Ski Sun Peaks, British Columbia

Sun Peaks Resort offers some superb skiing with surprising diversity across its three mountains.  There are gladed areas, steep runs, cruisers and alpine bowls.  It’s called Sun Peaks for a reason, with an average of 2,000 sunshine hours per year.  The average temperature in January is -6.7C (21F) however when we skied there in late January 2013, the thermometer climbed higher than this on most days, which were often sunny and calm.

Sun Peaks Village

Sun Peaks Village

Nestled at the base of the three mountains is the Sun Peaks Village (1255 m/4116 ft), allowing ski in/ski out accommodation.  This modern purpose-built village has been developed since 1993 when Nippon Cable Company purchased what was then called Tod Mountain.

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Village Central

Village Central

Sunburst Express (Mt Tod)

Sunburst Express (Mt Tod)

SunPeaks’ three mountains are Mt Tod (top elevation 2152m), Sundance (1730m) and Mt Morrisey (1675m).  Together they make up the second largest ski area in British Columbia.

Top of Sunburst Express

Top of Sunburst Express

Broadway (Mt Tod)

Broadway (Mt Tod)

Sun Peaks has 10% learner slopes, 58% intermediate and 32% advanced.  Broadway is classified a black run (advanced).

West Bowl T-Bar slope, high on Mt Tod

West Bowl T-Bar slope, high on Mt Tod

Headwalls on Mt Tod

Headwalls on Mt Tod

Nancy Greene

Nancy Greene (in red)

Nancy Greene is a champion Canadian Olympic skier, who won gold (giant slalom) and silver (slalom) at the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics.  She and her husband Al Raine have been active in developing Whistler and Sun Peaks resorts.  They operate Cahilty Lodge (where we stayed) at Sun Peaks.  They live in the Lodge and meet guests regularly to share a glass of wine.  Nancy also arranges to meet groups of skiers on the slopes, and spends time skiing with them.  She has been a member of the Canadian Senate since 2009. She is aged 69.

Village central, Cahilty Lodge on the right

Village central, Cahilty Lodge on the right

Snow ghosts

Snow ghosts

Sundance Express (Sundance Mountain)

Sundance Express  leading up  Sundance Mountain

Village housing from the trail to Mt Morrisey

Village housing from the trail to Mt Morrisey

Village Day Lodge

Village Day Lodge

Groomers in action

Groomers setting off for a night’s work

Village by night

Village by night

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