Sun Peaks

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Angie Horel
SnowPak Local Insider
Angie Horel
Pros
  • Diverse terrain and exceptional grooming
  • Family-friendly resort
  • Fantastic terrain park and tree runs
  • Easily accessible; less than an hour drive from Kamloops Airport
Cons
  • Limited expert terrain
  • Less snowfall than other resorts
  • Long stretches between powder dumps
  • Limited après ski options
Overall
3.9

The second largest ski area in Canada, Sun Peaks is a real family-favorite with tons of crowd-free terrain and perfectly groomed trails to carve or speed on! While the terrain is quite diverse, there is a high concentration of intermediate runs which is particularly perfect for family skiing. Along with its family-friendly slopes, the fantastic ski school, fun kids activities and abundance of ski-in/ski-out accommodation in the cozy village make Sun Peaks an ideal choice for families.  

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

March

March is the best time to visit Sun Peaks as it is often a bit warmer and there is a higher chance of spring snowfall. Spring Break can also get quite busy so it’s ideal to book ahead, although, with so much terrain here, it won’t feel very crowded.

FLY TO

Kamloops Airport

DRIVE/SHUTTLE TO

Sun Peaks (50 minutes)

Base of Sun Peaks (Walk)

  • Variety of hotels, condos and vacation rentals
  • Ski-in/ski-out accommodation available
  • Village offers a range of activities, shops and restaurants

Find accommodations around here

For beginners

Sun Peaks is perfect for beginners with plenty of greens to learn on and nice wide cat tracks to cruise down. Newbies can start off on the mellow Cowabunga and Sunbeam runs off the platter lift. There is also a magic carpet nearby for first-timers while the Rockstar terrain park has beginner-suitable features.

For intermediates

Intermediates are spoilt for choice at Sun Peaks with tons of blue trails spread across the mountain. Sundance to Sunrise is a fun high-speed groomer with a couple of great rollovers, making it our top pick for intermediates at Sun Peaks. Don't be afraid to try out the black diamond runs here as they're considered much easier than other resorts. Gil's Glades is also perfect for those looking for their first side-country experience.

For experts

Advanced and experts won't find much to challenge them at Sun Peaks with black diamonds here being relatively easier than other resorts. The limited steep they do have is fairly open so it's not particularly difficult and with less snowfall than other resorts, it can get quite moguled and hard quickly. To make the most of Sun Peaks and get in some fresh turns, head off-piste or make your way in the hallways down the trees that separate runs! Just watch out for some cross cut ditches!

Find freshies

The best spot to find freshies is off-piste and in the hallways down the trees that separate runs. It's easy to get choked out of trees though if you can find the ones with hallways (and those with some glading) then that's where the powder will be, even a couple of days after fresh snowfall.

Ditch the crowds

With so much skiable terrain, Sun Peaks doesn't see many crowds. If there are any, the best spot to avoid them is over on the Morrisey side. The lifts here might be a bit slower and older but it's always a little quieter than the rest of the mountain. It's also handy to note, the platter lift after 4:00pm can get quite busy with beginners taking last laps and others using it to access their accommodation.

Non skiers

Non-skiers will have plenty of activities to choose from at Sun Peaks including tubing, ice skating, dog-sledding, swimming at the pool and leisure center and even lift-accessed cross-country skiing.

Families

Sun Peaks is known for its family-friendliness thanks to its great facilities and slopes. Our top trails for families is anything off the Sunburst Express or Sundance Express. Both are fast lifts that serve a variety of trails from greens to blacks including tons of side trails for kids. Non-skiers can also watch their little ones ski by themselves off the magic carpet or platter lift. At night, there are fun kids activities available at the Sundance Kids Center.

Sun Peaks vs
Sun PeaksApex Mountain Resort
beginner10 %15 %
intermediate58 %30 %
advanced29 %44 %
expert3 %11 %
total runs135 79
ski area4,270ac 450ac
summit elevation7,060ft 7,135ft
total lifts12 4
child lift ticketFree $66 CAD ($50 USD)
adult lift ticket$95 CAD ($73 USD) $80 CAD ($61 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall148″ 111″

Sun Peaks Reviews

Fabulous 4.4 / 5
based on 29 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Superb!4.9 / 5Jul 06, 2018
Ron P. Ron P.
advanced snowboarder
We had the bezt week ever at Sun Peaks earlier this year. The snow was fresh and soft and deep we had a total ball. The whole town was a buzz with excitement and the hospitality excellent.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Apr 26, 2018
Kevin W. Kevin W.
intermediate snowboarder
Plenty of fresh snow, great open terrain with exciting runs for all levels of snow enthusiasts. Little to no wait for lifts. Really enjoyed my time here. Off-piste terrain was great. Best snow of the season. I would and have recommended it and I will be back.... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Dec 05, 2017
KBKelly B.
intermediate skier
Canada's second largest ski resort, Sun Peaks, is stunningly beautiful! No lift lines, amazing snow, and the friendliest locals and workers you'll ever meet! Want powder? More here than you can imagine. Like groomers? Sun Peaks grommers are known for their nightly ability to create perfect corduroy. All that, only 45 minutes from Kamloops! And... More
Good!3.9 / 5Dec 05, 2017
JBJohn B.
advanced snowboarder
Very long runs, great snow, love the village here! And the telus park is huuuge! Nevermind snowbombing festival is attending here every winter( a snowboarding/ partiers dream paradise) this is an amazing hill with lots of activities.... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Dec 04, 2017
CWCraig W.
intermediate skier
This is a Nice family friendly resort! Their is a good mix of skiing for all the family! Great place and you might meet Olympian Nancy Green whilst out on the runs!... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 30, 2017
TWTyler W.
advanced snowboarder
Great Resort!! The village has a warm home feeling to it during the snowy nights. Not to mention the seemingly endless amount of skiable terrain. Combine that with never really getting stuck in lift lines and this mountain is All-Time!... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 26, 2017
RMRyder M.
intermediate snowboarder
Most daily friendly resort With a great community atmosphere and excellent selection of skiing terrain that caters extensively too sure and snowboarders of all ability's with an host too great events on the regular.... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 25, 2017
JGJeremy G.
beginner snowboarder
Was at Sun Peaks for the snowbombing music festival last year and had an absoutle blast. The dining options were reasonably priced with good options and the lodgings were great. Very accessible to the slopes and reasonably priced for what we got. Plan on going again this year.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 24, 2017
TSTrevor S.
advanced skier
Absolutely an amazing resort. I used to ski here all the time as a kid and recently, after moving out of town, picked skiing back up and I'll always love Sun Peaks. It's my second home. I travel well over 400km just to be able to go and enjoy the gorgeous snow, the people, lifestyle. It's truly a magical place. ... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 23, 2017
MTPMatthew Thomas P.
advanced skier
To be fairly honest, Sun Peaks is just one of the best resorts out there in the terms of accessibility, pricing for lodging and tickets (including renting) and for hosting some greats sponsored/hosted parties! With Snowbombing happening again this year it seriously be something worth going to! My whole life I've skied up there and I've been to a... More

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