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The World Famous Sun Guides!

by Sarah22. March 2012 21:08

It comes as no surprise that our Sun Guides are consistently ranked one of the best resort experiences by our guests! It's a complimentary, friendly mountain tour available for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and abilities.

I chose to go along and experience one of their fabulous tours myself. We gathered around 9:00am near the Village Day Lodge for the 9:15am tour. You can't miss them with their big smiles and their bright orange jackets which say "Sun Guide" on the back! We had a quick discussion over each person's ability and then headed on up the lift.

The group sizes vary from day-to-day, it can consist of only you and the guide but there have been as many as 70 people in a group. With bigger groups there is usually a lead and a tail guide on the tour, so nobody gets left behind! I was lucky enough to get the royal treatment and headed out on a private tour with one of the veteran guides - Thor. He has been with the Sun Guides for 11 years and knows Sun Peaks Resort like the back of his hand. He knows where all the secret stashes are and what runs are best under the variety of different conditions.

The snow was falling so we headed straight up to the Crystal Chair; where we dropped into Rice Bowl and down into Spillway. Now I have been down these runs before but like most of the fabulous reviews our Sun Guides receive, Thor took me through a part I've never been down before! If this was a paid service it would've been money well spent as we were both enjoying fresh un-tracked lines!

As I mentioned earlier the tours cater to all ability levels, and terrain preferences. From gentle groomed slopes to bumps to powder, the guides can take you to the terrain you want to ski. Although participants must be able to ski or ride green runs with confidence, making strong parallel turns. Sun Guide tours are not a lesson, nor are they certified to offer instruction but they can take you on a very enjoyable experience!

I highly recommend heading out with them especially since; apart from the meeting times of 9:15am and 1:00pm there is no 'set time' to the tour and you can drop off whenever you feel comfortable. Although usually around 80% of the group return again for the afternoon session... If not for multiple day tours!

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