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Sun Peaks Skiing & Snowboarding Resort Guide

Sun Peaks is one of the best ski and snowboard resorts in British Columbia for families. At only a four hour drive from Vancouver, Sun Peaks is one of the most accessible Interior BC resorts to the largest city in the province. At 4,270 acres, Sun Peaks is one of the largest ski and snowboard areas in Canada, second only to Whistler. The terrain is a lot of fun for intermediate skiers and snowboarders especially, however, advanced riders can still find fun bowls and trees around the mountain. The pedestrian only village may not be as big as Whistler, but that makes it perfect for fuss-free family vacations.

Mountain Overview

Sun Peaks Ski and Snowboard Area

Sun Peaks is spread out across three mountains and three base areas. Mount Morrisey can be accessed from all three of the base areas, although the Morrisey base is the most direct, the other two require crossing the road. The Morrisey Express lift serves terrain rated for all abilities. Intermediate and beginner skiers and snowboarders will have the most fun over here, with lots of nice groomers. However, there is also some of the only expert rated terrain at Sun Peaks in this area.

The Sundance Mountain area is accessed from the Village base area and has more great beginner and intermediate terrain. There are some glades out here that are perfect for intermediate skiers looking to learn how to ski off piste.

The Mt. Tod area is in the center of Sun Peaks and is accessed from either the Village base area, or the Burfield base area, which is a good place for advanced and expert skiers to start their day. The terrain off of the Sunburst Express lift is primarily intermediate and advanced groomed runs and bumps. Higher up towards the peak, there are some fun bowls and glades. The West bowl T-Bar is awesome for intermediate skiers and snowboarders how want to get into the high alpine. The Gil’s area has some of the most fun and challenging terrain at Sun Peaks. There isn’t a ton of terribly steep and scary terrain here, however.

Mountain Stats & Sun Peaks Trail Map

Sun Peaks Trail Map
 Total Skiable Acres4,270 Beginner Terrain 10%
 Base Elevation4,116' Intermeidate Terrain58%
 Summit Elevation 7,060'' Advanced & Expert Terrain 32%
 Vertical Drop2,894'Average Annual Snowfall237"
Total Lifts12  

Travel Information & Directions

Sun Peaks Resort is located in central British Columbia, a four hour drive from Vancouver. Driving, other nearby cities are Kamloops, 45 minutes away, Kelowna, three hours away, and Seattle five and a half hours away. Kamloops has the closest airport to Sun Peaks. There are airport shuttles available from Kamloops.
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Driving to Sun Peaks
Airport Shuttles

Lodging Information

There are a handful of lodging options available in the Sun Peaks village. These options include a range of accommodations, from condos to hotels. The village isn’t huge, but it’s a great place to stay, with great convenience. There are several hotels and lodges that have very reasonable prices, as well as package ski-and-stay packages.
Sun Peaks Lodging Overview
Packaged Deals

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Local Food Picks

Sun Peaks has a full complement of restaurants on and off the mountain that are sure to keep visiting skiers full and happy. Masa’s Bar and Grill has the best selection of draft beers, while Morrisey’s Public House is a good spot to catch the game (whatever sport you fancy). Powder Hounds is a nice spot to grab dinner, too.
Sun Peaks Dining


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Where to Find Lift Tickets to Sun Peaks?

Sun Peaks ski and snowboard lift tickets are averagely priced compared to other large resort in British Columbia. Senior, youth, children, and university students all receive discount Sun Peaks lift tickets. Buying lift tickets online, in advance, is the best way to save money at Sun Peaks.
Sun Peaks Lift Tickets 

Sun Peaks Conditions & Weather Information

Sun Peaks receives 237” of snow in an average year. This is one of the lowest average annual snowfalls in British Columbia, however, it is quality of snow, not quantity where Sun Peaks shines. The snow that falls here is often light and blower (aka very good!). The snow stays good the longest on Mt. Morrisey because the terrain here is North facing.
Sun Peaks Weather Resources

Sun Peaks Ski Report
Sun Peaks has a giant mountain with a lot of fun terrain. The great skiing and snowboarding here also comes with relatively few crowds, which means more powder for longer after a snowstorm. The base area village is family friendly, combining with the great beginner and intermediate terrain, to make Sun Peaks a top-notch family ski and snowboard destination in British Columbia.

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