Visitor reviews for Sun Peaks Ski Resort
February 25, 2018
Helen Rees from United Kingdom
Our children learnt to ski here aged 3 and 5 and are now 14 and 16. We have come here most years so I feel confident that I know the resort well enough to leave a review! Sun Peaks has been our little secret gem as it's little known in the UK. The long travel time to get there from Europe is most definitely worth it. Travel is via Calgary or Vancouver and then a small plane flight to Kamloops and a shuttle bus (about 13 hours in total from London). So what makes it worth it?
1. The weather conditions: with temperature rarely getting above freezing by day you don't get the morning ice/afternoon slush of many resorts. It's colder and drier than the coast so sleet is not a problem. Even if it hasn't snowed for a few days there is always a good covering. This year 2018 exceptionally so. Last year was the only year we experienced anything like European snow conditions and even then nothing in comparison.
2. Hardly any line-ups and certainly no European pushing and shoving in the queue. In fact, everyone is so polite and merging lines work really well.
3. Huge runs, especially width and in some cases length (Green 5 Mile run) on most days except perhaps President Week, you can be skiing totally on your own! The runs range from beginners to experienced skiers. We now all ski most runs except the double diamonds and there's plenty to keep us happy for a week.
4. Lovely village with great choice of restaurants. Latest addition a Poutine shop - chips, gravy, cheese curds! Yum.
5. Friendly locals.
We have stayed in pretty much all the different types of accommodation available. We started in a house in the forest area year one but quickly realised it was worth paying more to ski-in, ski-out. Since then we have stayed at the Cahilty and Sundance Lodge and family, with bigger budgets than ours, have stayed at the Delta/Grand.
All clean and what you need with ski lockers provided. If you are adults only and have a good budget the 5th floor (9 adults preferred) at the Grand comes highly recommended.
We love Sun Peaks. Please don't all come as we love the fact it isn't a second Whistler!
For kids learning to ski the ski nursery/lesson facilities are amazing. Being European I thought 3 years old was too young for my child to learn, but no. In Canada, children are on skis from when they can walk, literally! My son, at three, had a one lesson factored in to his care at the Nursery and he coped. He is now a great skier.
If you're in your teens/20's you will find Sun Peaks too quiet as there is not much night life, except for restaurants and a pub. However, for families and older adults it's perfect.
Please Sun Peaks don't change.
Sun Peaks Ratings
Overall: 4.4. Based on 25 votes and 13 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: 4.0
(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: 4.8
(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: 3.5
(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: 4.5
(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: 4.7
(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: 4.4
(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: 4.7
(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: 4.0
(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: 4.5
(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: 4.5
(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.
February 02, 2017
marnes from Canada
We've stayed at Sun Peaks a few times. We live in Vancouver which is 4 hours away, and while we have several local mountains for day trip skiing and only 2 hours away from Whistler, we really love spending our weekends at Sun Peaks. It has a great combination of amazing skiing, fewer skiers (and waits), good accommodations and food, and all at a reasonable price. Whistler is more than double the price and Whistler is so busy. We like the big open runs at Sun Peaks including the 5 mile long green run, which is amazing!
November 23, 2016
Kris Morness from Canada
We first discovered this mountain a couple of years ago and absolutely love it. We live in Vancouver and ski the local mountains frequently (mainly Cypress). But for us the size, the openness of Sun Peaks is amazing. Whistler is very expensive to stay in the winter, and we don't like that mountain very much because it has a lot of narrow trails. We also really enjoy the village and proper accommodations at Sun Peaks. It's just got the perfect blend of amenities, value, and quality skiing. So very highly recommended! They also have a 5 mile / 8km green run which is pretty awesome!
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.
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.