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-7.3 °C
18.8 °F
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2 cm
1 in
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23.9 °F
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70 in

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Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Kicks Off in Sun Peaks
February 1, 2016  This Wednesday, February 3, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is hosting their opening ceremony at Sun Peaks Resort, Canada's second largest ski area.

The 16th installment of the annual event will be highlighted by a star-studded roster of hockey legends and a public viewing of the Stanley Cup. The event will be hosted by Sportsnet's Ron MacLean and will feature a 60-minute high-energy set by local Kamloops rock group, Shattered Blue.

With the event only days away, preparations have begun at the resort and there is already a noticeable excitement buzzing throughout the village. 

“Sun Peaks is ecstatic about being selected as the host site for the opening ceremony of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada," said Aidan Kelly, Director of Sales and Marketing, Sun Peaks Resort. "We offer a multitude of winter activities offered at the resort, including hockey on our outdoor rink, so hosting the opening ceremony is a natural fit for us. With fantastic hockey teams such as the Blazers, the residents of Kamloops and Sun Peaks have a long history of being incredible supporters of Canada’s favourite pastime. We are proud to be connected to such a passionate hockey region, and we look forward to continuing this tradition here at Sun Peaks." read more.
Three medals for freestyle club in Apex

January 23, 2016  The Sun Peaks Freestyle Club won three medals at their first-ever competition.
With only one official day of training under their belt, five members of the club travelled to Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton to compete in three freestyle ski disciplines from Jan. 8 to 10.

Luc Dallaire won a silver medal in the U12 slopestyle event and a bronze medal in the U12 big air. Mastin Hooper narrowly missed the podium twice, finishing fourth in both events. Riley McClymont was right behind his teammates with a fifth place finish in the big air and he placed 11th in slopestyle. Charlie Roberts finished 16th in slopestyle and 13th in big air.

David McClymont, the only Sun Peaks skier competing in the U10 category, won a bronze medal in big air and placed fourth in slopestyle.

“I tried to put in the mentality that we’re out there skiing like every day at Sun Peaks except we’re somewhere new and exciting, and go have fun with it,” said coach Daniel Hoerz. “They were all surprised with how well they did.”

Following the competition, Dallaire was selected to compete on the U14 freestyle team at the BC Winter Games at Apex from Feb. 25 to 28... read more.
Ridge renamed to honour Sun Peaks’ legend

January 22, 2016  Ridge run, connecting skiers to the Burfield chair, will now officially be known as Munro Ridge. It was renamed in December 2015, after the passing of one of Sun Peaks’ founders, Donald Munro.

“It was kind of overdue from my perspective,” said Darcy Alexander, general manager of Sun Peaks Resort LLP (SPR). “There’s three main founders, Don Whyte, Gil Marini, and Don Munro. We have runs named for the other two. It’s not something we do all the time and it’s not something we do lightly.”

Alexander also said he understood it to be one of Munro’s favourite runs and that it may have originally been Munro Ridge, but shortened to Ridge over time.
After growing up in Kamloops and graduating from Kamloops Secondary School, Munro left the area for university before returning to work and raise his family.

Munro was one of 12 men who planned and funded the original Burfield chair which was completed in 1961. He also served as the first president of the Tod Mountain ski area, taking the inaugural ride on the two-person lift.

For a long time after that first ride, he taught his children and grandchildren to ski on the mountain while watching the resort grow. His daughter, Sandi Munro, was one of those children and was present with her mother and four generations of Munros on Jan. 1, 2016 when they celebrated at the resort... read more.

Next Generation BC Prospects Compete at Sun Peaks Ski Cross Qualifier
December 15, 2015  On Wednesday, December 16th, Sun Peaks will host a three-day event featuring the International Ski Federation (FIS) and Youth Olympic Games qualification for Ski Cross at the Nancy Greene International Race Centre. 

Names to watch for the women’s Youth Olympic qualifier are Tiana Gairns of Prince George, Zoe Chore of Kimberley, and Kalli Vandervoort of Banff. On the men's side, Ryan Finley and Keegan Street of Fernie will battle alongside Reece Howden of Penticton.  

Men and women will complete two timed runs for the FIS Ski Cross Qualification on Wednesday morning, followed by 3 heats of the Selection Finals for the Youth Olympic Games in the afternoon. On Thursday, FIS Ski Cross races will continue, and the event will come to a close on Friday with race finals followed by the awards ceremony located near the Village Day Lodge at 2:00 PM.  

The Youth Olympic Games will be held in Lillehammer, Norway this February.

Sun Peaks is no stranger to hosting some of the alpine elite at its world-class training facility. In 2005, when the race centre was established, the Austrian Ski Team signed a five-year agreement to use Sun Peaks as their early season training site leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Nearly six years later the Sun Peaks remains one of Canada's top race training destinations, playing host to a growing number of race teams every year... read more.
'Toonie Day' Breaks Records at Sun Peaks

December 10, 2015  With another 'Toonie Day' in the books Sun Peaks Resort has once again broken fundraising records, as they continue to raise the bar for charitable donations at the annual event.

