for freshly picked local produce, and explore the 40 shops, restaurants, and cafés.

Golf Experience the extraordinary distance a ball will travel at 1,200 metres above sea level, at the highest elevation BC golf course. Surrounded by natural foliage and panoramic mountain views, our challenging 18-hole par 72 Graham Cooke designed course offers risk and reward opportunities intended to appeal to every level of golfer.

Hiking Let the Sunburst Express chairlift carry you to mid mountain where you can begin your British Columbia hiking adventure on any of the 15 trails that range from a relaxing stroll to an exhilarating climb to the 'Top of the World.' During Alpine Blossom Season, mid-July to mid-August, take in the vibrant blooms of Indian Paintbrush, Tiger Lilies, Fireweed, and more.

Bike Park Make use of your mountain bike as it was intended. With 2,000 vertical feet of lift accessed terrain, and 31 distinct trails that range from technical DH to flowing machine-made to old school single track, the Bike Park offers something for everyone. Freeride camps are also offered, and BC mountain biking pros Graham Agassiz and Matt Hunter alongside the Sun Peaks pro coaches have developed camps that focus on riding and having fun.


Other Summer Activities

Festivals and Events

Sun Peaks Resort is known to have a festival or event happening at any given moment. The bigger festivals include: The Winter Wine Festival in mid-winter pairs the finest wines of the Okanagan Valley with gourmet foods; the Alpine Blossom Festival in July offers nature tours and wildlife walks in the alpine; and the Autumn Bounty Festival in October celebrates the culinary offerings in the Thompson Okanagan region.

Accolades

Sun Peaks Resort matured into one of North America's prime winter and summer resorts, voted "best race training centre," "best kids' terrain park," "best ski-in/ski-out village," and "best alpine resort in summer," by Ski Canada Magazine in 2009. Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Poll named Sun Peaks among the top 10 resorts in North America.

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