Locals and visitors looking for a unique Sun Peaks experience could soon be racing downhill in custom built Mountain Cross Carts, as part of a new, gravity-fueled attraction being developed for the 2015 summer season.
Sun Peaks will be the first resort in North America to feature a Mountain Cross Cart (MCC) course. Development of the track has already begun on the Sunbeam run beside the village Platter Lift.
As they descend the 52 metre slope, the carts will reach speeds up to 35 km/h along the winding, 512 metre long, gravity fed course. Powerful disc brakes, precise handling, four-point safety belts and a roll cage will ensure the safety of participants.
Runs will be timed, allowing racers to compete against the clock and against friends’ descent times.
Jamie Tattersfield, head of mountain operations for Sun Peaks Resort Corporation (SPRC) said the MCC course would complement other summer attractions, such as the bike park and golfing.
“This thrilling addition to the Sun Peaks summer program will be a great new activity for guests to enjoy,” Tattersfield said.
Aidan Kelly, director of sales and marketing, said the MCC course fit in well with SPRC’s vision for future resort development.
“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the resort, and adding another summer attraction has always been on our radar,” Kelly said.
“We’d heard of the MCC courses, and they have a number of them in Europe, but there’s nothing like it in North America.”
Nine MCC parks are currently operating around the world, including in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Estonia. Staff from Finland’s MCC park visited in September to provide their expertise and assistance in designing the Sun Peaks course.
“We have the perfect layout for this, and we’re able to use existing infrastructure like the Platter Lift to get people and carts up the course,” Kelly said.
“It’s an activity you’re not going to find anywhere else, it complements the other activities we have here, and I think personally it’s going to bring a great vibe to the base of the mountain.”
Skiers and boarders need not worry about the course impacting winter operations. The course has been designed at a similar grade to the existing slope, and should be completely covered by the base layer of snow.
The course is set for completion in spring, and will operate throughout the summer season in 2015. Due to the high-speed nature of the course, a valid driver’s licence will be required.