Last weekend, Sun Peaks Resort held the 17th Annual TELUS Nancy Greene Corporate Challenge. It was a fun filled weekend which saw teams from both Sun Peaks and Kamloops compete in a friendly race down Sun Catcher, all in the spirit of giving!
The action began on Friday for the keen racers who ditched the fresh powder to hit the gates for some practice runs. Come Saturday everyone was eager to clock a PB and put their team in good standing for not only a trophy but of course bragging rights!
After a jam packed day of racing, participants celebrated their achievements at the after party in the Delta Hotel where the well-deserved drinks were flowing. Nancy Greene Raine and Steve Podborski did a fantastic job of MC’ing, while a silent and live auction helped the Corporate Challenge raise over $26,000 for the Sun Peaks Health Association, the RIH Foundation and Sun Peaks junior ski racing.
Thanks to all the participants, sponsors and volunteers who once again made the event such a success - See you all again next year!
Conditions were stellar on Sunday with 8cm of fresh snow and nothing but blue skies across the resort. While many hit the slopes to celebrate the start of their President's week vacation a number of others headed straight to check out all the action of the Bluebird Banked Slalom.
Back for its second year, the Bluebird Banked Slalom is a fun community event and a highly anticipated occurrence of the Sun Peaks winter calendar. This year's event was a long time in the making with a brand new course and location just off to the right of 5 Mile. It took months of grooming to ensure that the Hully Gully course was even bigger and better than last years - and it didn't disappoint!
Skiers and boarders had a blast racing against the clock, all keen to get their hands on some awesome prizes and of course a much sought after trophy. Spectators were treated to a great show as the racers sped down the super-fast course with some epic wipe-outs along the way.
After a fantastic day of friendly competition Masa's Bar + Grill hosted the official after party where participants were buzzing and more than willing to reward their efforts with a well-deserved beer or two...
$15 from each entry fee was donated towards the Bluebird Day Fund, a local charity which was set up in memory of Bryn Taylor. The event raised over $1500 for the fund whose mission is to support local skiers and riders in their growth and development. For more information on the Bluebird Day Fund click here.
Men’s masters board 1st Kent Koach Thiessen 1.39.02 2nd Brett Tippie 1.39.97 3rd Ryan Clements 1.44.57 4th Dom Koric 1.49.48 5th Dave Shaw 1.50.34 6th David Kolzar 1.51.05 7th Chad Hampton 1.58.99 8th Curt Brownlee 1.59.21 9th Lee Wilson 2.05.03 10th Chris Nowak 2.14.62 11th Peter Garvey 2.18.38 12th Jase Peterson 2.30.56
Men’s masters’ ski 1st Robert Palmer 1.30.52 2nd Adam Earle 1.31.89 3rd Greg Rutledge 1.33.86 4th Scott Whitecross 1.40.63 5th Brad Heyman 1.45.66 6th Gerald Allgaiger 1.45.70 7th Don Gagnon 1.46.46 8th John Grinter 2.07.63 9th Jas Doel 2.22.88 10th Chris Seely DNF
Men’s open board 1st Graham Rohrmoser 1.26.72 2nd Ross Thompson 1.35.93 3rd Tim Work 1.39.21 4th Graham Birdman 1.41.67 5th Danny Web 1.42.02 6th Devin Knopf 1.46.75 7th Bryan Lupul 1.54.38 8th Chayse Marshal 1.56.23 9th Alan Hay 1.59.73 10th Jess Kiesel 2.00.43 11th Matthew Harris 2.09.28
Men’s open ski 1st Kieran Nikula 1.24.77 2nd Luke Harrison 1.27.2 3rd James Huser 1.27.53 4th James Mcloud 1.31.66 5th Dylan Stevens 1.32.30 6th Ben Issacs 1.33.20 7th Jason Jones 1.35.42 8th Parker Blackstock 1.36.78 9th Brandon Harris 1.40.17 10th Tim Abbey 2.22.65
Women’s board 1st Desiree Janzen 1.48.21 2nd Jennica Lowell 1.51.75 3rd Jessica Kinear 1.51.77 4th Khai Bhagwandin 1.53.49 5th Erin Vogan 1.53.89 6th Caitlin Brown 1.56.02 7th Rebecca Hill 2.01.98 8th Chelsea Zaugg 2.02.41 9th Shannon Hay 2.06.27 10th Jenna Ross 2.11.88 11th Katie Anne Rowat 2.14.85
Combi ski and board 2 run combined score 1st Tyler Meade 2.79.71 2nd Colby Olson 2.93.56 3rd Clark Hooton 3.38.19 4th Dave Kuan 3.46.11
Photos courtesy of Royce Sihlis Photography
Whether it’s improving technique, conquering steeper terrain, tackling moguls or exploring glades, when it comes to hitting the slopes there is always something that we can, and want to, get better at. Although, often when you’ve been skiing for a while it’s all too easy to get complacent and you need someone else to really push you to the next level. Ladies Day offers us females the chance to step it up a notch but in a comfortable and enjoyable environment.
