Photographer: Ryan Creary/Destination BC

7 Reasons to Visit Sun Peaks in Winter

When snow blankets the mountains and valleys below, it’s time to get outside and embrace the pristine powder. Located in the Thompson Valley, Sun Peaks Resort is the second largest ski area in Canada and a four-season destination brimming with things to do. Here is our list of 7 Reasons to Visit Sun Peaks in Winter.

Thinking of taking a winter road trip? Sun Peaks is located on the North Thompson Valley/Columbia Icefields Parkway Loop.  

1. Vast Mountain Activities

Photographer: Adam Stein

Sun Peaks Resort is host to a wide array of terrain that perfectly congregates the dry powder that the interior of BC is known for. While skiing or snowboarding the downhill terrain, you’ll find everything from corduroy groomers to steep and deep powder turns. The vastness of terrain is illustrated by their 3 mountains, 12 lifts, and 135 trails to explore.

This resort also offers a comprehensive system of trails (37km to be exact) for nordic skiing. The cool, dry environment allows for consistent temperatures. Hop on the Morrisey Express chairlift which takes Nordic skiers to the top of the Holy Cow Trail, or ski to a charm-filled warming hut with the whole family. New to nordic skiing? Check ou the Glenn Bond Ski Camp and let them show you the ropes in the perfect outdoor classroom.

2. That Perfect Holiday Mix: Adrenaline & Luxury

Photographer: Nancy Critchley

Who said a ski vacation couldn’t be relaxing? Unwind after a day on the slopes with a glass of wine or a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow.  Rejuvenate your body and mind with a massage at the Sun Peaks Spa, or stretch it out with Four Winds Massage and Yoga.

3. Delight Your Tastebuds

Indulge your senses with a First Tracks Breakfast, giving you exclusive access to exceptional alpine terrain or enjoy a Fondue Dinner accompanied by live music before skiing down under the stars to end your day. If you’re a wine lover, make sure you check out the best the Valley has to offer at the Okanagan Winter Wine Festival, hosted every January.

4. There’s Something For Everyone (even if feet of snow isn’t your thing)

Photographer: Kelly Funk

Not much of a skier? No problem! You can still have fun on the mountain with the vast array of winter activities on offer. New this year is an NHL-sized outdoor skating rink and guided ice fishing tours (perfect for that guys trip). Try your hand at snowshoeing scenic trails, snowbiking, or get on a winter segway tour. Embrace your inner adventurer on an exhilarating dog sled tour with Mountain Man Adventures (they might even let you drive the sled, weather permitting!).

5. US Travelers – Your Dollar Goes Further!

For all our American friends south of the border, it’s a great time to travel as you’ll get more bang for your buck. One US Dollar will currently get you approximately 30% more in Canada. If your dollar can go further, why not make the most of it?

6. You Can Bring the Kids, Too!

With ample activities and entertainment options, you’ll have the kids smiling long after the lifts have closed. Get the adrenalin pumping on a bungee trampoline, at the tube park, or during a family fun night at the skating rink. Want to enjoy that fondue dinner? Drop the kids of at Sundance Kids Centre where they’ll have dinner, play games, and make new friends!

7. It’s Easy to Get to!

Photographer: Ryan Creary

Whether you’re planning the ultimate winter road trip, or flying in for the weekend, getting there is easy. It is the closest Interior BC resort to the lower mainland, and with gateway airports in both Kamloops and Kelowna, Sun Peaks is accessible from around the world. Both airports offer daily* shuttle service when booked in advance, and the resort offers its own transit service so getting around is nice and easy.

Making the most of the snow this season? Make sure you tag us @discoverroute97 or #Route97 so we can share in all your winter fun.