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Everything You Need to Know for a Ski Getaway in Sun Peaks

Everything You Need to Know for a Ski Getaway in Sun Peaks

When the mountains are calling out to your ski and snowboarding hearts, there’s no better spot to plan a ski getaway than Sun Peaks. This resort is great for the whole family, offering a secluded retreat without sacrificing the amenities and luxuries you love. This quiet sanctuary has everything you need within walking distance – even allowing you to ski right down the middle of Main Street.

With Sun Peak’s reputation for world-class snow, staying at the Coast Sundance Lodge is your best choice for a Sun Peaks ski-in/ski-out vacation. There’s never been a better time to book your ski-cation, with the Early Season Special offering 30% off stays from November 15th to December 19th.
Here’s everything you need to know to make the most for your ski getaway in Sun Peaks.

sun peaks village covered in snow

Photo Courtesy of Tourism Sun Peaks

About Canada’s Second-Largest Ski Area

Yes, this is Canada’s second-largest ski area. It has over 3,600 acres of stunning terrain with some out-of-this-world powder. There is a multitude of choices for your skiing experience with 135 runs across the area. Whether you are all about the steep face of Tod Mountain or prefer something tamer, there is something for everyone. Snowboarders and skiers alike visit the area in droves to take in the views, get some skiing in and take full advantage of the high-end resort.

The existing resort, Sun Peaks, was founded in July 1993 after many years operating as Tod Mountain. Aptly named after its main attraction, which got its name from John Tod, a famous fur-trader, the resort has provided a winter playground for people around the world. Iconic and legendary Canadian downhill skier Nancy Greene and her husband, Al Raine, worked together to help build ski tourism at the resort. She now sits at the Director of Skiing and was named Canada’s female athlete of the century in 1999.

nancy greene in sun peaks

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Dining in Sun Peaks

There is no shortage of ways to tempt your ravenous wintery hunger at Sun Peaks. Of special note is Bottoms Bar & Grill in the Sundance Lodge. Here vacationers embrace the local pub scene sipping daily drink specials at the lively après bar surrounded by calming winter scenes all around.

bottoms up bar in Sun Peaks

Despite all the food available in the area, the stunning views and the fact you might encounter Olympic skier Nancy Greene on the slopes, many would argue the true attraction is the cinnamon buns at Sunburst Lodge. Arrive at 10 am sharp to grab them fresh out of the oven. And if you have a sweet tooth, you won’t be disappointed when you pop into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; it is a veritable gold mine of treats to quell your chocolate cravings.

kids picking out treats at rocky mountain chocolate factory

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From hearty, casual Canadian joints, to global flavours, you’ll always have something new to enjoy for your getaway including:

● 5forty Café & Grill
● Annex Food + Drink
● Baby Doh’s Mountain Fair
● Bella Italia Mediterranean Kitchen
● Bolacco Café
● Café Soleil
● Cahilty Creek Kitchen & Taproom
● Joe Poutine
● Mantles Restaurant & Lounge
● Masa’s Bar + Grill
● Morrisey’s Public House
● Mountain High Pizza
● Mountain Tiger Restaurant
● Oya Restaurant
● Powder Hounds
● Steakhouse at Sun Peaks Lodge
● Sunburst Bar + Eatery
● Tod Mountain Café
● Umbrella Café
● Vertical Café
● Voyageur Bistro

Sun Peaks Resort can be reached by car just 45 minutes from Kamloops. It is less than an hour by air from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton International Airports with shuttles to the resort available, making flights from nearby city centers very affordable.

downtown of sun peaks

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Winter Activities Aside from Skiing

You’ll find more than just skiing to keep yourself busy at Sun Peaks Resort. Whether you are there to challenge your skills, take to the trails, or get in a little romance, there’s never a shortage of things to do during Sun Peaks winter season, including:

● Snowshoeing
● Dog sledding
● Ice fishing
● Snow tubing
● Shopping at local boutiques and stores
● Bungee trampoline
● Fat biking
● Horse-drawn sleds
● Ice skating
● Snowmobiling
● Ski bikes

kids ice skating in sun peaks

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Sun Peaks is all about nature and finding the best way to unwind. Your getaway is completely yours, with endless opportunities to hone your skills or try something new.

Upcoming Events

There’s always something going on in the winter at Sun Peaks. Opening weekend is November 23rd and 24th, leading up to plenty of holiday events running from December 15th until the New Year. From skiing with Santa to caroling in the snow, you’re sure to get carried away with the holiday spirit.

christmas in sun peaks

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Savour The Sun Festival is a popular event taking place from December 5th to the 8th. Ideal for foodies and skiers alike, this weekend focuses on food, wine, and winter adventure at one of the most beautiful mountain retreats in the world.

Where to Stay – Coast Sundance Lodge

Coast Sundance Lodge is the best ski-in/ski-out experience of all of the Sun Peaks hotels. This is a ski haven with the two main ski lifts situated right outside the back door. You can hit the slopes before anyone else makes tracks.

Coast Sundance Lodge is just steps from everything you need, including shopping, dining and entertainment. You still benefit from the peaceful quiet of the hotel set away from all the hubbub and activity of the village.

Coast Sundance Lodge at Sun Peaks

The Coast Sundance Lodge is slope side with spacious suites and lofts with your choice of kitchens or kitchenettes. Eat-in or venture out to the many restaurants, bars and cafes in the area. You’ll have your choice of beautiful, unobstructed views of the mountain and village from your cozy Lodge.

Amenities and services include:

● Kamloops Airport Shuttle Service
● Complimentary Wi-Fi
● Fitness Centre
● Outdoor hot tub
● Secure, heated underground parking
● Lone Wolf Gallery
● Southside Board Shop
● Vertical Juice Cafe & Deli
● Bolacco Caffe
● Bottoms Bar & Grill

Don’t forget if you book your Coast Sundance Lodge Sun Peaks vacation for stays between November 15th and December 19th you get the early season special with 30% off stays. You can also opt for a season’s pass discount for 20% off stays. Visit the deals page to find the best way to save on your next ski getaway at Sun Peaks.