Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort is an alpine ski resort located in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada, 56 km northeast of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

The summit of the ski area is at an elevation of 2,080 m (6,824 ft), with an 881 m (2,891 ft) vertical rise from the base of the peak. Sun Peaks Resort has 16 square kilometres (4,270 acres) of skiable terrain (second largest in Canada), and receives an average of 5.6 m (220 in) of snow per year. The resort has 12 lifts with a total capacity of 12,000 riders per hour with the Burfield chair being the longest at 23 minutes total ride. There are 135 runs, including 16 gladed areas and 40 km of cross country trails. Sun Peaks area averages over 2000 hours of sun a year. The ski area comprises three mountains: Tod Mountain, Sundance Mountain, and Mt. Morrisey.

Prior to July 1993, Sun Peaks was known simply as Tod Mountain, named after the highest ski mountain at the resort. The first chair lift, the Burfield chair, as well as the Burfield lodge, opened in 1961. In 1968, the lift was damaged by fire and was forced to close for repairs until December 1970. In 1992, Tod Mountain was purchased by Nippon Cable of Tokyo. Also since 1992, Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd. has acted as prime consultant and project planners for the transformation of the Tod Mountain Ski Area into Sun Peaks Resort. The Burfield chair is the longest fixed grip chairlift in North America, and is the 9th longest in travel length (9,510 feet).[1] Nancy Greene Raine is the Director of Skiing at the resort.

In 2014, the previously out-of-bounds area, known as Gil's, was added to the in-bounds area of the resort.[2]

Sun Peaks Resort
Sun Peaks Downtown
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Nearest cityKamloops, 56 km (35 mi)
Coordinates50°53′38″N 119°53′35″W / 50.89389°N 119.89306°W
Vertical882 m (2,893 ft)
Top elevation2,152 m (7,060 ft)
Base elevation1255 m (4,117 ft)
Skiable area4,270 acres (1,730 ha)
Runs135 including 16 gladed areas
10% beginner
58% intermediate
32% expert
Longest run8 km (5.0 mi)
Lift system12 total
3 detachable quads
2 quads
1 triple
6 surface lifts
Lift capacity12,000 riders per hour
Snowfall559 cm (220 in, 18 feet)
WebsiteSun Peaks Resort

Other facilities

Sun Peaks, BC Golf Course
Sun Peaks golf course at sunset

Sun Peaks Mountain Bike Park

As well as skiing, Sun Peaks also operates a downhill mountain bike park with over 2000 vertical feet of terrain. The Sunburst Express quad chair takes riders to a trail park up top.

Golf Course

Sun peaks has a 6,400 yard, 18-hole golf course. It is also the highest elevation course in British Columbia at over 1,200 meters above sea level.


In 2003 Sun Peaks opened "Tube Time" to allow for recreational tubing at the resort.

Banked Slalom

In 2016, a new permanent Banked Slalom course will open alongside the Sundowner & Suncatcher runs.

Panorama of Sun Peaks resort as seen from the Tod Mountain early morning in autumn.
Panorama of Sun Peaks resort as seen from the Tod Mountain early morning in autumn.

Ski Lifts

Sun Peaks Resort offers twelve ski lifts on all three mountains, Tod, Sundance and Morrisey.

  • Sunburst Bubble 4 Seater Detachable - Doppelmayr - 1993 - Tod Mountain
  • Sundance 4 Seater Detachable - Doppelmayr - 1995 - Sundance Mountain
  • Burfield 4 Seater Fixed Grip - Doppelmayr - 1998 - Tod Mountain
  • Crystal 3 Seater Fixed Grip - Doppelmayr - 1979 - Tod Mountain
  • Elevation 4 Seater Fixed Grip - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Tod Mountain
  • Morrisey 4 Seater Detachable - Doppelmayr - 2002 - Morrisey Mountain
  • West Bowl T-Bar Surface Lift - Doppelmayr - 1993 - Tod Mountain
  • Village Platter Surface Lift - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Sundance Mountain
  • Village Carpet Surface Lift - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Sundance Mountain
  • Tube Time Carpet Surface Lift - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Sundance Mountain
  • Morrisey Platter Surface Lift - Doppelmayr - 2002 - Morrisey Mountain
  • Orient 4 seater Detachable Lift - Doppelmayr - 2018 - Sundance Mountain, Orient Ridge

