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FIS World Snow Day

by Sarah23. January 2012 18:15

On Sunday January 22nd, 2012 marked the largest winter event in the world - the FIS World Snow Day. Its aim was to bring children and their families to the slopes, trails and tracks, in a fun-filled day of events, activities and competitions on snow. The inaugural World Snow Day consisted of 225 events over 41 countries. The event's motto: ‘To Explore, Experience and Enjoy the Snow’. I think it's safe to say we covered that completely!

Photo: Paul Morrison

With our amazing snow conditions, 3,678 acres of terrain and being a family orientated resort we had plenty to offer on the day. There were discounted programs from the Sports School offering ski and snowboard lessons, selected merchandise were on special from our retail outlets and the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Elevations were encouraging customers to experience the latest ski/snowboard technology with a FREE upgrade to their high performance demo fleet. Masa's Bar + Grill were offering World Snow Day lunch and dinner specials, along with drink specials throughout the day and they completed the fun-filled day by hosting the "Snowed in Comedy Tour" which was a hilarious evening. The line up was a selection of top comedians; Arj Barker (Flight of the Concords), Dan Quinn (Winner of Canadian Competition at Just for Laughs), Craig Campbell (Michael Macintyre's Road show) and Pete Johansson (Comedy Central's premium Blend). It was a great way to end the day!

We also hosted the BC Snowboard Provincial Slopestyle Series on the day but I will be covering this in another blog.

Some of the other countries that participated included Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Germany, America, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Japan, Iceland, Australia, Russia and Spain, amongst others.

Photo: Paul Morrison

It was a fantastic day and everyone had a lot of fun. It even started snowing and dropped close to 8cm of fresh powder for us to play in! It's kind of surreal to be aware that across the globe there was a collective of people all out to take part in the same experience at almost the same time.

See you out there!



Champagne Powder!

by Sarah16. January 2012 22:33

When an Arctic storm brings 30cm+ of fresh pow onto your doorstep, you find any excuse to get out and amongst it! The conditions were amazing; people were saying they haven’t seen a snowfall like this in over 5 years!

There's something about powder days that tends to make you ski/ride differently from the way you usually would. It could be that when you bail it's like your landing on pillows, but I think it's because most of us have to wait around six months of the year for snow. So when excellent conditions like this occur, you want to experience it in the best way possible and to keep that feeling of stoke alive for another six months!

Needless to say all the easily accessible ‘top spots’ were tracked out very quickly but there was so much snow that you almost didn't notice! There are still plenty fresh lines and powder stashes around, however you may have to go looking. Although with more snow in the forecast, you may not have to look far!

Check out the video of the day below.

See you on the mountain!



Fondue Dinner & Evening Descent

by Sarah14. January 2012 21:22

The air was crisp and cool as we boarded the Sunburst Express Chairlift and headed up under the twilight sky. I was quietly excited as it was my first ever experience of fondue.

Arriving at the top we were directed towards the Sunburst Restaurant where Thor, one of the star Sun Guides greeted us. There is no set seating and so creates a very social atmosphere. The main course was already laid out in front of us and looked so good! Once settled in and greetings were said we dug in and wow... It was amazing! Cheese on bread is okay, cheese on toast in good but bread dipped in boiling cheese, is a taste explosion like no other! I was told that there are two main cheeses needed for a fondue mix and on their own they are not that great but when combined and melted down together they create the delicious dip that was in front of us. The meat, seafood and vegetable varieties were also very good but the bread and cheese mix was defiantly the highlight for me.

Once everyone had their fill of the main course it was shortly followed by the desert. Chocolate fondue with a platter of fruit, marshmallows and biscuits it was a perfect combination!

We let the food settle for a bit while we were divided into four groups for the descent down. 5 mile had just been freshly groomed to perfection and everyone loved the fresh corduroy! It's a whole different feel going down in the dark; if you accidently came off 5 mile you could very easily lose your sense of direction and get disorientated. Luckily the ski down is lit with a row of lanterns and you are also given a headlight for added assistance. We would also stop a couple of times to do a head count... Just in case.

