Snow Ski Resorts
Choosing One That’s Right for You
This page will guide you through the decision-making process and help make the answer clear. Once you've reviewed all the deciding factors, check out what Sun Peaks Resort has to offer and perhaps you'll find a match!
Determine how many days you want to ski and how those days fit into your schedule.
Snow ski resorts in the northern hemisphere are generally open from the beginning of December until the beginning of April. How many days will you have available to ski during this period? If you’ve got lots of time, a long-haul ski trip can fit into your schedule easily. Those with less time may want to choose a closer snow ski resort to maximize their time on the mountain, rather than traveling.
Research average snow conditions and anticipated snowfall.
Spending your hard-earned cash and precious time to enjoy a ski holiday means you want conditions to be optimal when you get there. Although Mother Nature doesn’t offer guarantees, publications like the Farmers Almanac and historical weather data on a resort’s website will hint at what to expect. Choose a snow ski resort known for great conditions to maximize your chance of a powderlicious experience!
Evaluate the terrain and other mountain stats.
Review the mountain stats and trail map on a resort’s website. Families traveling with children or those just new to the sport should look for plenty of novice and intermediate level terrain. Those looking for a challenge should note not only the amount of advanced terrain but compare the size of the mountains from one resort to another. For example, a black diamond run at a smaller mountain may be more like a blue run at a bigger mountain.
Consider the costs associated with various snow ski resorts.
Mega resorts like Whistler Blackcomb in Canada or Aspen Snowmass in the USA have reputations that come with prices to match. These resorts provide an amazing ski experience, but you can still get in some great turns at slightly smaller resorts. Spend less on your lift ticket, accommodation, meals and entertainment and add extra days to your ski vacation!
Learn what else there is to do besides skiing.
Choosing a snow ski resort should be based mostly on what kind of skiing is on offer, but you won’t be hitting the slopes all day and night. When you’ve packed it in for the day, how will you spend your evening? Are you alright relaxing at your accommodation and hitting the hay early or would you rather take in some nightlife activity, shopping and dining out? Those looking for more to do should choose a resort with an active village scene.
Sun Peaks caters to a wide variety of skiers and winter holiday-makers, including:
Those looking for an easily-accessible resort:
Those looking for reliable snow conditions:
Those looking for varied, expansive terrain:
Those looking for off-mountain activity:
Other non-skiing activities on offer include snow tubing, sleigh rides, dogsledding, ice skating and more.