What sets this Cana­dian des­ti­na­tion apart.

Adventure - - Contents - By Krys­tal Ke­hoe

When you hit the flash­ing 50 kilo­me­tre/hour speed limit sign just be­fore the Sun Peaks vil­lage, pre­pare your­self to en­ter into a dif­fer­ent world. A hid­den gem in the in­te­rior of Bri­tish Columbia, Canada, Sun Peaks is Canada’s sec­ond largest ski area with 4,270 acres of ski ter­rain. Deep steeps, long cruis­ers, in­cred­i­ble tree ski­ing and an enor­mous ter­rain park of­fer a di­verse alpine ex­pe­ri­ence. The ter­rain is spread across three moun­tains that sur­round the ski-through vil­lage, which is not only con­ve­nient, but also fea­tures ar­chi­tec­ture straight out of a fairy tale—the per­fect back­drop for your In­sta­gram feed. Thir­teen lifts, in­clud­ing 6 quad chair­lifts, will get you where you want to go. Whether you’re look­ing for cor­duroy groomers, cham­pagne pow­der, chal­leng­ing moguls or a 10-acre top-to­bot­tom ter­rain park, look no fur­ther than Sun Peaks. And, while you’re there, why not throw in an in-bound Gil’s hike just af­ter lunch? Your legs will for­give you later. Here is what sets this des­ti­na­tion apart:

The ter­rain – there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one. With 137 alpine trails, in­clud­ing 17 gladed ar­eas, there is an am­ple amount of ski ter­rain to ex­plore in Sun Peaks. It has every­thing from a wel­com­ing learning zone, to smoothly groomed trails, to steep sec­tions with pow­der stashes. If tree-ski­ing is your thing, the ev­er­greens of­fer a fun play­ground to test your turns. One of the things that sets Sun Peaks apart is that they have a begin­ner run from the top of each chair­lift, so par­ties of vary­ing abil­ity can still ski to­gether. The vil­lage – park your car and stay awhile. Three moun­tains make up Sun Peaks—Tod, Sun­dance and Mt. Morrissey—which sur­round the Sun Peaks vil­lage. Their Euro­peanstyle, ski-through vil­lage will awe even the savvi­est of trav­ellers and was de­signed with con­ve­nience in mind. Vis­i­tors of­ten park their cars for the du­ra­tion of their stay and ski, or walk, the vil­lage. If your party is stay­ing fur­ther from the vil­lage core, the com­pli­men­tary in-re­sort shut­tle op­er­ates day­time and evenings. Did your après spill into the early morn­ing hours? The lo­cal taxi ser­vice is equipped to move ski gear 24 hours a day. The snow – like a glass of bubbly. Sun Peaks is lo­cated in the in­te­rior of Bri­tish Columbia, just a 45-minute flight from Van­cou­ver and a short ground trans­fer. The in­te­rior is fa­mous for their light, dry pow­der that stays fluffy long af­ter a snow­fall. It is what peo­ple call “easy-to-ski”. While know­ing how to ski is es­sen­tial, this light stuff makes turn­ing a breeze and a lot of fun too! Leave the crowds be­hind – re­ally. The am­ple amount of ski­able ter­rain means that Sun Peaks has un­crowded slopes and a re­laxed at­mos­phere over­all. It’s not un­usual to get a trail or two all to your­self on any given day. Their lat­est in­vest­ment was the Ori­ent chair­lift in the East vil­lage, which opened just be­fore Christ­mas this sea­son, and an in­crease in ca­pac­ity on Sun­dance chair­lift. Non-ski ac­tiv­i­ties – spend time off the slopes. There is plenty to do in Sun Peaks other than ski. It’s home to some pretty amaz­ing and au­then­ti­cally Cana­dian ex­pe­ri­ences. Feel the breeze on your face as you’re pulled be­hind a dogsled team, or spend an evening snow­shoe­ing un­der the stars. Guided ice fish­ing is also on the list of ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, so it is easy to give your legs a break and en­joy a day spent off the slopes. A great line-up of events. Sun Peaks is home to count­less events that keep the vil­lage lively. From reg­u­lar ski races and live mu­sic to events that span over sev­eral days like their pop­u­lar wine fes­ti­vals. This April, Snow­bomb­ing Canada—an an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val—will re­turn for three days. Snow­bomb­ing Canada has brought artists such as Lu­dacris and Odesza, and at­tracts fes­ti­val­go­ers from around the globe to their multi-venue event. On top of all that, this des­ti­na­tion is adored for its over­all at­mos­phere. The lo­cals are un­wa­ver­ingly friendly and main­tain a re­laxed and ac­cept­ing vibe. As the des­ti­na­tion con­tin­ues to grow, the feel­ing of com­mu­nity seems to get stronger. Sun Peaks boasts the world’s only ski-in, ski-out ele­men­tary school (yes, the stu­dents take the lift to school) and the com­mu­nity is filled with long-time busi­ness own­ers. It truly is a Cana­dian par­adise.

PRE­VI­OUS PAGE: Steep sec­tions and pow­der stashes abound INSETS TOP TO BOT­TOM: Smoothly groomed trails. Im­age by Suz Kieran The ski-through Vil­lage Dog sled­ding tour. Im­age by Zuzy Rocka Home to count­less events that keep the vil­lage lively.

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