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Sun Peaks – A Kamloops Ski Resort In 21 Photos

Sun Peaks – A Kamloops Ski Resort in 21 Photos

With 135 trails covering the full gamut from perfect corduroy groomers to long cruisers, glades, bumps and powder, Sun Peaks, a Kamloops ski resort, earns the title as Canada’s second largest ski resort. Along with its three mountains and a cute, colourful European style village, its got Nancy Greene. She’s a gold medal Olympic athlete, Canadian senator and mountain host extraordinaire.

Sun Peaks is about a 50 minute drive from Kamloops and its airport. Take a shuttle to keep life simple as you won’t need a car once you reach the village. You can count on a stress free vacation at Sun Peaks with everything you need from ski rentals to groceries, restaurants, cafes and shops all within a few minutes’ walk.

Cross-country skiing at Sun Peaks is sublime

A big attraction to this Kamloops ski resort – at least for me – is the out of this world cross-country skiing. With over 34 kilometres of lovingly groomed trails, any Nordic skier will be in heaven here.

With your Nordic pass you can take the Morrisey Express Chairlift to the top and the start of the Holy Cow run. Signage is excellent. Spend the next few hours skiing back to the village – past trees heavy with snow on wide trails that both classic and skate skiers can use. It’s as close to heaven I’ve been on skis.

Off of Holy Cow look for a number of backcountry trails if you’re after a longer day. However, you really need to be prepared and there’s a good chance you’ll have to break trail. Near the bottom of Holy Cow, take the time and detour to the comfy McGillvary Lake Outpost. You may have to pinch yourself at day’s end that these trails are indeed real.

Downhill skiing at Sun Peaks

Skiing at Sun Peaks is truly superb, my favourite in all of Canada. On a recent bluebird day, wait times were never more than 30 seconds and most hills were close to empty. Three days after a recent snowfall powder stashes could still be found. Amazing! Photographers will love the snow ghosts you see at the top. 

For information about opening hours, ticket prices and more be sure to visit the Sun Peaks website.

Enjoy the splendour of Sun Peaks, a truly beautiful Kamloops ski resort in these 21 gorgeous photos.

Early morning before the lifts have opened at Sun Peaks, a Kamloops Ski Resort

Early morning before the lifts have opened

 Expertly groomed corduroy and lots of it is what you'll find at Sun Peaks - the Kamloops ski resort

Expertly groomed corduroy and lots of it is what you’ll find at Sun Peaks – the Kamloops ski resort

Nothing but snow ghosts at the top of Crystal Chair at the Kamloops Ski Resort

Nothing but snow ghosts at the top of Crystal Chair

Great combo of bluebird skiing days, empty hills and perfectly groomed runs at the Kamloops ski resort

Great combo of bluebird skiing days, empty hills and perfectly groomed runs

You can see as far as Wells Gray Provincial Park from Sun Peaks, a Kamloops ski resort

You can see as far as Wells Gray Provincial Park from Sun Peaks

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

This is what a Thursday in January looks like

Snow ghosts reflections at the Kamloops ski resort

Snow ghosts reflections

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Perfection!

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

A warming hut near the Morrisey Express chair

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Skiing “Back in Time”

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Looking out to the cloud filled Shuswap Valley

Everything is within a few minutes walk in the village of Sun Peaks - a Kamloops ski resort

Everything is within a few minutes walk in the village of Sun Peaks – and yes you can ski through the village

Get your coffee and memorable pastry fix at Bolacco Cafe in the village

Get your coffee and memorable pastry fix at Bolacco Cafe in the village

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Any of the groomed trails can accommodate skate skiers as well as class cross-country skiers

• The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Take the Morrisey Chairlift to access the Holy Cow trail

• The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

This is heaven on skis

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

You won’t want to leave the top section of Holy Cow when you get views like this

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Does cross-country skiing get better than this?

Look for signage at the start of the ungroomed backcountry trails at the Kamloops Ski Resort

Look for signage at the start of the ungroomed backcountry trails

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

The McGillivray Lake Outpost – a cozy warming hut

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

The Nordic ski trails start and end at the Covered Bridge

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Where to stay at Sun Peaks Resort

There is a huge range of accommodation options from full home rentals, condos to hotels in the village where you’ll never need a car.

I stayed at Sun Peaks Lodge. It’s a three star hotel – not fancy – but more than alright with a great location within walking distance of everything.

Further reading on winter adventures in British Columbia

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Sun Peaks, The 2nd largest ski resort in Canada

 

 

 

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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