It was a fabulous night of scrumptious food, great people and excellent skiing; while your here at the resort, it's a definite Sun Peaks must do!

See you on the mountain or at the next fondue!



Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

by Sarah9. January 2012 22:10

The major hallmark event of the Sun Peaks calendar is almost here. From January 14 to 22, Sun Peaks Resort and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society host the 14th Annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. From the oenophiles to the wine novices, there will be something for everyone with a variety of daily events.

All the wine varietals are produced within the surrounding areas but each one has its own characteristics. Not only will the wine be superb but there will also be a broad range of culinary delights on offer; supplied by many of the Sun Peaks food venues.

The Progressive Wine Tasting is the must do event and last year sold out its almost 700 tickets in record time. You'll experience every sense; as you taste amazing wines from over 20 wineries, listen to an array of live music and enjoy a romantic winter evening as you wander through the picturesque village.

As we're in the 14th year of this event, popularity has grown enormously and many of the events have already sold out! If there's any activities/events that you don't want to miss out on, I highly recommend booking in advance. All the information can be found here .

It will be yet another fabulous festival and we're very excited for its return.

See you out there, enjoy!



Family Fun Cup

by Sarah8. January 2012 22:50

Over the past week we have been playing host to a number of people from all over the world. They have been practicing their skills in preparation for the 6th annual Sun Peaks Family Cup ski and snowboard races and the 3rd annual Kookaburra Cup cross-country skiing competition. 

The events were held over two days, with the main focus on fun, as it was a race open to all ages and abilities. This year our youngest participant ever was a 2 years old girl, whilst the oldest has been in their 80's, this year's competitor would not disclose his age.

In competitive spirit family ties were put on hold; as children went against parents, mothers against fathers and sibling rivalries were settled on the course. ‘Barney the Kangaroo’ and ‘Harry Bear’ were also on hand to encourage and lend a hand/paw to anyone who needed it, as well as have a race themselves… Barney won it for Australia if anyone was interested.

It was a fantastic time and a great experience for a lot of the kids, who may not have the opportunity to participate in races or even access to mountains back home. Like Australia a land not commonly known for its alpine range, but manage to take out the overall Nations award... Again! There's always next year Canada.

The following day we hosted the 3rd annual Kookaburra Cup cross-country skiing competition. Another great turn out, with a broad age bracket. There were 3 courses for each level a 2km, 4km and 10km. The times some of these skiers were achieving surprised everyone! It was a lot of fun and smiles were ear to ear after such a great week.

To wrap up the week's events we threw a Tubing Party, as what could be more fun than throwing back some hot chocolates, then hurling yourself down a slope in a tube and screaming your heart out! Overall it was a fabulous week with lots of fun and laughter; we look forward to doing it all over again next year!

See you on the mountain,



Happy New Year!

by Sarah2. January 2012 21:40

The snow had been piling up all week, giving us almost half a meter in seven days. With conditions like this, Burfield is the place to be. From the Top of the World you have complete access to Mt. Tod and that certainly doesn't limit your choices of runs. Check out the video of the team getting amongst it!

We ended 2011 with the biggest New Year's events in Sun Peaks history. The entertainment began with musician Paxton Bachman and his band getting the crowd warmed up for the activities to follow. The kids were involved with a miniature torchlight parade using glowsticks allowing them to feel part of the festivities; until they're old enough to participate in the actual Sun Peaks Resorts Torchlight parade.

The excitement kicked up a notch as the 5th Annual First Flight Big Air took off. A mix of about 15 talented skiers and riders threw down some epic tricks. A warm up hit didn’t cross these athlete’s minds as straight off the bat they were going hard, pushing the limits and stoking the massive crowd. Massive rodeos, corked 9's, 10's and double back flips were just a few of the sweet tricks sent off Nancy.

