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Steve Smith Defends Downhill Title at Canadian Championships



July 14, 2014: The 2014 Canadian Mountain Bike Downhill Championships took place at the Sun Peaks Resort on Sunday. Canada’s Steve Smith of Nanaimo, BC (Devinci Global Racing) and Vaea Verbeek of North Vancouver, BC (Intense/GoPro) won the elite titles, while Daniel Shaw of North Vancouver, BC won the junior men title.

Smith, the overwhelming favorite in today’s race, impressed the crowd with a speedy run of 3:26.73, a narrow 1.5-second lead over Kyle Sangers of Kingston, ON in second place and a small 2.5-second lead over Remi Gauvin of Nanoose Bay, BC in third place.

“It was a lot for me this year, especially coming back from injury in the spring and going straight to racing the World Cup. This was a great race for me to come and just go fast, putting some good time on the bike. The track was great,” said Smith after the race.

Smith won his career second Canadian title and will be keeping the coveted Maple Leaf sleeve around the world. “With the pressure of winning last year, I didn’t want to throw that sleeve away. I wanted to win again this year, and it feels great to do it.”

“This track was very technical in its own way, just because how fast it is. There are no roots or very technical sections, so the line choice is what separated the group. It was just a bunch of berms and going very fast. When you go very fast, it’s hard to create separation. It’s a fine line to go a little bit quicker then everybody without blowing up in that loose dirt,” added Smith about the tight time differences seen this year in comparison with the 2013 edition.

In terms of season goals, Steve Smith’s objectives have changed after missing the opening World Cup events due to an injury in the spring. In 2013, Smith won the UCI World Cup overall title. “It changed in the overall thoughts. I can’t win the overall this year. For me, now it’s just able to race as good as I can. The first two World Cup races were good to see where I was at. I want to be able to finish this season the way I left off, to be able to win races and contend for the win.” ... read more.


Photos: Guy Napert-Frenette/Cycling Canada

Elliott BROOD and Hey Ocean! Join Arkells for a Final Free Summer Concert

June 5, 2014: Two of Canada’s favourite independent bands will join ARKELLS on Labour Day long weekend at the outdoor ski slope venue in Sun Peaks, BC. Juno winners, ARKELLS, perform on Saturday, August 30, followed by Elliott BROOD and Hey Ocean! on Sunday, August 31. Regional and local bands will add energy and atmosphere in the village at other outdoor stages throughout the weekend.

“These two bands are the perfect additions to complete the 2014 Summer Concert Series,” says Christopher Nicolson, president of Tourism Sun Peaks. “With five major weekends of free outdoor music and a new Friday night concert series, Sun Peaks is a top music destination in the region. Acts span a wide range of genres, from country to kids’ entertainers. These bands will add an energizing folk rock and pop component to the series and will also complement ARKELLS’s sound.”

Since forming in 2002, Elliot BROOD has become a Canadian music institution, with hits like “Oh, Alberta!” and more recently “When I Get Old”. Their newest album Days Into Years features roof-raising rhythm stomp and mandolin colliding with luscious harmonies, piano and, for the first time, electric guitar.

Hey Ocean! combines sheer talent, charismatic songs and an undeniably energetic live show, making them a must-see band. They are often described as one of Canada’s best up-and-coming acts, with an ability to blend various musical styles into a brand of infectious pop that is uniquely their own... read more.

All New Tennis Programs Offered Throughout the Month of June

June 2, 2014: New this summer, we're excited to offer a range of lessons and camps on our newly resurfaced tennis courts, with beautiful Mount Tod as your backdrop. Our team of certified coaches bring passion for the game and a wealth of experience to the table, led by Head Coach Kelly Hubbard who has coached high calibre tennis athletes in four countries. 

Programs are offered every Friday through June, with options for all ages and ability levels.
Click here to check out the entire lineup of tennis programs at Sun Peaks Resort!

Racers Chasing Runner's High at Sun Peaks

May 26, 2014: Over 4,500 people are expected to hit the trails at Sun Peaks this summer, competing against each other, their personal bests and the mountains’ diverse terrain in five separate races. The events range from a 1 km walk, to 50 km run to a 26 feature obstacle challenge. In recent years Sun Peaks’ alpine community has evolved into a top quality race venue by partnering with growing, world class race companies.

The world’s leading obstacle race event series will return this fall, drawing over 4000 participants to two Reebok Spartan Races on September 27 and 28, including a Spartan Sprint Race and Western Canada’s only Spartan Beast at 21 km with 28 obstacles. 

