With 135 trails covering the full gamut from perfect corduroy groomers to long cruisers, glades, bumps and powder, Sun Peaks 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, 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.

The other huge attraction to Sun Peaks – at least for me – is the out of this world cross-country skiing. With your Nordic pass you can take a chairlift to the start of the Holy Cow run and then spend the next few hours skiing back to the village. It’s as close to heaven I’ve been on skis.

Read the full story on the Snowseeker’s website on what’s it like to experience Sun Peaks two ways – on both downhill and cross-country skis. If you get the bluebird days with the snow that I had, you’ll never want to leave.

Enjoy the splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in these 21 gorgeous photos.

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Early morning before the lifts have opened

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Expertly groomed corduroy and lots of it is what you’ll find at Sun Peaks

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Nothing but snow ghosts at the top of Crystal Chair

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

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

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

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

• The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

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

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

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

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

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?

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

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

Have you skied at Sun Peaks yet?

The Splendour of Sun Peaks Resort in 21 Gorgeous Photos

Leigh McAdam

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