Soon after, snaking its way down the mountain the glow of torchlight's could be spotted. Going back to the Tod Mountain days, the torchlight parade has been a festive tradition entertaining locals and visitors alike. In perfect synchronization the 200+ group of volunteers spread out into a huge line, starting the countdown to the fireworks display. Excuse the pun but they went off with a BANG! The entire village was captivated by the biggest fireworks show Sun Peaks has ever seen. The flashes of light danced across the night sky, painting an array of colours onto the black canvas. As the evening's events began to wrap up the crowd slowly departed, moving on to continue their celebrations at various venues throughout the village.

A time-lapse of the evenings events.

As time waits for no one, we said goodbye to 2011, a year for many of my friends and family back home are glad to see the end of. My hometown suffered the one of the worst natural disasters recorded in New Zealand's history. While the earthquakes are still occurring, everyone's looking forward and remaining positive as we head in to 2012.

“In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

I wish everyone all the best into the New Year!



Santa Comes to Town… Early!

by Sarah23. December 2011 21:39

A man of many names but most commonly referred to as Santa, decided to take a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the North Pole to come and enjoy all that Sun Peaks Resort has to offer. He's only going to be in town for a few days and as he is quite possibly more popular than Justin Bieber, he will be in hot demand!

Already this week he was spotted at the skating rink on the Family fun night and taking part in a bit of hockey. I managed to snap a few photos of him snowboarding yesterday as he cruised down 5 Mile, took some request and then shredded the terrain park!

Nancy Greene and Santa coordinating their outerwear.

Working out his route to the North Pole.

Getting some air time!

Taking some last requests.

Getting jiggy on the dance floor.

Cruising back to the Village.

For more photos head to our Facebook page.

It’s back to business as usual for him tomorrow night, but before he leaves on his annual round-the-world journey. Accompany him on a relaxing sleigh ride through Sun Peaks Resort tonight. Or join him for a delicious traditional pancake breakfast at Masa’s on the morning of Christmas Eve, and take advantage of the chance to make any last minute requests to the big man himself, before hitting the slopes.  He’s planning on heading up the mountain after breakfast as well and you’re all invited to join him, as he gets in a few last turns before taking off!

To see Santa’s full schedule of events click here.

Have a Happy Holiday and a Merry Christmas!


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Happy Holidays

by Sarah19. December 2011 18:59
The holiday season is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner. With so much going on around this time of year; where do you begin? For a quick run-down on some of the many options available within the resort, you can head straight to the winter activities page here or check out the weekly events calendar.

At the start of this month I got to cross “the fastest game on earth” off my list of things to do/see while in Canada. Ice hockey is not a very common sport back in New Zealand, so I was keen to go watch a game at least once while here. We checked out the Kamloops Blazers play the Victoria Royals. It was my first hockey game at a venue and it didn’t disappoint! Watching a team play in their hometown gives a completely different feel; the atmosphere was electric! The Blazers eventually took it out 4–2, scoring the winning points in the 3rd period, making it their sixth consecutive win. It was a lot of fun and a great experience; I highly recommend it for a night out.

Today I checked out the Sun Peaks Festival of Trees. It’s a new event in the Sun Peaks Village this year and provides a nice activity for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased at the Sun Peaks Adventure Centre with the proceeds benefiting the Sun Peaks Education Society. Wander through the picturesque Village and meet new and friendly people as you go between the various businesses and venues that have participated. Admire their styled Christmas tree and then vote on your favourite one. Along the way there is also a scavenger for the kids, once completed they can receive a prize. It’s a bit of fun and all goes towards a great cause.

Later in the week, Santa will be taking a quick break before his round-the-world adventure to come and carve a few turns down the slopes. Take advantage of this chance to make any last minute requests to the big man himself. I’m going to keep it simple and only ask him for a foot of fresh powder, thanks Santa!

Check back as I look into other activities as the weeks go by. Remember to share your photos/videos with us on Facebook.

Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year!


