Sun Peaks Resort

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Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks Downtown.jpg
Location British Columbia, Canada
Nearest city Kamloops, 50 km (31 mi)
Coordinates 50°53′38″N 119°53′35″W / 50.89389°N 119.89306°W / 50.89389; -119.89306 (Sun Peaks Resort)
Vertical 882 m (2,893 ft)
Top elevation 2,152 m (7,060 ft)
Base elevation 1255 m (4,117 ft)
Skiable area 3,678 acres (1,488 ha)
Runs 122 including 12 gladed areas
10% beginner
58% intermediate
32% expert
Longest run 8 km (5.0 mi)
Lift system 11 total
3 detachable quads
2 quads
1 triple
5 surface lifts
Lift capacity 12,000 riders per hour
Snowfall 559 cm (220 in, 18 feet)
Website Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort is an alpine ski resort located in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada, 50 km northeast of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

The summit of the ski area is at an elevation of 2,080 m (6,824 ft), with an 881 m (2,891 ft) vertical rise from the base of the peak. Sun Peaks Resort has 15 square kilometres (3,678 acres) of skiable terrain, and receives an average of 5.6 m (220 in) of snow per year. The resort has 11 lifts with a total capacity of 11,000 riders per hour with the Burfield chair being the longest at 23 minutes total ride. There are 122 runs, including 12 gladed areas and 40 km of cross country trails. Sun Peaks area averages over 2000 hours of sun a year. The ski area comprises three mountains: Tod Mountain, Sundance Mountain, and Mt. Morrisey.

Prior to July 1993, Sun Peaks was known simply as Tod Mountain, named after the highest ski mountain at the resort. The first chair lift, the Burfield chair, as well as the Burfield lodge, opened in 1961. In 1968, the lift was damaged by fire and was forced to close for repairs until December 1970. In 1992, Tod Mountain was purchased by Nippon Cable Company Ltd. of Tokyo. Also since 1992, Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd. has acted as prime consultant and project planners for the transformation of the Tod Mountain Ski Area into Sun Peaks Resort.

Downhill Ski Trails[edit]

Green Blue Black Double Black
5 Mile Harry's Run (Located in West Bowl) Back Door Kookamungas
Cahilty Long Draw (Located in West Bowl) Chief Green Door
Crystal Lane Fall Line (Located in West Bowl) Chief Shoulder Challenger
Crystal Cat Track The Spine (Located in West Bowl) Nose Of The Chief Freddy's Nightmare
Connector Short Draw (Located in West Bowl) Juniper Ridge Expo
Burfield Outrun Round A Bout Toilet Bowl Static Cling
Homesteader Mid Mountain Sunny Side Spin Cycle
Home Instead Crystal Run Father Tom's Cover Shot
Rambler Blue Line Roller Coaster
East Village Ski Way West Bushwacker High-Voltage
Sundance Return Lunch Time Highway 22
To Sundance Estates Last Chance Highway 22B
Mt Morrisey Connector The Other Way Highway 22A
The Sticks OSV (Used for Racing) Crystal Bowl (Bowl)
Home Run Distributor East Bushwacker
Fairways Ski Back Alley Headwalls
Downtown Trans Canada Sacred Line
Anticipation Ridge Hat Trick
Cowabunga Runaway Lane Chute
Sunbeam Blazer Spillway
Gentle Giant Cruiser Rice Bowl
Exhibition Pink Flamingos
Grannie Greene's Upper Half
Sun Downer Cariboo
Sun Catcher Bluff
Sunshine Intimidator
Sundance 5th Avenue
Sunrise Broadway
Three Bears Tighten Yer Boots
Carpe Diem Peak-A-Boo
Chikamichi Agitator
Ça M'a Fait Plaisir
Fair Dinkum
Cześć
Ausfahrt
Delta's Return
Mid-Life Crisis
Showboat
C.C. Riders
Telly Gram
Still Smokin'
I'Dunno
Out Of The Woods
Second Growth
Back In Time

Other facilities[edit]

Sun Peaks golf course at sunset

Sun Peaks Mountain Bike Park[edit]

As well as skiing, Sun Peaks also operates a downhill mountain bike park with over 2000 vertical feet of terrain. The Sunburst Express quad chair takes riders to a trails park up top, and then leaves the rider with over 29 trails to choose from. There is a hybrid of downhill and technical, mixing steeps with small drops and tight corners. Sun peaks joins the growing list of ski resorts that created bike runs in the summer.

Golf Course[edit]

Sun peaks has a 6,400 yard, 18-hole golf course. It is also the highest elevation course in British Columbia at over 1,200 meters above sea level.

Tubing[edit]

In 2003 Sun Peaks opened "Tube Time" to allow for recreational tubing at the resort.

Panorama of Sun Peaks resort as seen from the Tod Mountain early morning in autumn.

Ski Lifts[edit]

Sun Peaks Resort offers twelve ski lifts on all three mountains, Tod, Sundance and Morrisey.

  • Sunburst Bubble 4 Seater Detachable - Doppelmayr - 1993 - Tod Mountain
  • Sundance 4 Seater Detachable - Doppelmayr - 1995 - Sundance Mountain
  • Burfield 4 Seater Fixed Grip - Doppelmayr - 1998 - Tod Mountain
  • Crystal 3 Seater Fixed Grip - Doppelmayr - 1979 - Tod Mountain
  • Elevation 4 Seater Fixed Grip - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Tod Mountain
  • Morrisey 4 Seater Detachable - Doppelmayr - 2002 - Morrisey Mountain
  • West Bowl T-Bar Surface Lift - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Tod Mountain
  • Village Platter Surface Lift - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Sundance Mountain
  • Village Carpet Surface Lift - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Sundance Mountain
  • Tube Time Carpet Surface Lift - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Sundance Mountain
  • Morrisey Platter Surface lift - Doppelmayr - 2002 - Morrisey Mountain

Removed Ski Lifts

  • Original Burfield 2 Seater Fixed Grip - Murray-Latta - 1961 - Tod Mountain (REPLACED WITH CURRENT BURFIELD)
  • Shuswap 2 Seater Fixed Grip - Hall - 1971 - Tod Mountain (REPLACED WITH CURRENT SUNBURST SKI LIFT)
  • Original Sundance 4 Seater Fixed Grip - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Sundance Mountain (REPLACED WITH CURRENT SUNDANCE)
  • Broadway T-Bar - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Tod Mountain (MOVED TO WEST BOWL)

Photo gallery[edit]

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