Removed Ski Lifts

  • Original Burfield 2 Seater Fixed Grip - Murray-Latta - 1961 - Tod Mountain (REPLACED WITH CURRENT BURFIELD)
  • Shuswap 2 Seater Fixed Grip - Hall - 1971 - Tod Mountain (REPLACED WITH CURRENT SUNBURST SKI LIFT)
  • Original Sundance 4 Seater Fixed Grip - Doppelmayr - 1993 - Sundance Mountain (REPLACED WITH CURRENT SUNDANCE)
  • Broadway T-Bar - Doppelmayr - Unknown - Tod Mountain (MOVED TO WEST BOWL)

Photo gallery

Sun Peaks, BC downtown

Sun Peaks downtown in autumn

Sun Peaks, BC Downtown HDR

Sun Peaks downtown

Tod Mountain lifts in Sun Peaks resort

Tod Mountain lifts


  1. ^ "Top Ten Longest Chairlifts in North America". 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ Hill, Cale (22 December 2014). "Locals not loving Gil's access".

External links

2016–17 in skiing

From July 1, 2016 to April 23, 2017, the following skiing events took place at various locations around the world.


Kamloops () is a city in south-central British Columbia, Canada, at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake.

With a population of 90,280 (2016), it is the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the location of the regional district's offices. The surrounding region is more commonly referred to as the Thompson Country. Kamloops is ranked 36th on the list of the largest metropolitan areas in Canada and represents the 36th largest census agglomeration nationwide, with 103,811 residents in 2016. The population of the regional district is 132,663 (2016).

Kamloops is known as the Tournament Capital of Canada and hosts over 100 tournaments each year at world class sports facilities such as the Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops Bike Ranch, and Tournament Capital Ranch. Health care, tourism, and education are major contributing industries to the regional economy and have grown in recent years.

Kamloops was British Columbia's first city to become a Bee City in 2016 as numerous organisations in the community are actively protecting and creating bumble bee habitats in the city.

Kamloops Airport

Kamloops Airport (IATA: YKA, ICAO: CYKA), also known as Fulton Field or Davie Fulton Airport, is a regional airport located 5 nautical miles (9 km; 6 mi) west northwest of Kamloops, British Columbia, a city in the Thompson region of Canada. It is owned by the Kamloops Airport Authority Society, while operated by Kamloops Airport Limited, serving the North Okanagan, Nicola and Shuswap areas. Initial examination for the airport's construction began in June 1931, when the city leased 46 acres (19 ha) from fruit-growing company BC Fruitlands.

Along with an air show presentation, the airport publicly opened on August 5, 1939. It has 2,780 by 49 ft (847 by 15 m) and 8,000 by 148 ft (2,438 by 45 m) runways aligned 04/22 and 09/27, and served approximately 263,290 passengers in 2011. The airfield maintains a restaurant, The Bread Garden, as well as a medical facility, accommodation areas and administrative buildings; food and snacks are also offered. Its terminal, runway and navigation aids were expanded and upgraded by 2009. It has seen one accident throughout its history.

The airport has daily scheduled flights to nine destinations in Canada operated by Air Canada Express, Central Mountain Air and WestJet. The terminal handled 312,895 passengers in 2014, an increase of 7.2% over the 290,394 passengers in 2013.

Kamloops Indian Band

The Kamloops Indian Band, also known as the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, is one of the largest of the 17 groups into which the Secwepemc (Shuswap) nation was divided when the Colony of British Columbia established an Indian reserve system in the 1860s. The Kamloops Indian Band is a First Nations government within the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, which represents ten of the seventeen Secwepemc band governments, all in the southern Central Interior region, spanning the Thompson and Shuswap districts.

