News from the snow
Sun Peaks Canada
Sun Peaks has grown rapidly to become one of Canada and the world's leading resorts. The resorts has expanded dramatically over the past decade with more than $500m invested, strengthening its appeal as the major four-season destination resort in the interior of British Columbia. With around 4,000 acres of terrain, this is now Canada's third largest ski area. The resort has built its reputation on a combination of first class service, state-of-the-art facilities at the base of the mountain, superb skiing over a large ski area - now covering three mountains - blessed with an average 559cm (220 inches) of light dry powder in an average winter and somehow finding time to fit in 2000 hours of sunshine annually too. Much of the resort itself is brand new and all the lodging is slopeside too. Investments have included lift and trail development on Sun Peaks third mountain (Mt. Morrissey) with over 500 acres of skiable terrain added, bringing the total skiable terrain to around 3,700 acres - second only in British Columbia to Whistler. The continuing investment is part of a master plan to eventually combine five skiable mountains, a full-facility resort village and 21st Century resort technology with a diverse list of four-season recreational, educational and entertainment facilities Sun Peaks was originally called Tod Mountain when it was established in 1961. The resort was purchased by Nippon Cable in 1992, and renamed as part of an extensive resort development plan. The main ski mountain remains 'Tod Mountain'. The name Tod came from a famous fur trader, John Tod, who was a chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company in the early 1840's.
One of the largest ski areas in Canada with light, dry powder spread across three unique mountains. Experience high quality ski in / ski out accommodation.
The top of the mountain has open bowl skiing and there's back country cat skiing just over the ski area boundary. Next to Tod sits Sundance Mountain, home to some of the best groomed runs and terrain parks for children and beginners.
The resort opened its third mountain, Mt. Morrisey, for the 2001-2 season. Mt. Morrisey's 1378ft / 420 m vertical compares favourably with Sundance Mountain across the valley and offers spectacular vistas of Top of the World Mountain at 6824ft / 2080m. Mostly north facing, Morrisey is already famous for its dry powder and glade or tree skiing. Skiers and riders can enjoy the thrill of descending through open forests, but on groomed pitches a treat traditionally reserved for advanced enthusiasts.
In order to make the most of this huge choice you may wish to take a free tour of the mountain first thing in the morning or after lunch with Sun Guides; you also have the opportunity to ski with Canadian Olympic Champion Nancy Greene.
Sun Peaks is also one of the world's few speed skiing centres. Racers use The Headwall track which is fully accessible by two chairlifts with a mid-mountain restaurant next to the finish area for viewing. The track is a steep technical speed course on which racers go from zero km/h to 170 km/h in 8 to 10 seconds.
If you like your skiing a little slower and flatter, check out the 40km of groomed cross country trails.
Once the skis and boards are off there's plenty more fun to be had on and off the snow. The Kids Adventure Park located adjacent to the Sports Centre offers kids snowmobiling and tobogganing, there's also floodlit tubing.
Guests staying in the Delta Hotel will find it has created an environment that makes children feel respected and welcomed. From a delivery of milk and cookies and a personalized welcome card from the chef to a games room, seasonal programming and the Children's Creative Centre, Delta Sun Peaks Resort has been designed with its younger guests in mind. The centre, which is open to children from four to 12 years of age, sits adjacent to the Health Club. Through a large window, parents can keep a watchful eye on their children as they keep fit.
Weekly dining opportunities include a snowshoe walk followed by a traditional fondue.
For sushi check out Horie Sun Lodge and for other Asian cuisine it's Toro.
The resort's nightclub, Club Mackdaddy's, was awarded "Best New Night Club Sound System in North America" by the National Association of Music Merchants at the International Trade Show in Anaheim, California. Scott McDonnell, part owner of the new club said "Our Jazz and Blues nights are when you can really appreciate the systems quality." The 1.2 million dollar night club is located in the Delta Sun Peaks Resort.
Sun Peaks also has a weekly events calendar which includes activities which include casino night, bonfires and torchlit descents.