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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 ($72 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
Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 22, 2017
CChris
beginner snowboarder
Most fun i have had outside of vancouver. My experience and trips are limited but i had such a good time at sun peaks. and when i hurt myself the ski patrol was amazing and courtious. ... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 21, 2017
BCBen C.
advanced skier
Sun peaks is a great resort with a lot of different types of terrain. My favorite is there is alot of skiable trees that not many people go in and give you a totally different skiing experience than sticking to normal runs. The village is nice and the pubs there have good food and cold beer!... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 20, 2017
BGBen G.
advanced snowboarder
Love the resort and have lived up there In the past. Awesome night life, great dining options and awesome staff where ever you go. Lots of terrain to explore at various riding abilities... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 19, 2017
AMAdrian M.
intermediate snowboarder
Sun Peaks has something for everyone from beginner to advanced. Seemingly endless terrain to enjoy. Whether you want to challenge yourself or just cruise. And don't forget about the aprés ski. Great village with great food and great people. Highly recommended. ... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 17, 2017
ASAndre S.
advanced skier
The best resort ever for families. The village is very compact and nicely decorated. Most of the hoisings are ski in ski oit. The snow is just a powder. Very close to the main highway... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 12, 2017
OOliver
expert snowboarder
Great resort. Not a lot of people to wait for lift. The line up for lift is usually less than 5 minutes. There aren't a lot of park features but there's a lot of terrain. The Gil area is worth the short hike. It is usually less people so more power. Another great hidden run is the mountain bike trail called the sweet one. Its across the bottom of... More
Superb!5 / 5Nov 09, 2017
JRJaycon R.
advanced snowboarder
Took a trip last January to Sun Peaks with my girlfriend and it was an amazing trip. We are heading back there again this year! Easily accesible. Many rental spots available that back onto the slopes. The town is very quiet at night, very peaceful. The mountain itself is great for all stages of riders. They have a medical staff team right... More
Fabulous!4.4 / 5Nov 09, 2017
ICIan C.
advanced skier
Awesome hill would highly recommend!! Great beginner hill with lots of variety of terrain for any skill level of skier/boarder. Nice fluffy champagne snow on powder days with lots of tree runs!... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Nov 08, 2017
CMCorbin M.
beginner snowboarder
Always a good time up at sun peaks, great snow, tonnes of terrain, and its great for the all around rider. The chair lifts seem to be fairly speedy aswell. ... More
Superb!4.6 / 5Nov 08, 2017
JFJosh F.
advanced skier
Sun peaks is less than an hour drive from Kamloops airport. It boasts the second largest in bound area in North America. Weekend lift lines are 5-10minutes at main lifts, and all lifts are usually walk on during weekdays. Well worth the visit!... More

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