As you might have gathered, we’re massive fans of skiing in Canada, so the addition of Sun Peaks to our roster is seriously exciting. Originally called Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks is a great place to ski – in a group or on your tod. Here’s why:
- It’s in Canada, so the snow quality and reliability are both awesome.
North America – Canada in particular – is well known for having long, cold seasons full of fluffy, dry powder, with Sun Peaks receiving just shy of 8 metres of fresh snow over the 2015/16 season. The resort is also located inland from Vancouver in the heart of British Columbia, so the cold we’re talking about isn’t too savage.
- The terrain is vast and varied.
North American ski resorts are generally pretty massive, and Sun Peaks boasts the second-largest ski area in Canada. Its three mountains – Tod, Sundance and Morrisey – offer more than enough to keep you occupied for a week or two, with glade skiing suitable for all abilities and off-piste for days; our favourite’s the Crystal Bowl, and not just because it has an awesome name.
- Sun Peaks is a ‘locals’ ski spot.
Which means it spends a lot of time almost empty. Be prepared for massive views, quiet slopes and lots of room to breathe.
- The village is truly ski-in, ski-out.
No cars, no tarmac, just hotels opening onto snowy streets. Bliss.
- It’s in Canada, so everyone’s really friendly.
What’s not surprising is that in Sun Peaks, as in all Canadian resorts, you’ll receive top-class hospitality wherever you go. What is surprising is that on most weekends Olympian Nancy Greene will be around to guide you around the slopes and pass on some of her skiing wisdom.
- The shortest transfer in North America.
Canada and the US are notorious for their transfer times – they’re big places, and it takes a long time to get around. Sun Peaks however is just a 45 minute drive from Kamloops airport; very short, even by European standards.