Kanahus Manuel

Kanahus Manuel, or Kanahus Freedom, is an indigenous activist, birth keeper, and a member of the activist group Tiny House Warriors. Manuel is a Secwepemc and Ktunaxa mother of four Freedom Babies, children raised in the spirit of decolonization and free from the regulations of the Canadian federal and provincial governments. Manuel decided to do this as an indigenous woman to raise questions about the inherent rights of indigenous peoples of Canada.

Lift accessed mountain biking

Lift accessed mountain biking is a summer activity that is spreading all over the world. Using the chairlifts or gondola lifts at a ski area, mountain bikers can get up to higher altitudes quickly. The bikers don't have to ride up, and the ski area operators can keep the hill more profitable during the summer. Most bike parks have a mix of dirtjumping, downhill and freeride terrain on the trails.

Many ski resorts have embraced the sport, opening the chairlifts and building trails to rider in the summer. Lift-accessed bike parks are good because they offer the chance to make many more runs down a mountain than could be done without use of a lift.

List of ski areas and resorts in Canada

This is a list of ski areas and resorts in Canada.

Marie-Hélène Prémont

Marie-Hélène Prémont (born October 24, 1977) is a Canadian cross-country mountain biker. She is a 6-time Canadian Champion, represented Canada twice at the Olympics (2004, winning a silver medal, and 2008), a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, and from 2004 to 2008 was a regular medal winner on the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup cross country circuit.

Nancy Greene Raine

Nancy Catherine Greene Raine (born May 11, 1943) is a former Canadian Senator for British Columbia and a champion alpine skier voted as Canada's Female Athlete of the 20th Century. She was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Greene Raine won a very decisive giant slalom victory in Grenoble, France in the 1968 Winter Olympics.

After being elected to the Senate in 2009, Greene Raine retired on May 11, 2018 when she reached the mandatory retirement age of 75.

She is the mother of retired alpine skier Willy Raine.

Nippon Cable

Nippon Cable Co., Ltd. (日本ケーブル株式会社, Nihon Kēburu Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese corporation headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo and is engaged in the design, production and installation of jig-back and material ropeways, gondola lifts, funiculars, chairlifts, car parking systems, ramp elevators and amusement park rides.

The company also owns and operates resorts in Japan and Canada, including a 25% interest in Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America and host of alpine and nordic skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics and Sun Peaks Resort.Besides the headquarters in Tokyo, the company has a factory in Narashino, branches in Nagano, Osaka, Sapporo, offices in Fukuoka and service centers in Niigata and Takayama.

Slope side

In North American ski lodging, slope side is accommodation from which one can reasonably walk to the ski lifts. Such lodgings are usually at the bottom of, or right beside, the ski hill—hence the term slope side.

Due to their proximity to the lifts, and their desirability, slope side units are usually more expensive than off-hill units. Slope side accommodation is desirable for a number of reasons, mainly:

Driving and parking a car at many ski resorts is inconvenient and time consuming. By being slope side, it is possible to avoid the inconvenience and have quicker access to the ski hill.

Skiers staying in slope side lodgings can return to their rooms more easily for a break, or, with kitchen-equipped lodging, to cook and eat lunch.

Those who have finished skiing for the day may return easily without disrupting those who may have accompanied them.Some resorts, such as Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Sun Peaks Resort and Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia, feature pedestrian villages at the base of their mountains. Lodgings within these villages are considered slope side by the resorts, as the lifts are within walking distance of each unit.

In some cases, the slope side designation is used to describe hotels from which a shuttle bus is required to reach the hill. This is generally seen as stretching the term beyond what may be considered reasonable.

Sun Peaks, British Columbia

Sun Peaks is a mountain resort municipality in British Columbia, Canada. It was incorporated on June 28, 2010. It is built around Sun Peaks Resort. It is located 55 kilometers northeast of Kamloops and 410 kilometers from Vancouver. The municipality has a resident population of 616 people, with an additional 900 + non-resident property owners.

