All mountains set for opening Thursday

Chairlift (2)

All three mountains, and all Nordic trails, are scheduled to open on Thursday, Nov. 27, just in time for the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend. Sun Peaks received over 10 centimetres of new snow overnight, and another 15 cm is forecast over the next two days. Mid-mountain is expected to have an 80 cm base, which will result in good early season coverage on many ski runs. Jamie Tattersfield, mountain operations manager … [Read more...]

8 things to notice about the new Sun Peaks map


Sun Peaks Resort has just released a new alpine trail map (here) showcasing the new terrain and runs ahead of opening day on November 22. SPIN takes a closer look at the 2014-15 trail map and show you some of the things you may have missed. 1. Gil’s: Let’s get the big one out of the way. An alteration to the ski boundary to include Gil’s means Sun Peaks is now the second largest ski resort in Canada, with 4,270 … [Read more...]

Calling for Big Brothers and Sisters

Big Brothers

The Bluebird Day Fund (BDF) has put out a call for volunteers to be part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program this winter season. Bryan Lupul, BDF president, said the program aims to pair adult sports mentors with youths who wish to learn and improve their skiing and snowboarding skills. “If someone has the time to commit, it means so much for the kids and their parents,” Lupul said. “Bryn (Taylor – the … [Read more...]

Making progress on Morrisey and Gil’s


The establishment of new ski runs on Mt. Morrisey and Tod Mountain are proceeding well, according to the Sun Peaks Resort Corporation (SPRC). Jamie Tattersfield, SPRC mountain operations manager, said new ski runs are on track for the start of the winter season. “What we’re aiming for is to have at least one new ski run in each area (West Morrisey and Gil’s) completely finished, and maybe more, depending on the … [Read more...]

Lessons learned in the backcountry


The following account of one woman's experiences while lost overnight in the Sun Peaks backcountry was submitted to SPIN for publication.  The author hopes her story will help others learn from her ordeal. Lost 3:30pm: I was heading to (Sun Peaks’ backcountry), Gil’s, for the 4th time of the day with my friend, Alex*. To get there you have to duck a rope. Despite the rope (and the sign) people ski back there all … [Read more...]