Sun Peaks Resort

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Sun Peaks Resort
Feb 7 full moon.jpg (1).jpg
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Nearest major cityKamloops, 56 km (35 mi)
Coordinates50°53′38″N 119°53′35″W / 50.89389°N 119.89306°W / 50.89389; -119.89306
Vertical882 m (2,894 ft)
Top elevation2,152 m (7,060 ft)
Base elevation1,255 m (4,117 ft)
Skiable area4,270 acres (1,730 ha)
Runs137 including 17 gladed areas
10% beginner
58% intermediate
32% expert
Longest run8 km (5.0 mi)
Lift system13 total
3 detachable quads
3 quads
1 triple
6 surface lifts
Lift capacity12,000 riders per hour
Snowfall559 cm (220 in)
Websitesunpeaksresort.com

Sun Peaks Resort is an alpine ski resort located in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada, 56 km (35 mi) northeast of Kamloops.

The summit of the ski area is at an elevation of 2,080 m (6,820 ft), with an 881 m (2,890 ft) vertical rise from the base of the peak. The resort has 16 square kilometres (6.2 sq mi) of skiable terrain (second largest in Canada), and receives an average of 5.6 m (18 ft) of snow per year. Sun Peaks area averages over 2000 hours of sun a year.

The resort has 13 lifts with a total capacity of 13,400 riders per hour, with the Burfield chair being the longest at 23 minutes total ride. There are 137 runs, including 16 gladed areas and 40 km (25 mi) of cross country trails. The ski area comprises three mountains: Tod Mountain, Sundance Mountain, and Mt. Morrisey.

History[edit]

The ski resort is being constructed on unceded Secwepemc First Nation ("Shuswap") land as a part of historical colonialism against Canadian indigenous peoples by European colonists. The land is part of ongoing land claims settlement negotiations between the Canadian First Nations in British Columbia and the governments of British Columbia and Canada. 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 of Tokyo. 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.

The Burfield chair is the longest fixed grip chairlift in North America, and is the 9th longest in travel length (9,510 ft (2,900 m).[1]

Nancy Greene Raine is the Director of Skiing at the resort.

In 2014, the previously out-of-bounds area known as Gil's was added to the in-bounds area of the resort.[2]

Downhill ski trails[edit]

Green Blue Black Double Black
5 Mile Alley 5th Avenue Challenger
Anticipation Ausfahrt Agitator Challenger Glades
Burfield Outrun Back In Time Back Door Chute
Cahilty Blazer Bluff Expo
Connector Blazer Glades Bluff Glades Green Door
Cowabunga Blue Line Broadway In Tatters
Crystal Lane Cahilty Glades Bug Out Glades Kookamungas
Downtown C.C. Riders Cariboo Offset
East Village Ski Way Ça M'a Fait Plaisir Cariboo Glades Static Cling
Fairways Ski Back Carpe Diem Chief Terrain Park- Black Zone
Gentle Giant Chikamichi Chief Shoulder
Home Instead Cruiser Coquihalla
Home Run Cruiser Glades Coquihalla Glades
Homesteader Crystal Run Cover Shot
Mt. Morrisey Connector Cześć Crystal Bowl
Rambler Distributor East Bushwacker
Sunbeam Exhibition Father Tom's
Sundance Return Exhibition Glades Hat Trick
Terrain Park (Green Zone) Fair Dinkum Headwalls
The Sticks Fall Line (West Bowl) Highway 22
Grand Return Highway 22a
Grand Return Glades Highway 22b
Grannie Greene's Inner Gil's Glades
Grannie Greene's Glades Intimidator
Harry's Run (West Bowl) Juniper Ridge
Hot Shot Lint Trap
Hully Gully Main Face Glades
Lone Fir Centre Nose of the Chief
Lone Fir West Peak-A-Boo
Lonesome Fir Glades Pink Flamingos
Long Draw (West Bowl) Rice Bowl
Lunch Time Roller Coaster
Mid Mountain Sacred Line
Mid-Life Crisis Spillway
Munro Ridge Spin Cycle
OSV (Race Training) Sting
Out Of The Woods Sunny Side
Round A Bout Tighten Yer Boots
Runaway Lane Toilet Bowl
Runaway Lane Glades Tumble Dry
Second Growth White Rabbit
Shiner Wringer
Short Draw (West Bowl)
Shortcut
Showboat
Still Smokin'
Sun Catcher
Sun Downer
Sundance
Sunrise
Telly Gram
Terrain Park- Blue Zone
The Other Way
The Spine
Three Bears
Three Bears Glades
Trans Canada
West Bushwacker
Westsyde

Other facilities[edit]

Sun Peaks golf course at sunset

Sun Peaks Mountain Bike Park[edit]

In addition to skiing, Sun Peaks also operates a downhill mountain bike park with over 2,000 vertical feet of terrain. The Sunburst Express quad chair takes riders to a trail park at the top.

Golf course[edit]

Sun Peaks has a 6,400 yard, 18-hole golf course. It is the highest elevation course in British Columbia, at over 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above sea level.[3]

Tubing[edit]

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

Banked slalom[edit]

In 2016, a new permanent banked slalom course was opened alongside the Sundowner and Suncatcher runs.

Sun Peaks snow ghosts

Ski lifts[edit]

Sun Peaks has an all-Doppelmayr fleet of twelve ski lifts on all three mountains, Tod, Sundance and Morrisey.

Lifts at Sun Peaks Resort
Name Lift type Opening date Location
Sunburst Express High speed quad 1993 Tod Mountain
Sundance Express High speed quad 1995 Sundance Mountain
Burfield Fixed grip quad 1998 Tod Mountain
Crystal Fixed grip quad 2020 Tod Mountain
Elevation Fixed grip quad 2006 Tod Mountain
Morrisey Express High speed quad 2002 Morrisey Mountain
West Bowl T-Bar Surface lift 1993 Tod Mountain
Village Platter Surface Lift 1993 Sundance Mountain
Village Carpet Magic Carpet [citation needed] Sundance Mountain
Tube Time Carpet Magic Carpet [citation needed] Sundance Mountain
Morrisey Platter Surface Lift Surface lift 2002 Morrisey Mountain
Orient Fixed grip quad 2018 Sundance Mountain, Orient Ridge

Removed ski lifts:

  • Original Crystal - triple chairlift - Doppelmayr - 2020 - Tod Mountain (replaced by Crystal)
  • Original Burfield - double chairlift - Murray-Latta - 1961 - Tod Mountain (replaced by Burfield)
  • Shuswap - double chairlift - Hall - 1971 - Tod Mountain (replaced by Sunburst Express)
  • Original Sundance - fixed grip quad - Doppelmayr - 1993 - Sundance Mountain (replaced by Sundance Express and relocated to Burfield)
  • Broadway T-Bar - Doppelmayr - 1979 - Tod Mountain (relocated to West Bowl)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Ten Longest Chairlifts in North America". 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ Hill, Cale (22 December 2014). "Locals not loving Gil's access".
  3. ^ http://www.sunpeaksresort.com/summer/golf/

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