For over a decade the Sun Peaks FIS Speed Skiing World Cup has held the distinction of being the only speed skiing event held in North America and of being one of the longest running speed skiing events in the world.
Started back in the mid-1980’s by a group of local Tod Mountain speed demons, this event formerly called the “Velocity Challenge” brings the world’s best speed ski athletes from up to 10 countries to Sun Peaks Resort each spring. Renowned for its crazy rolls and sheer drop, the Headwalls Speed Track is one of the most difficult tracks on the FIS Speed Ski World Cup tour challenging the world's fastest skiers as they accelerate from 0 to 175 km/h in a mere 8 seconds. The jet engine sound of speed skiers flying past at over 160 km/h must be witnessed first hand and you can only do that March 5-8 at Sun Peaks Resort.
Speed ski racing will be in progress daily from Wednesday, March 5 to Saturday, March 8, between 10:00am and 2:00pm (weather depending) on the Headwalls Speed Ski Track:
Wednesday: World Cup training day; racers will start at the track's 3/4 mark and move up the run as the day progresses.
Thursday: World Cup Race #1; racers will use their three runs of the day to clock their fastest speed in hopes of a World Cup podium finish.
Friday: World Cup Race #2; racers will use their three runs of the day to clock their fastest speed in hopes of a World Cup podium finish.
Saturday: World Cup spare day/'Velocity Challenge'; if both World Cup events are completed as scheduled, organizers will shorten the timing trap from 100 metres to 25 metres and try to break the course record of 177.21km/h held by Sun Peaks local Kenny Dale.
Spectator Areas & Access
Foot passenger tickets are available at a special rate of $15 per person, taking you to the top of the Sunburst chairlift where you watch the event from either the Sunburst Lodge, or from the off-load area for the Elevation chair (right off the Sunburst chair).
Spectators on skis or boards can best view the event from skier's right of the Headwalls track near the bottom, across from Lunchtime run - this is where racers will be going the fastest!
Check out this event video to see what this adrenaline sport is really about!