Sun Peaks set for opening weekend

OSVCanada’s second largest ski resort, Sun Peaks, will be the first B.C. Interior resort to open for winter alpine operations on Saturday, November 22.

This weekend guests will have access to a limited opening with skiing on Cahilty and 5 Mile ski runs from the Sunburst chairlift. Additional open terrain will be dependent on Friday’s forecasted snowfall. Skiing will also be available on OSV ski run after 1:30 p.m. and novice terrain will be available off the Platter Lift. A small number of Terrain Park features will also be open in the beginner section.

Lift Tickets will be $40 and are subject to price change as more ski terrain is opened.

Racing teams have been skiing on the mountain since Monday on the Nancy Greene International Race Training Centre.

For the first time, cross-country ski teams are also training at mid-mountain. The trails located above 1,750 metres provide early season training for both skate and classic cross-country athletes. The mid-mountain venue will only remain in operation in the early season, while the regular cross-country trail network is expected to open to the public in the coming days.

Sun Peaks Resort Corporation (SPRC) have been hard at work making large amounts of high quality snow on the lower elevations to complement the higher elevation snowpack.

Jamie Tattersfield, mountain operations manager for SPRC, said the snowmaking system was doing its job well, considering the limited snowfall.

“Our snowmaking system has really allowed us to get the jump on Mother Nature this year,” Tattersfield said.

“Natural snow is what we are all here for, but when Mother Nature’s timing is off, this system allows us to make an exceptional base for the rest of the winter and to offer early season skiing. Not only are we the first resort in the Interior to open to the public, we’re also able to host both Nordic and alpine clubs and teams for pre-season training.”

Skiers and boarders will be encouraged by a forecast predicting 30 centimetres of fresh snow over the next five days.

Visit the Sun Peaks Resort website for updates on open terrain and pricing over the coming week.