Kamloops Airport is the easiest place to fly into to reach Sun Peaks Ski Resort.
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Sun Peaks is the second largest skiable area in British Columbia and third largest in Canada. 3,678 skiable acres of terrain, 882 meters of vertical, 122 runs, including 12 designated glade areas
The village at Sun Peaks is built in a circular 360 degree format. Three mountains surround it, so it's easy to navigate and great for ski in and ski out.
Sun Peaks has one large hotel and many other hotel/condo places to stay.
The Delta is the only true hotel at Sun Peaks.
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The Delta is ski in/ski out, but since the village is pedestrian only, the whole village is really ski in/ski out.
Rooms at The Delta face both the village and the mountain.
The Delta also has large conference facilties.
There are over 20 restaurants in the village.
The village is small enough, you can walk just about anywhere within 5-10 minutes.
Everything at the village is new within the past 10-12 years.
Even though Kamloops is a mere 35 miles away, there can be a huge temperature and snowfall difference between it and Sun Peaks.
With over 200" of snow each year, Sun Peaks is the definition of winter wonderland.
Sun Peaks has over 122 runs.
10% of the runs are green, 58% are blue and 32% are black/double black.
The ski runs traverse both sides of the resort. The ski center is at the very base of the village.
The longest run at Sun Peaks is 5 miles long. You'll spend more time on the snow than on the lift.
Here's a good view of the village below. The resort is located at the end of a valley road, so there's only one way in and one way out.
The Burfield Lift was at one time the longest ski lift in North America. Originally built in 1961, it still takes 23 minutes to reach the top of the lift. The base of the list is at 3930 feet and at the top the elevation is 6824 feet.
23 minutes can be an eternity on a chair lift, especially when the outside temperature is below 0F.
On some days, you'll get elevational fog. It can be hard to see at times.
Sun Peaks also has 12 "glade runs" for those that like to ski through trees.
When you finally reach the top of the Burfield Lift, it's almost like skiing off into nowheresville.
When there's a lot of snow, the trees can take on shapes of their own. This looks a bit like a camel sitting on the ground.
There are times when you're at the top of the mountain the sun will be out an shining, but down below, it will be cloudy.
The top is a great place to just sit and take in the views of the valley. On clear days you can see miles and miles.
The nice thing about Sun Peaks is in being such a large resort, you never have to worry too much about it being "crowded" on the slopes.
The five mile run can reached from two different lifts. If you start off of the Burfield Chair, you can ski down the entire five miles.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding at Sun Peaks, you can also snow bike.
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Snowbiking has become popular in the last 5-6 years in the US and Canada.
Before you can rent a snowbike, you must first take a mandatory class.
Once you take the class, you'll receive a license from Snowbike headquarters in Europe that can be used at other resorts.
Sun Peaks is a multi-activity resort, so there's more to do that just ski….for example, you can go dog sledding.
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