On Monday December 7th, visitors from all over the province were able to receive a lift pass to Canada's second largest ski area for only $2, plus the donation of a non-perishable food item. This initiative drew large crowds with 4,670 lift passes scanned in the single day, including season pass holders. This translated to a profit of over $8500 with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the Kamloops Food Bank. 

Sun Peaks Resort Director of Sales and Marketing, Aidan Kelly, expressed his excitement for the record-breaking achievement, “We are ecstatic that we have once again been able to surpass our goal and break the record for donations received on our Toonie Day at Sun Peaks. The Kamloops Food Bank is an important organization and we are happy to partner with such an integral service to the Kamloops area communities.”

Attendance for the event smashed the previous record set in 2004, which saw 3,786 tickets scanned... read more.

Sun Peaks Resort Launches Online Dynamic Ticket Pricing

Sun Peaks Resort is extremely excited to announce the launch of online, advanced day ticket sales for alpine skiing, using a dynamic pricing model. As of today, pre-purchased, date specific tickets at discounted rates for skiing or riding at Canada’s Second largest ski area will be available for purchase online. Tickets available on this platform are guaranteed to be at great rates for an outstanding day on the slopes. 

“This is an innovative new way to save money on lift tickets and we wanted an option to reward our guests for planning in advance. Our new online store does exactly that with pre purchased discount lift tickets,” says Aidan Kelly, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sun Peaks Resort. 

Guests will be able to realize significant savings through advanced purchases online. The platform will adjust pricing and quantities in real time throughout the season. Following this dynamic pricing model, ticket price will fluctuate based on time of season and consumer demand. Tickets through the online store will be date specific and typically priced significantly below the regular window rate to offer incentives for guests to make the advance purchase. A limited number of tickets will be available at each price point, creating added motivation for guests to purchase as early as possible. 

The resort expects this new ticketing option will broaden the market appeal and allow more guests the opportunity to enjoy a world class Sun Peaks experience. 

“It’s no secret that costs have risen in the ski industry over the years, it’s the nature of the business. At Sun Peaks, we are really trying to strike a balance between managing these costs while at the same time offering great value with an exceptional product to our guests,” says Kelly. 

For further information and to lock in your tickets at the best price, visit our online store today

Sun Peaks Sneak Peek: Grand Prize Helicopter Sightseeing Tour

The grand prize winners of our Sun Peaks Sneak Peek pre-season contest rolled into the resort on the evening of November 19, just as the village was buzzing with excitement for opening day the following morning, November 20. Prize-winner Jill and lucky confidant Phil hail from the Lower Mainland of this fine province, and this was their first time hopping into one of these nimble birds.

After enjoying fresh turns all morning it was time to take to the sky, and the weather couldn't have been better for Jill and Phil's maiden flight!

Fresh snow on the trees and a bright, bluebird day illuminated the surroundings. Although the tour flew over the entire resort from Mt. Morrisey to the high country around McGillivray lake and beyond, the alpine of Mt. Tod was what truly stood out.

As the tour came to an end we looped back around to the east, for a beautiful view of the resort as we approached our landing area. 

After touching down and exiting the machine with the obligatory ducking-run as seen in so many ski and snowboard films, Jill and Phil left with ear-to-ear grins and one more item checked off their bucket lists, "Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to experience the magic of Sun Peaks. The helicopter tour gave us a breathtaking view of the resort on the most beautiful day with a clear blue sky. Our luxurious hotel was right at the base of the slopes, and it was awesome to enjoy the excellent snow conditions."

Sun Peaks Resort Wins 2015 Employees First Award

Sun Peaks Resort has won the coveted 2015 Employees First Award presented at this year’s BC Tourism Industry Awards Gala on October 20, 2015. Sponsored by go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, this award recognizes a British Columbia tourism employer that has upheld high standards of excellence in human resources and people management practices.

Sun Peaks Resort is a four season destination resort located 45 minutes northeast of Kamloops, BC. With over 300,000 skier visits each year Sun Peaks is now the second largest ski area in Canada, employing up to 470 staff in peak season. The company is driven by four effective employment practices: communication, training, health and safety, recognition and appreciation. Sun Peak initiates these practices through the following examples:

  • Encourage engagement and conversation about new ideas and goals through mid-season reviews and fireside chats.
  • Provide training workshops on recognized certifications such as FOODSAFE and First Aid.
  • Department specific training to learn daily tasks, hazards and risks and how to avoid them.
  • Encourage peer to peer recognition as well as host monthly staff appreciation nights.
By executing these practices, Sun Peaks has created a strong community and organizational culture that achieved a 50% retention rate for seasonal employees in the 2014-15 winter season. Both current and past employees become ambassadors for the destination and word of mouth has become one of the most valuable recruiting tools for Sun Peaks... read more >
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