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Sun Peaks Ski Area, Nakusp, Canada

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Sun Peaks Ski Area is located in the city of Kamloops, a large community established between the beautiful Thompson River and Kamloops Lake in south Central British Columbia. To get to this gorgeous location, visitors may fly into Kamloops Airport or Kelowna Airport in Canada and then take a shuttle bus or rented car to this resort.  This resort is about four hours drive from Vancouver International.

Sun Peaks Ski Area

With an exceptional 3.678 skiable acres of blissful terrain to enjoy skiing and other activities, Sun Peaks resort is a fantastic place to be in winter. The vertical is 881 meters and visitors have a choice of 122 runs with 12 glade areas. The varied terrain includes two alpine bowls, cruising green and blue runs, steep and deep as well as glades stashes full with powder.

The longest run is up to 8 km (5miles) long and the Summit elevation is 2,15 meters (7,060 ft). The terrain is typed for 10% Beginner, 58% Intermediate and 32% Expert. There are eleven lifts including 3 high speed quad chair lifts, 2 quad chair lifts, 1 triple chair lift and 5 surface lifts with a total lift capacity of a whopping 12,000 riders per hour.


Sun Peaks Ski Area


Annual snowfall is about 560 cm (220 inches) of powder. There are also 28km of groomed trails as well as 12km of backcountry trails and snowshoe trails in this park. Most runs are ski-in/ski-out.  There is a well lit walkway called the Valley Trail which is cleared of snow and allows visitors to stroll along from the village core.  This high-end resort opens on November 14 and closes on April 11. Hours of operation include 9:00AM – 7:00PM on most days.

In spite of its tremendous capabilities, Sun Peaks have not forgotten the families and children. A day care offers services and ski school for children is available. Kids Games Night, Slopeside Movie Night, Family Apres ski activities, etc is arranged by the resort. Olympic Gold Medalist Nancy Greene makes her home in this ski area and is available most weekends for consultation or guidance.

Sun Peaks Ski Resort in BC, Canada is an excellent place for those who want safe adventure, a fun terrain park or simple, steady slopes. I've been there numerous times and enjoy the ski in-ski out accommodation available from nearly the whole resort whether you're staying in a hotel or chalet. There are two terrain parks right under the Sundance quad chairlift, one for beginners and one for intermediate/advanced riders. They get light powdery snow, though it's not as abundant as other resorts in BC and it can be hard to find fresh powder on busy weekends, even in the glades.

Head to the West Bowl from the old Burfield chairlift which is accessed by T-bar but offers excellent powder skiing, though short runs. The blue runs and Cahilty trees are really fun, there are a lot of great cruisers that are well groomed with the odd jib on the side. Head to Bottoms or Masa's for après ski fun, and check out live DJ's at Mackdaddy's nightclub, the resort's only nightclub. The Tyrolean village is charming and has all the needed amenities for an extended stay, but there is no petrol station at the resort. Also have a chance to ski with Olympian Nancy Greene who does regular ski tours at the resort. Sun Peaks is a fun place with lots of terrain and great easy glade skiing if you know where to find it. It's a family oriented resort with lots of charm and great learning conditions.

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