Last Thursday I joined the ladies for what was a fantastic day of skiing and dining! After being divided in to small groups based on individual ability we headed off for a warm up run. Our instructor Liz wanted to know what particular things we each wanted to improve on so she could make sure to cover it during the lesson. We then spent the morning focusing on technique over a range of different terrain. After a 2 hour lesson, we met back up with the other groups at Mantles Restaurant for a delicious lunch. We all sat together and chatted about the runs we had skied and what we had learned as well as our shared passion for skiing at Sun Peaks!
There are definitely varying motivations for attending Ladies Day, of the 3 other women in my group one was a regular attendee who lives locally while the other two were on vacation from Canada and Australia. When I asked them why they decided to attend one lady said she was struggling to keep up with her husband and son and so was hoping to improve her confidence, while another said she liked the social aspect of the day - the fact that you can share your love of skiing with other like-minded women. Whatever your motivations are for attending there’s no denying that there are lessons to be learned and serious fun to be had!
Ladies day takes place every Thursday and provides women of all ability levels the chance to not only improve their technique and build confidence on the mountain but make new friends along the way. A wonderful experience that I would highly recommend! For more information on Ladies Day click here.
The sun was shining and the days were warm all through the first ever BC Family Day long weekend. We saw a huge number of families hit the slopes with their loved ones and there were happy faces to be seen all over the mountain! On Sunday kids were treated to face painting, Uncle Chris the Clown and the famous penguin belly slide dual and with 50% off lift tickets on Monday, there was no better way to spend the day. It was a fabulous weekend of awesome skiing and fun family times - See you all again next year!
After a busy start to 2013, I've finally had the chance to pursue my new year's resolution of learning to Nordic ski. I admit it's not something that I've wanted to try for that long but since arriving at Sun Peaks I've heard so much about it and its popularity intrigued me.
I decided to take the Introduction to Nordic Skiing program as the package has beginners like me covered with a 2 hour lesson, rentals and a lift pass. I did some research and spoke with some Nordic skiers about which technique to go with and in the end I opted for classic over skate. The guys at Elevation decked me out with the gear and the first think I noticed was the equipment - the boots are so comfortable and the skis are so light!
We spent the first hour of the lesson learning the basics and doing exercises to help us get familiar with the technique. I was a little disheartened at the beginning and forgot how learning something new can test your patience! Our instructor Christian was fantastic and helped us each individually until we felt comfortable with what we needed to do. After the first hour, it all started to come together and I began to really enjoy it.
The best thing about Nordic skiing is that it's great cardio exercise and a total body workout. I also like that it's quite social and relaxed - you can go with a friend and ski together at the same pace. It's also an ideal way to explore the mountains and check out some of the stunning scenery that we have around here. I've already made plans to do the Holy Cow trail over the weekend and I'm attending the Full Moon Nordic Ski and Chocolate fondue event at the end of the month. While alpine skiing will always be my number 1, I like that I can now mix things up and some variety when it comes to winter sports.
If you want to discover a new way to shred pow, then ditch the skis or snowboard for a few hours and hop on a snowmobile. As i recently discovered - it's a whole new world of fun times!
After meeting with our guide Jerry from BC snowmobile tours, we got fitted with protective gear and were given an overview on how the mobiles work. It was a chilly day and so I was pretty stoked to discover that the handlebars had electric heat warmers! We then headed off into the Sun Peaks back country where we rode a variety of different terrain - from cruising at high speed through wide open fields to carefully winding our way around relatively narrow tree trails. The scenery was stunning and unlike anything else I have seen since being at Sun Peaks. At one point we came across a fallen down tree which blocked our path, but Jerry was well equipped with his saw and the obstacle was soon removed. It was a great afternoon and as the only female driver in the group, I was pleased to be able to keep up with the boys - much to the surprise of Jerry and the rest of the group!
I admit that I'm a bit of an adventure sport enthusiast and so was eager to get behind the wheel, but you don't have to be a thrill seeker to enjoy snowmobiling! Tours cater for all abilities as well as individual needs so they can be a perfect family activity too. There are a number of different tours available; from a 2 or 4 hour trip to an evening expedition which includes a campfire and wiener roast dinner. Regardless of which tour you chose or where you explore, there's something really cool about being able to hammer a throttle and speed through white fluffy powder in a way you never will on your skis or board! For more information on Sun Peaks snowmobile tours click here