Sun Peaks Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Sun Peaks Ski Resort
November 10, 2015
Magus from Canada
Great interior BC ski resort!
Three main points to remember:
1) No lineups
2) Dry interior powder
3) Mostly ski-in, ski-out
Not near a major population centre so the crowds are not a factor. Friendly locals! Total snow is on the light side but enough to keep it fresh.
Sun Peaks Ratings
Overall: 4.4. Based on 18 votes and 10 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Sun Peaks.
Public Transport: 3.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Sun Peaks, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Sun Peaks, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.4
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Sun Peaks.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Sun Peaks, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Sun Peaks is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Sun Peaks relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.9
(1) There are no snow groomers at Sun Peaks, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Sun Peaks are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Sun Peaks is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.6
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Sun Peaks, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.4
(1) Sun Peaks usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.8
(1) The staff at Sun Peaks are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Sun Peaks are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.3
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.7
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Sun Peaks has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Sun Peaks, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.4
(1) Not even a kicker at Sun Peaks, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Sun Peaks, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Sun Peaks has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.1
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.4
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.4
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.6
(1) Overall, Sun Peaks is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.7
(1) Overall, Sun Peaks is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 20, 2015
DavidL from Canada
My family spent a week at Sun Peaks in early March 2015 and was pleasantly surprised (I usually ski on the coast of BC, but due to a very warm winter I had to head to the interior of BC for the snow!) Sun Peaks has three mountains and plenty of ski runs (pistes) for all range of skiers and snow boarders. Lifts were not busy at all and the attendants were really friendly. Even with the spring thaw conditions there was still some good snow to be found. We spent the mornings skiing the upper reaches of Mt. Todd (south facing) until the snow warmed up making conditions a little sticky. Afternoons were spent on Mt. Morrisey (north east facing). Although the snow was rapidly melting in the village of Sun Peaks (1100 m) the snow up on the mountains (up to 2200 m) was great. There are many activities to do in the village; a range of stores and restaurants. I would definitely go back!
October 12, 2012
MS from Australia
My first visit to Sun Peaks was in the 11/12 season. Great hill & ended up getting 42 ski days over the course of the season.
Spent time at many other BC interior resorts so comparisons were easy to make.
I liked this resort so much I just bought an apartment on the hill to now use as my permanent Canadian home.
Summer is every bit as good as winter. The resort can be a little 'quirky', but that's really no different from anywhere else.
Something for everyone here.
November 21, 2011
canali from Canada
Sun Peaks was my return to skiing after being away from it for 15 yrs...and what a lovely little resort it is....each morning I was greeted with sun and a few cm of new snow....good array of hills and even xcountry for those who wish to do both (as did me and my girlfriend)....nightlife a bit 'slow' for us adults (but that was 3 yrs ago) then but maybe they've spiced things up now.
October 11, 2010
AB from United Kingdom
I posted a review in February 2009 - it has caused some confusion which is entirely my own fault. I had just come from a 2 week trip visiting various resorts in BC and Alberta, including Silver Star (review posted on the Silver Star page with this site) and Sun Peaks. I started off the review of Sun Peaks referring to it accurately, but then slipped into calling it Silver Star. All comments posted on this page refer to Sun Peaks, despite me calling it Silver Star. Apologies.
December 27, 2009
Anne from Canada
It appears some reviewers are getting confused! Sun Peaks Resort is the second largest ski area in BC with 3,678 acres over 3 different mountains. The resort is 45 minutes northeast of Kamloops. Silver Star has approximately 3,000 acres and a much smaller village (located mid-mountain) and is about 30 minutes from Vernon. The two are quite different from one another! At the base of the 3 mountains, Sun Peaks offers a modern, ski-through village and all hotels are ski-in, ski-out including the 4-star Delta Resort which is beautiful and the service, excellent.
March 19, 2009
G from Canada
Silver Star and Sun Peaks are two totally separate ski resorts. Silver Star is about 1.5 hours away in Vernon. Sun Peaks is much bigger than Silver Star. Sun Peaks is second only to Whistler/Blackcomb in BC for size and Whistler is the biggest in North America, I believe.
There are some fairly challenging blacks on Morrissey at Sun Peaks.
February 09, 2009
AB from United Kingdom
Just came back from 4 days in Sun Peaks in Feb 2009. This is a peculiar resort; second biggest acreage in BC (Canada?) but it feels smaller than some others. This is possibly due to the 'skiable acres' being, in some parts, thickly wooded trees so that the runs available make this place feel smaller than it claims. But having said that the runs available at Silver Star (including glades) are enjoyable for intermediates/improvers but not much more than that. Beginners & fans of cruisy blues will love it. The blacks listed here would be blue elsewhere; double blacks would be singles. The 3 mountains offer a variety of style of runs: Sundance = easy open cruising blues, Morrisey = tree lined blue runs, not difficult but very pretty & fun to swoosh through through, Tod Mountain = supposed to be the black area but not a great challenge. The lift(s) on Tod are old and very slow. In the 'village' at Silver Star there are 8/9 restaurants/bars for apres-ski/evening meals with different styles e.g sushi, Italian (including pizza), contemporary Canadian/fusion and a steak house.
Fun to ski at Silver Star for 2 days, maybe 3 for good intermediates but not much more than that. We were there for Weds - Sat & Fri/Sat were far busier than the weekdays. Kamloops is close by & residents will visit at weekends. However, any skiers at European resorts will still find the 'busy' days at SP (Silver Star) far emptier than slow days at most European resorts.
March 07, 2005
Paul from Netherlands
In february 2005 I spent a couple of days in Sun Peaks. I loved it! A nice compact village and really nice people. The mountain is not that big but offers some great variety. The slopes are uncrowded and the sceneries are just beautiful with unlimited view. I think Sun Peaks has some of the tree-skiing oppotunities which was special to me. The West bowl offers some nice steep terrain. The mountain hosts, Sun Guides, are great. One conclusion, check it out!
September 27, 2004
Vaughan Homer from United Kingdom
Spent to whole of the 03/04 season in Sun Peaks teaching for the Snowsports School. Having skied in a great deal of the world's premier resorts I did not know what to expect. I found a lot more than I could have hoped.
Sun Peaks is a great destination for families. Not only is the village compact enough to allow you to get around and participate in all the activities but it has the charm of a traditional alpine village too. Nightlife is a little limited but that means you get to meet a lot more people quickly and you will end up hanging out with the locals and workers. Some of the friendliest people I have ever met.
The skiing/boarding is fantastic. Beginners have the chance to get to the top of the hill on day 1! Intermidiates are in heaven, too many runs to choose from. Advanced skiers and boarders have some steep bump fields, lots of glades and open bowls (making up 32% of the terrain). The powder is the best snow I have ever skied in (and I do mean in). For the jibbers amongst us there is a halfpipe and a slope-style course.
Cost of living is very cheap compared the anywhere in France, Austria, Italy or Switzerland. A pound a pint isn't bad anywhere.
A little tricky to get to but well worthwhile. 60% the size of Whistler with only 15% of the skiers/boarders.