“We are very excited to bring two great Spartan Race events back to Sun Peaks this year,” says Dean Stanton, regional director of Spartan Race Western Canada. “We love the location and so do our competitors. Sun Peaks truly is the best ski mountain in the Interior and it makes for a fantastic setting for Spartan Races.”... read more.

ARKELLS to Play Sun Peaks’ Free Summer Concert Series Labour Day Long Weekend

May 13, 2014: One of Canada’s most acclaimed alternative rock bands, ARKELLS, will join the 2014 Sun Peaks Summer Concert Series playing a free outdoor show on Saturday, August 30. The Labour Day concert weekend will expand this year to feature two exciting headliner performances, with the Sunday, August 31 act to be announced in the coming weeks. 

“Our Summer Concert Series now caters to an even broader range of music enthusiast, from rock, to kids, to country and now alternative,” says Christopher Nicolson, president of Tourism Sun Peaks. “This concert weekend is a reflection of the fact that Sun Peaks is a summer destination for every demographic of traveller.” 

This concert announcement is hot on the heels of the 2012 JUNO Group of the Year’s new single, “Never Thought That This Would Happen”. A ‘slow burner’, the song is inspired by a small music festival in their hometown in Ontario. It’s an exciting departure from their previous music while still delivering the energy the band is known for. ARKELLS new album is slated for release this summer, meaning fans can expect a mix of new tunes along with old favourites, like ‘Whistleblower’ and ‘Oh, The Boss is Coming!’ during their set... read more.

Wider Holes Not Needed to Improve Golf Game at Sun Peaks' 18-Hole Golf Course

May 7, 2014: B.C.’s highest elevation golf course is emerging from under the snow thanks to one of the hardest working maintenance crews in the province. Greens clearing began in February and continued throughout the spring. Despite heavy snow in April, conditions are looking fantastic for The Golf Course at Sun Peaks Resort’s official opening on May 31, 2014.

“B.C.’s highest course has its ups, with spectacular scenery and father flying drives at our higher elevation,” says Aidan Kelly, director of sales and marketing for Sun Peaks Resort Corporation. "We're looking forward to another spectacular golf season."

In addition to being known as high, the 18 hole par 72 Graham Cooke designed course also has a reputation as being hard. But according to the Professional Golf Association of BC’s slope assessment of 129 from the back tees, it’s actually one the friendliest courses in the Kamloops region.

“We don’t need oversized holes at Sun Peaks to improve golfers' scores,” says Kelly. “Our pro tips point out that club selection is key here; many use clubs far too large for our tight fairways. We encourage players to refer to our hole-by-hole Pocket Pro tips book to ensure the best possible golf experience.”... read more.

A 'Grand' Day at Sun Peaks: Unveiling the 'Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre'
May 1, 2014: Our resort community celebrated with birthday cake this morning as its signature hotel officially took on its new identity, marking the occasion by cutting a giant ribbon to unveil the 'Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre'.

In keeping with the tone of the new name, ‘Grand’, the occasion was commemorated in a big way with a large complement of hotel staff leading resort community representatives in cutting a ribbon that stretched along much of the façade of the hotel and conference centre.

Presenters included Mike Kohari, General Manager of the Grand, Darcy Alexander, Vice President and General Manager of Sun Peaks Resort, and Christopher Nicolson, President of Tourism Sun Peaks.

Owner SP Hotel Corporation is delighted that the existing leadership team and employees of the luxury hotel have chosen to remain in place and share their continued commitment to its success. That, along with the refurbishment program that began before the end of the winter season, positions the hotel for a truly ‘grand’ future as one of the Thompson Okanagan regions premier destination hotels... Visit The Grand Online.

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Bigger & Better: New Terrain for New Adventures

Sun Peaks Resort's master development plan, which was laid out over 20 years ago, has stood the test of time and remains almost completely unchanged since its original inception. 

This summer, work will begin to fulfill two important sections of the plan in the West Morrisey and Gil’s ski areas. Over 500 acres of new, challenging ski terrain will be added to the Sun Peaks ski boundary area. Already the second largest in British Columbia, Sun Peaks will now be the second largest in Canada at over 4,200 acres of in-bound ski terrain.

Gil’s, a popular backcountry area at the top of Tod Mountain, will see the amount of vertical doubled with the creation of a lower ski-out road leading back to the main ski area. To manage the new terrain, Sun Peaks Resort’s mountain operations team has developed a new snow safety program from the ground up. It also continues to use the master development plan layout to assess and remove diseased and beetle effected timber as part of their industry leading forest health program. West Morrisey will be developed to this end as well, slated for extensive glading as well as a handful of cut runs, adding significant steep and deep terrain to this unique aspect of Mt. Morrisey.

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