Not a summer season goes by without the Sun Peaks Resort trail crew working hard at grooming, pruning, gladding or logging. This summer was no different, and while most of the work was done in the name of forest health it all bodes well for winter recreation enthusiasts who enjoy riding at Sun Peaks. Add two brand new Piston Bully 400 snow cats to the scene and it looks like Sun Peaks Resort is ready for a busy winter ahead.
Sun Peaks Resort Corporation’s (SPRC) Mountain Operations manager Jamie Tattersfield believes that skiers and boarders will certainly enjoy some of the changes this year and for years to come.
“We’ve continued the glading work started last year over on the Burfield side with the Spidex (an extreme slope excavator) and that has High Voltage and a few other lines skiers’ right of Expo cleared. There’s also been extensive hand and mechanical brushing around the mountain,” he explains.
“We did a bunch of spacing in Last Chance, we went into Freddie’s area and took out a lot of willow and reclaimed Hidden Valley,” added Seth Worthen, slopes manager for SPRC.
Guests will also notice two “coming soon” areas on the new Sun Peaks trail map. The area on Mt. Morrisey will become new ski runs to the west of Static Cling. The other area is located east of the main Sun Peaks ski area towards Gils, where runs will be cut over the next few years. Access to both of these developing areas will eventually be met by the Mt. Morrisey west lift and, in Gils, the lift #15.
Tattersfield explains that while these new runs and areas may seem like a new direction for the ski area’s development, they’ve always been planned.
“The master plan includes all of the run development that we’re contemplating in west Morrisey and in Gils,” says Tattersfield.
“The forest health rather than capacity is driving us to cut the runs as access to the beetle affected timber,” continued Tattersfield. “The benefit is a healthier forest and less fire risk going forward, as well as offsetting the run development cost while the timber still has some value. The lifts planned in these areas will follow as traffic demands but meanwhile most of the developed runs will be accessible either by hiking or using existing lifts.”