Over 500 acres of new, challenging terrain makes Sun Peaks the second largest ski area in Canada with 4,270 acres of in-bound ski terrain according to the resort. New runs in the West Morrisey area will be expert ability level and utilize the same aspect as the popular Static Cling and Agitator ski runs. Gil’s, a backcountry ski area near the top of Tod Mountain, will see that area’s vertical double with the creation of a lower ski out back to the main ski runs.
A new all mountain skills camp in the North Thompson Valley, led by certified Canadian Ski Guide Bodie Shandro, focuses on promoting safety and awareness of mountain hazards. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of terrain assessment, hazard analysis, overnight survival, as well as companion rescue with transceiver, probe, and shovel techniques. The two-day camps, designed for intermediate to expert skiers, are offered Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. and are limited to five students per group. Cost for an adult (17 plus) is CDN $299; youth (10-16), CDN $259.
Sun Peaks’ ski race training facilities have been expanded with a lane on Lower Chute to provide additional training space. More snow guns also have been added to accommodate pre-season race training. Nordic facilities are growing as well with the addition of Whiskey Jack, which adds to beginner and dog-friendly trails by offering a new route to the McGillivray Lake Outpost.
Additions and changes to its activity offerings ensure short and long stay guests can take in some of Sun Peaks’ signature experiences: New Fresh Tracks Private Lessons that offer an exclusive opportunity to load the chairlift before it opens to the public; Saturday’s Fun Family Dual Race on the gentle learners slope; Fresh Tracks Breakfast and the Fondue Dinner and Evening Descent will be offered multiple times a week; and the new Kids’ Craft Night will take place every Wednesday evening at the Sundance Kids Centre.
WestJet launches a new daily flight from Edmonton to Kamloops (45 minutes from the resort) beginning Feb. 15. The new flight increases options for Canadian and global guests flying into Edmonton’s International Airport.
Guest also can take advantage of the Spa that is opening an express location in the ski-through village providing hydrotherapy beds and mini spa treatments; the 5Forty Deli is evolving into a mountain tavern; and the rebranded Sun Peaks Grand has begun a refurbishment program, starting by renovating several rooms with kitchenettes to provide more self-catering options.
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