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SUN PEAKS

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Sun Peaks Resort, CANADA has a very reliable powder snow record a well laid out and efficient lift system and a beautiful alpine village.

Sun Peaks Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The Sun Peaks ski and snowboard terrain is spread across three mountains Mt Tod, Mt Morrisey and Sundance Mountain. Mt. Tod has challenging open bowls, steep narrow chutes, treed terrain and long linking groomed trails. Mt. Morrisey has lengthly cruisers, a lot of beginner terrain and some extreme steeps. Sundance Mountain is mainly a beginner and intermediate mountain with gentle slopes and groomed wide intermediate trails.

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Sun Peaks Resort photo : Adam Stein

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding

Advanced skiers and boarders at Sun Peaks head to Mt Tod for challenging chutes, trees, moguls and deep powder filled bowls. From the top of the Burfield Chairlift turn left to access the steep chutes leading down into the open powder Crystal Bowl before continuing down the double black diamond mogul littered Challenger run.

For tight tree skiing and snowboarding turn right at the top of the Crystal Chairlift and head into the Green Door trees or head off down the Spillway trail before turning into the trees.

Mt Morrisey only has four advanced runs they should not be avoided as three of them are double black diamond, very steep and covered with massive moguls. They are accessed via Delta’s Return trail on the right hand side of the Morrisey Express Chairlift.

On Sundance Mountain twenty lines were cut into the heavily treed Lonesome Fir Glades for the 2008/2009 winter season. The new lines located between the Grannie Greene’s and Homesteader trails on the left hand side of the Sundance Express Chairlift cover 70 acres of deep powder.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding

On Mt Tod Exhibition and Cruiser trails are located on the right hand side of the Sunburst Express Chairlift they are long and fast.

From the top of the Sunburst Express Chairlift take the left hand Crystal Lane trail to access the Crystal Chairlift which services the Crystal Bowl area. Here there are many intermediate trails and some ungroomed terrain great for learning to ski or snowboard in powder. In the 2007/2008 winter season a new intermediate trail, The Other Way, was cut in the Crystal Bowl. The trail offers an exciting new route for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. It is accessed from the top of the 5 Mile trail before it winds its way through the trees slowly getting steeper and narrower until it joins back onto the lower 5 Mile trail leading down to the Sunburst Express Chairlift.

The West Bowl on Mt Tod only has intermediate trails they are not long but are fun to play around in and practice some short sharp turns.
Mt Morrisey has some fun well groomed and easy cruising intermediate trails perfect for morning warm up runs.

On Sundance Mountain the intermediate trails are similar to those on Mt Morrisey both the Sunrise and Sun Downer trails are great first thing in the morning after they have been groomed.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding

Beginner skiers and snowboarders are not limited to just one area at Sun Peaks almost every lift has an easy trail leading down.

First timers learn on Mt. Morrisey’s lower gentle wide slopes serviced by the magic carpet Platter Lift. The Sun Peaks Sports School have packages for first timers including a lift pass, 2 hour lesson and ski or snowboard rental. Full day beginner lessons are also offered.

On Mt Morrisey once confidence grows catch the Morrisey Express Chairlift to the top and turn left along the Sticks trail to access the long gently sloping Home Run leading back down to the base area.

On Mt. Tod catch either the Burfield Chairlift directly to the top or both the Sunburst Express Chairlift then the Crystal Chairlift to access the 5 Mile trail, it winds its way along the top of the ridge then all the way down the boundary line to the base village area.

On Sundance Mountain turn right at the top of the Sundance Express Chairlift for the cruise down on the recently widened tree lined Rambler trail.

Sun Peaks Terrain Park

Sun Peaks has one 9 acre Rockstar Energy Terrain Park which is divided into three very separate zones; one beginner, one intermediate and one expert. They all have various sized jumps, tables, boxes and rails. The three zoned parks are located under the Sundance Chairlift.

First Trax Skiing and Snowboarding at Sun Peaks

Every Wednesday morning at 8am first trax skiing and snowboarding is available. Early birds catch the Sunburst Express Chairlift to the Sunburst Restaurant for a buffet cooked breakfast before carving first tracks on the mountain. The cost is $16 per adult plus the purchase of a lift pass.

Free Guided Tours of Sun Peaks

The Sun Peaks sun guides offer free mountain tours everyday at 9.15am and 1pm from the Day Lodge. The guides show you the best terrain suited to your skiing or snowboarding ability and if you’re lucky some secret powder stashes!

Other Activites at Sun Peaks

Other activities at Sun Peaks include snow shoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, cat groomer tours, snow tubing, ice skating, bungee trampolining, sleigh rides, cross country skiing and swimming in the out door heated pool at the Sports Centre.

Shopping at Sun Peaks

The Sun Peaks Village has ski and snowboard equipment and rental shops, clothing boutiques, souvenir and gift shops, a chocolate shop, a photography shop, liquor stores and a grocery market.

The Elevation Snowboard Shop has the latest brand demo and rental snowboarding gear while Jardines has the latest skiing equipment and clothing.

Sun Peaks Restaurants

The restaurants in the Sun Peaks Village range from fine dining to family friendly grills, Italian, cafes and takeaway.

The family friendly Mantles Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner it has an authentic brick pizza oven and speciality roasts every night.

The Steakhouse at Sun Peaks Lodge serves the tastiest steaks on the mountain chose from New York, rib eye or ribs. The service is excellent and the atmosphere buzzing.

For fine dining go to the lovely Servus on Creekside serving gourmet cuisine complemented by an excellent wine list.

On the slopes the Sunburst Restaurant located at the top of the Sunburst Express Chairlift has a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains it is open for cooked breakfasts and lunch everyday.

Sun Peaks Nightlife

Bottom’s Bar in the Sundance Lodge has a happy hour every night from lift closing remaining open until 1am.

The most popular and lively night spot in the Sun Peaks Village is Mackdaddy’s Nightclub; it has a huge dance floor and hosts national bands and DJs.

Masa’s Bar serves great pub meals and hosts live bands and comedy acts throughout the season.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
6,824
2,080
Base
4,117
1,255
Average Snowfall
220 inches
Lifts
12
Trails - view map
122
3,678 acres
Terrain %
advanced
32
intermediate
58
beginner
10
Halfpipe
0
Terrain Park
1
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