Winter means snow, snow means skiing and that means
|Rolling hills and valleys on Heffley Louis Creek Road|
Kamloops sky is blue with
sunshine making today a perfect day for a drive up to .
The views on the way up offer some great photo opportunities but I am anxious
to get to Sun Peaks while the sun is still shining and
getting the best chance of some great photos. Sun Peaks
|Sun Peaks ski hill on a cloudy day, Kamloops, BC|
The low lying clouds up ahead were moving in and as we drove into the village of Sun Peaks, there was no sun to be seen but there was fresh snow on the hill, which is a good thing, too. The clouds in
will never discourage true skiers, there is a full parking lot so that meant
that skiers had come up for this mid week day early in the season to begin
their ski season. Sun Peaks
|Snow boards and skis wait for the next run|
There had been a time when we spent most Sundays here, pre Sun Peaks Resort, when it was
with the Burfield
Lodge and a couple of ski lifts. Although we are no longer skiers, we have some
great family memories. Skiing is a sport
that can be enjoyed by all ages and the snowboards also seem to be very popular
not only with the young. Mt.
|Alpine Trail Map of Sun Peaks|
Sun Peaks Resort has grown over the past several years, and looking at the map of the ski hills, shows a zillion more routes to ski than there used to be. There are 124 trails including 13 glade areas, which are the ones not regularly patrolled, so never ski those alone. Most of those trails are above the clouds today, now that would make some great photos! Fresh new snow and sunshine while looking down on the clouds!
|Ski-in to the village at Sun Peaks, Kamloops, BC|
There are all kinds of reasons to stay at
for more than just a day of skiing.
There are hotels, hostels, B&B’s, inns, lodges, condo and town
homes, too for overnight visits. Many of
them are ski-in and ski-out which sounds like the best way to go. There are
restaurants and nightclubs, too, as well as many events to enjoy all through
the seasons. Sun Peaks
|Lunch at Mesa's Grill in Sun Peaks|
The day wouldn’t be right if we didn’t spend some time sitting and watching the kids enjoy the bunny hill and others skiing out of the clouds to the bottom of the hill. The best way to do that was while we enjoyed some lunch at
Mesa’s Grill, great service and food, too. There are a total of 11 lifts including 5 quad
chairs on the 3 mountains of including the Sundance
Express seen from our viewpoint in the village.
Peaks is the tallest peak sitting above
the clouds today with an elevation of 2152 m (7060’). There are
plans for opening up more runs on Mt. Tod and Mt. Morrisey, elevation 1675m
(5495’), coming soon. Mt. Tod
|Alpine Village at Sun Peaks, Kamloops, BC|
The village is quiet today but stores are open for business, and they offer great services and merchandise, be sure to visit them while you’re visiting the alpine village at Sun Peaks Resort. There is also an outdoor skating facility, tube park, a sports centre with a heated outdoor pool and the
for child minding. Sundance Kids Center
is a great place to visit for every member of the family, even if you’re not a skier. Sun Peaks
|Platter and Carpet Lift at Sun Peaks|
The enthusiastic young group on the ‘bunny hill’ is having a great time and use a conveyor belt to get back up the hill. That is something I’d not seen before, but it has been awhile since I’d been on a bunny hill and a lot has changed since then. Wish they had them when I was struggling to stay upright holding onto that t-bar! Not all ski memories are good ones. (:
|Mandatory for winter driving|
We turned off the
Highway at Heffley Creek to follow Tod Mountain Rd.
and it was right at this junction that we were stopped in a road block on our
way to .
The time had come for the winter tires or chains to be put on the cars
and trucks, and there was no passing this location unless that had been
done. The roads may look good to this
point but winter conditions have arrived in the mountains and care must be
taken. Sun Peaks
We had a great visit to
in spite of the lack of sunshine and know you will, too. Winter has arrived so let the fun begin. To
learn more, visit the Sun Peaks website. Sun Peaks
Just another reason why we love