The Easter Long weekend saw an array of fantastic activities and events at Sun Peaks and so it's fair to say that despite being the 2nd last weekend of the season, things haven't started to sloe down around here just yet!
The weather was warm and the sun was shining for the brave ladies who donned their bikinis for Breast Cancer on Saturday. Around 20 people took part in the fundraising event, cruising down 5 mile and raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in the process. A huge crowd greeted the girls at the village base and many dug deep, helping them reach an astonishing $11,000 for charity. This fantastic event heads to Lake Louise next month, so let’s hope they have as great of a result as we did!
On Sunday, the Easter Bunny found his way to the slopes of Sun Peaks and both kids and chocoholics were in for a treat with delicious eggs plastered across OSV. I caught up with my nephews after the Easter Egg Bonanza and I couldn’t believe the number of eggs they had found -lucky for me, they were willing to share their takings!
The first ever Southside Rail Jam also took place on Sunday, wrapping up what was an awesome season of terrain park events at Sun Peaks. We saw a great number of participants take part in an effort to showcase their park skills and get their hands on some awesome prizes and giveaways.
As we enter the final few days of the season, I hope you all have a chance to get out there and enjoy some fabulous spring skiing while you still can – as before we know it, summer will be upon us!
Over the past week we've hosted future para-alpine skiers from across Canada and the world for the 39th Annual Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) Festival. The week long event comprised of two major events - the ski improvement and race development program and the Canadian National Para-Alpine Championships.
Over 100 upcoming para-alpine skiers of all ages and abilities hit the Sun Peaks slopes for a week of ski improvement and racing development sessions. Some of the best para-athletes in Canada were on hand to coach the athletes, including Josh Dueck, an Alpine Canada team member who was the first ever person to complete a back-flip in a sit ski! The festival also included a number of fun activities and events such as dual penguin races, a guestimation slalom race and a fundraiser movie night for Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks.
As well as welcoming the future generation of para athletes, we also hosted the world’s best para-alpine racers who were competing for top honors ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Russia. For those of you fortunate enough to witness these athletes in action as they raced down OSV you couldn’t help but be completely inspired by not only their amazing abilities but their dedication to overcome obstacles and to succeed at the sport.
I think athletes, instructors, volunteers and guests would all agree that it was a hugely successful festival that really showcased the value and importance of adaptive snow sports. To top it all off we were blessed with endless sunny days and fabulous spring skiing conditions all week long! For more information about Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks click here.