Sun Peaks Resort (Facebook)Sun Peaks Resort is expanding its terrain for the new season, claiming the addition will make it the second largest ski area in Canada, covering over 4,200 acres of in-bound ski terrain. 

Work already has begun on over 500 acres of new challenging terrain, increasing the amount of advanced territory and adding more off-piste opportunities for intermediates. The West Morrisey area will have new expert trails, while a second section, now known as Gil’s, will see the area’s vertical double with the creation of a lower ski out.

A new All-Mountain Skills Camp will emphasize safety and awareness of mountain hazards. Certified Canadian Ski Guides will introduce students to fundamentals of terrain assessment, hazard analysis, overnight survival, as well as companion rescue with transceiver, probe and shovel techniques. Two-day camps, Thurs. to Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. are offered to those of intermediate and expert ability and are limited to groups of five.

There also are several new family programs in the offing. Board the chairlift at 8 a.m. for fresh tracks and get private instruction. Open to ages six and up; 1- and 3-hour lessons available daily.

Kids will enjoy their craft night every Wednesday with staff at the Sundance Kids Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Families can race against each other during the Fun Dual Race on the learners’ area race course every Saturday from 4-6 p.m. Family Fun Night at the Ice Rink, complete with a bonfire, games, hot chocolate, music and an appearance by mascot Hairy Bear is planned for every Tuesday night. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

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