Todd Lamirande

Todd Lamirande is a member of the Métis Nation, a video journalist and was formerly a co-host of APTN National News, aired by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and a host and co-producer of APTN Investigates.

He currently hosts APTN's Nation to Nation, a half hour show focused on the politics of how Metis, Inuit and First Nations are rebuilding their relationship with Canada.

Lamirande first joined APTN in July 2000, working as a video journalist in APTN's Vancouver Bureau for four years before transferring to the Winnipeg Bureau and assuming the position of co-host.Lamirande became mired in a controversy on June 24, 2001, when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) seized his vehicle and videotapes containing footage of members of the Native Youth Movement as they protested the development of Sun Peaks Resort, a ski resort in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, 55 kilometers northeast of Kamloops. Lamirande had videotaped part of the confrontation, which later turned violent as protestors clashed with supporters of the project.The actions of the RCMP outraged the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). CJFE Executive Director, Sharmini Peries, called the incident "an affront" to the integrity of journalists' materials, adding:

Lamirande commented that he felt racism was at play in the incident, noting that he doubted that the RCMP would have tried to seize the videotapes if he worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) or CTV Television Network.APTN sought a court injunction to prevent the RCMP from using the videotapes as evidence.

Green Blue Black Double Black
5 Mile Alley 5th Avenue Challenger
Anticipation Ausfahrt Agitator Challenger Glades
Burfield Outrun Back In Time Back Door Chute
Cahilty Blazer Bluff Expo
Connector Blazer Glades Bluff Glades Green Door
Cowabunga Blue Line Broadway In Tatters
Crystal Lane Cahilty Glades Bug Out Glades Kookamungas
Downtown C.C. Riders Cariboo Offset
East Village Ski Way Ça M'a Fait Plaisir Cariboo Glades Static Cling
Fairways Ski Back Carpe Diem Chief Terrain Park- Black Zone
Gentle Giant Chikamichi Chief Shoulder
Home Instead Cruiser Coquihalla
Home Run Cruiser Glades Coquihalla Glades
Homesteader Crystal Run Cover Shot
Mt. Morrisey Connector Cześć Crystal Bowl
Rambler Distributor East Bushwacker
Sunbeam Exhibition Father Tom's
Sundance Return Exhibition Glades Hat Trick
Terrain Park (Green Zone) Fair Dinkum Headwalls
The Sticks Fall Line (West Bowl) Highway 22
Grand Return Highway 22a
Grand Return Glades Highway 22b
Grannie Greene's Inner Gil's Glades
Grannie Greene's Glades Intimidator
Harry's Run (West Bowl) Juniper Ridge
Hot Shot Lint Trap
Hully Gully Main Face Glades
Lone Fir Centre Nose of the Chief
Lone Fir West Peak-A-Boo
Lonesome Fir Glades Pink Flamingos
Long Draw (West Bowl) Rice Bowl
Lunch Time Roller Coaster
Mid Mountain Sacred Line
Mid-Life Crisis Spillway
Munro Ridge Spin Cycle
OSV (Race Training) Sting
Out Of The Woods Sunny Side
Round A Bout Tighten Yer Boots
Runaway Lane Toilet Bowl
Runaway Lane Glades Tumble Dry
Second Growth White Rabbit
Shiner Wringer
Short Draw (West Bowl)
Still Smokin'
Sun Catcher
Sun Downer
Telly Gram
Terrain Park- Blue Zone
The Other Way
The Spine
Three Bears
Three Bears Glades
Trans Canada
West Bushwacker
Ski areas and resorts in British Columbia
East Kootenay/Columbia Valley
West Kootenay/Arrow Lakes
South Cariboo-Thompson-Okanagan-Boundary
Lower Mainland-Sea to Sky Country
Vancouver Island
North Cariboo, Northern Interior & North Coast
Ski resorts in South-Central British Columbia
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Okanagan Highland and Monashees
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