Sun Peaks is an international four-season resort located at Tod Mountain north of Kamloops on the Thompson Plateau in the BC Interior. Known for its sunny climate and clear skies, Sun Peaks receives more than 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, and more than five metres of snow on three mountains rising above the intimate ski-in/ski-out village. Pathways through the ski village connect over 25 boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafés, and superb four-star hotels.
More than 80 trails and glades cascade from the high alpine of Tod Mountain down to the award-winning pedestrian base village. Winter activities include downhill skiing and snowboarding at a world-class snowboard park, cross-country skiing, Telemark, dogsledding, ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides.
Sun Peaks is just as popular when the snow melts. Summer caters to Mountain bikers, golfers, hikers, tennis players, and horseback riders, who enjoy a background of towering peaks and rich, alpine meadow colours.
The opening of three new hotels and a new base lodge at Sun Peaks, plus the installation of faster, covered lifts means that in the depths of winter, skiers won’t require an infusion of hot chocolate to warm their blood after each run. After all, with 3,000 feet (1000 m) of vertical, Sun Peaks has some of the longest runs in the province.
In the past, Tod Mountain was perceived as a place where a small group of rugged, wild-and-woolly skiers went to enjoy some of the best powder skiing in the province. Sun Peaks has finally brought the mountain to the attention of a wider group, something that’s been promised here for decades.
An extensive network of cross-country trails runs from the village, around the golf course, and through the surrounding forest, posted with trail markers and groomed regularly. A skating rink and a public outdoor hot tub also add to the winter ambience in the valley.
Location: Sun Peaks Resort is located 20 miles (32 km) east of Yellowhead Highway 5 on Heffley Creek Road, and 31.5 miles (50 km) north of Kamloops (45 minutes). Sun Peaks is easily accessible from Vancouver (4-1/2 hours), Seattle (5-1/2 hours), Banff (6-1/2 hours) on the Trans-Canada Highway 1, and from Jasper (5 hours) on the Yellowhead Highway.
Air Canada Regional has connections into Kamloops Airport several times daily from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton (shuttle service from Kamloops Airport). Ski Bus service is also available from Kamloops – tickets purchased directly from the driver.
Sun Peaks Ski Resort is an international four-season resort located at Tod Mountain. Former world ski champion and Olympic gold medalist Nancy Greene Raine is the spokesperson and director of skiing for Sun Peaks Resort. Greene Raine, who first skied at Sun Peaks in 1964 when the Canadian Alpine Championships were held there, describes the resort as mellow, with a relaxed atmosphere. One of the best known names in Canadian skiing, Nancy’s success at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France made a lasting impression on Canadian skiers and non-skiers alike.
Always known for its involvement with racing, Sun Peaks hosts the Grundig Snowboard World Cup. In mid-February, there is the BC Tel Nancy Greene Invitational Fundraiser, a ski race that benefits the local amateur ski club.
The Kids Adventure Park offers mini snowmobiles and a tobogganing slope for children.
Winter Activities: Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, go skating on the night-lit ice-skating rink, or treat yourself to a helicopter sightseeing trip.
Golf: Sun Peaks Resort Golf Course is nestled at the foot of three magnificent mountains, providing a wonderful golf experience in the great outdoors at Sun Peaks. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the challenge of the Graham Cooke designed 18-hole course, which encompasses the rising and falling landscape around McGillivray Creek. Kamloops Golf Vacations.
Farm Guide: Travellers looking for a down-to-earth experience can find a list of resources and activities featured in the Kamloops Farm Fresh Guide. The guide showcases the diversity of life in the Thompson Nicola region, which ranges from wine tasting to guided family horseback rides on a working cattle ranch. Visitors can use the guide (available from Tourism Kamloops) to locate area farmer’s markets and fall fairs, discover fresh-picked fruit and vegetables, farm-raised meat and eggs, and value-added products like honey and jellies.
South of Sun Peaks is the city of Kamloops, the third largest city in the southern interior of BC, and the fifth largest in British Columbia. The landscape is characterized by rivers, mountains, lakes and grasslands, which offer unsurpassed opportunities for year-round outdoor adventure, enough to keep even the most avid outdoor enthusiast busy. Blue skies, endless sunshine, deep powder snow, one thousand lakes and spectacular landscapes make the Kamloops Region the natural place to visit and experience unparalleled adventure opportunities.