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.
This Kamloops Ski Resort is all of about a 50 minute drive from the Kamloops 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.
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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.
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