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Sun Peaks

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Sun peaks
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 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.
Airplane

FLY TO

Kamloops Airport

Car

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 119
ski area4,270ac 450ac
summit elevation7,060ft 7,135ft
total lifts12 4
child lift ticketFree $66 CAD ($51 USD)
adult lift ticket$95 CAD ($74 USD) $80 CAD ($62 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall148″ 111″

Sun Peaks Reviews

Fabulous

4.4 / 5

based on 28 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
Have your say on Sun Peaks
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
DBDavid B.
advanced skier
Great family destination with great snow. A little tough getting there in the winter but well worth it. The snow in middle bc is much better than in the coast range. We had fresh powder almost every day! With the great exchange rate and really reasonable lodging, it's tough to beat. Plus a 5 minute walk to the lift from the condo is awesome. ... More
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
DBDustin B.
advanced skier
Sun peaks has a wide variety of activities ranging from beginner to advanced skiing and snowboarding, to segway adventures, biking, hiking, and much more. It is a family friendly resort, with a very welcoming feel year round. It will leave you wanting to come back time and time again.... More
Superb!

4.8 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
SZSiyao Z.
advanced skier
Sun Peaks is one of the best ski resort in British Columbia. Doesn't matter what level you are, you can always find a suitable run. It is a prefect place for a weekend of get away.... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 24, 2017
APAaron P.
So much beautiful terrain to explore. Can always fine sweet sweet powder. If you like the glades there's some great ones to ride at sun peaks. Great food and drinks at local eateries .
Average!

3 / 5

Oct 21, 2017
JPJamie P.
Very well kept and nice people. The close proximity to kamloops makes it perfect for a day trip or staying at the resort makes it nice for out of town visitors. With anything from mild green runs to more difficult double blacks makes it perfect for skiiers of all abilities.
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 16, 2017
SOSean O.
Second biggest terrain in Canada but better snow than the #1 resort Whistler. Lots of pockets of off-piste and seems like annual terrain expansions on the Morrissey side. Runs for family fun or weekend warrior faces to challenge a buddy
Average!

3 / 5

Oct 09, 2017
CBCasey B.
This is a decent mountain. They can get dry snow all season, but the problem is getting enough of it. When they do the skiing here is great. I love the glade skiing on this mountain.
Very Good!

4 / 5

Oct 09, 2017
SKShawn K.
It's in the desert so the snow is dry and lasts for weeks !! There's 4 mountains to explore , and the out of bounds on Mt Morrissey is some of the best runs of my life . I moved there for two seasons. Most people stay on the trails , so if you like trees , get there ,! Great run called Avalanche in the closed area
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