What's Happening?

by Sarah8. December 2011 21:54
With dumping nights and bluebird days so early in the season, we're so pumped for the months ahead!

This weekend the Green terrain park (located at the base of the Sundance Express lift) plays host to the resurgence rail jam for the second year running. Sponsor B&B Boardshop is putting some sweet prizes up for grabs and a cash prize to the men's open category winner. This event will be the kick start to the season long point series, where the overall winner will walk away with an additional cash prize and the ‘No Bail Peace Prize’ title. Expect to see some amazing tricks thrown down by these talented skiers and riders.

The events calendar is continuing to grow with increasing weekly happenings, as we lead up to the holiday season. We have our regular weekly activities beginning next week. For the powder hounds the First Tracks Breakfast will be on every Tuesday morning; get exclusive runs on all designated trails accessed from the Crystal Chairlift and receive a hearty breakfast at the Sunburst Restaurant *please note that tickets must be purchased in advance from the Adventure Centre on the previous day by 3:00pm. Wednesday’s we have the Family Fun Night at the Skating Rink; one for the kids or kids at heart. With different games to be played on the rink every week, hot chocolate and a bonfire on location to keep everyone warm. Then on Thursdays, the Fondue Dinner & Evening Descent is a truly unique experience. Enjoy a twilight ride up to the Sunburst Restaurant where you will you will be served some delicious fondue and entertained with live music. After the meal you will cruise down under the stars to lantern lit slopes; perfect for a romantic night out or just a great way to end your day on the mountain.

The shops come to you next weekend, with the 4th Annual Christmas Market happening on the 16 & 17. It provides the perfect place to find unique and hand made gifts, along with many other goods on offer. In the days leading up to Christmas Santa will be taking a quick break to stop off at Sun Peaks. Join him while he’s carving some turns on the slopes, going on a sleigh ride or just relax and enjoy a delicious good old fashioned pancake breakfast with him!

With bellies still full from the all the fabulous Christmas dinners, put on by many of the local restaurants. Stand in awe on New Year’s with the spectacular 5th annual First Flight Big Air Invitational in the Terrain Park followed by the famous Torchlight Parade and Fireworks. It’s an event not to be missed and an experience that won’t be forgotten! Don’t forget your camera!

All the regular annual season events will be returning; Winter Festival of Wine, 16th Annual TELUS Nancy Greene Corporate Challenge, the Velocity Challenge, the Adaptive Snow Sports Festival, as well as many other ski and snowboard competitions. And don’t forget the 50th Anniversary specific events that will be happening throughout the season. For dates and information click here to go straight to the events calendar.

Have a great weekend!



50 Years Strong.

by Sarah2. December 2011 10:54
This Saturday kicks off our 50th Anniversary celebrations. We’re very excited to bring back some of the past traditions throughout the 2011/12 season. This Saturday we are offering 50% off lift tickets, for those 50 wonderful years. Throughout the day there will be a range of activities happening. For the complete schedule of the events click here. Remember to dress up in your best vintage ski attire as prizes will be awarded!

We’ve brought back the Miss Tod Mountain pageant for this year only. With the last winner; Natalie Sanesh coming in as one of our hosts, judges and to pass on her crown to the next ‘Miss Tod Mountain’. It’s going to be an exceptional night and should not be missed! The event will be held at Masa's Bar & Grill with food and beverage specials from 5pm. You can enjoy the platter of ribs and chicken, then wash it down with a bucket of Coronas or a double Baileys and coffee.

We will be hosting a series of 50th Anniversary related events over the season including looking back on the Tod Mountain days, a slush cup, wonder weekend social, penguin "belly slide" race and many more. You can check out all the specific 50th Anniversary celebrations here

A great addition to any coffee table is the soon to be released book documenting the history of Sun Peaks Resort and Tod Mountain. Keep an eye out on the websiteas it will be available in the near future, just in time for Christmas! In the mean time enjoy a collection of interviews with some of the original “Toddies”.

See you all on Saturday!