Record number of ski teams and athletes train at Sun Peaks

 | December 4, 2009

Alpine ski teams from Canada and around the world are congregating around some of the best snow in the country at Sun Peaks Resort in the B.C. Interior.

Over 250 athletes have spent time training at the Nancy Greene International Race Centre at Sun Peaks since the season began on Nov. 14. Athletes have visited from Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Washington State, Quebec City, Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Craigleith and Devils Glen in Ontario, as well as from Banff, Whistler, Grouse and Vernon.

“With one of the earliest openings ever and our top-to-bottom ski conditions, we are providing the best training conditions in Canada,” says Alain Brunelle, Sun Peaks Snow Sports Director. “The national and provincial teams are amazed at the quality of our slopes and the wide variety of terrain offered for race training.”

Ninety-five per cent of the terrain at Sun Peaks is open for skiing on an alpine base of 114 cm. In addition, the snow making systems continue to operate to create a solid base for the visiting ski teams.

The Austrian National Ski Team was the first group to arrive at Sun Peaks at the beginning of the season, and they will return to the resort just prior to the Olympics. “We are very excited the Austrians will be returning to Sun Peaks in early February for their final tune up before the games begin in Vancouver and Whistler,” says Darcy Alexander, general manager with Sun Peaks Resort Corporation.