When the lifts close and the slopes are cleared, the runs that hosted so many of us earlier that day undergo a pretty big transformation - thanks to the groomers who work their magic right through the night. While we’re tucked up in bed dreaming of the next day’s riding the groomers are taking anything from moguls to chopped powder and turning it into perfectly smooth runs covered with fresh corduroy.
I headed out with a groomer in a snow cat last week to see what this imperative job entails. As darkness set in I met with Sarah a groomer here at Sun Peaks and we climbed into the huge machine. I couldn’t believe how comfortable and luxurious it was inside – although when I found out they carry a hefty price tag of around $350,000 I guess it’s no real surprise!
We made our way up the Sundance ski run and then came back down Sun Downer. This would be the loop that Sarah would follow until both runs were entirely groomed. Sarah explained how she has to be quite meticulous, ensuring that the corduroy lined up and that the tracks were straight. She said that depending on which runs she was assigned to she would usually groom 4 or 5 in an 8 hour shift. Interestingly, it may take nearly half of a groomers shift to tend to a run like Static Cling or Headwalls as they require use of a cable winch system which is attached to trees at the top of the run. I can’t even imagine how scary grooming those runs must be!
It was pretty amazing to be out on the slopes at night and to be a part of something so essential to our daily ski experience. One thing’s for sure - I definitely have a new appreciation for skiing down a freshly groomed run! For more information on Cat Trax Groomer Rides click here.
March Music Madness is well underway and venues around the resort have been showcasing some amazing musical talent over the past couple of weeks.
Last Saturday The Facts took to the outdoor stage by the base of Sundance chair and got the weekend party vibe going with their electronic rhythms. They amped riders in the lift line and those soaking up the sunshine on the decks of Bottoms and Masa’s were stoked to have their après entertainment sorted. It was the perfect end to what was a glorious day on the slopes and the atmosphere was electric with big smiles plastered across everyone’s faces.
Various venues including Powder Hounds, Cahility Creek and The Club will be host to a range of musicians over the remainder of the month and there’s undoubtedly an event to suit every musical taste. Make sure you check out our Events Calander for all the listings and enjoy your time off the slopes during March Music Madness!
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With so many activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy, there is never a dull moment in life at Sun Peaks. Last week, after an awesome day on the slopes I grabbed some friends and we headed to the tube park for some late afternoon fun.
After being greeted at the tube park by a few friendly lifties and a huge bonfire we each grabbed a tire and sped off down the trail, screaming and laughing the whole way down. After a couple of attempts we decided to link each of our tires and head down in a train formation. Always seeking a thrill and now with some confidence we then decided to venture down backwards!
Tube Time is open daily from 12pm – 7pm and provides both kids and kids at heart with loads of entertainment. 2 hours of unlimited tubing costs $15 for adults, $12 for kids aged 6 -12 and is free for children under 5. Visit the Adventure Centre or Guest Services to purchase your ticket today!