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If it is a family-fun ski resort you are looking for, make sure you consider Sun Peaks Resort. The second-largest ski resort in Canada, the resort has been deemed as one of our preferred ‘Family’ ski resorts. With 4270 acres (1728 hectares) of skiable terrain for all levels of ability to explore, there is plenty of on and off-snow adventures to be discovered.

Located in the Interior of British Columbia, it is a 45-minute drive from Kamloops Airport; a 2.5 hour roadtrip from Kelowna International Airport; as well as offering a regular shuttle connector service to Whistler. Boasting an intimate pedestrian village with ski-in ski-out accommodation, you’ll find everything you need for a dream ski vacation at Sun Peaks.

Sun Peaks Highlights

©Kelly Funk
©Kelly Funk

Sun Peaks Resort

The second largest ski resort in Canada, Sun Peaks, is a unique destination that has plenty to offer. Spread across three mountains, Tod, Sundance and Morrisey, you will find a skiable 4270 acres (1728 hectares). Offering 360 degrees of skiing, each ski run funnels down the mountain trio to its iconic ski-in, ski-out village below.

Suggested in its name, this resort is jam-packed with sunshine. In fact, it is gifted more sun than any other Canadian ski resort, guaranteeing endless fun in the sun for the entire group. Throw in its hefty snowfall of light and dry ‘champagne powder’ and you get a ski resort with plenty of sunny skiing!

There are 138 trails and 17 gladed areas available to explore. It is a skier’s paradise with groomed corduroy, steeps, gladed tree runs, terrain parks, and access to guided backcountry skiing.

One of the best parts about Sun Peaks? When compared to other resorts, it isn’t as crowded. This means not only is there more space for visitors to roam, but there is also less of a line when it comes to waiting for lifts!

When you’re done with skiing, the heart of the resort will be waiting for you. A pedestrian-only ski-in, ski-out village, this European Tyrol inspired set-up allows you to ski to the shops and après ski scene in a seamless experience. Here you will find accommodation and other amenities to enhance your overall stay at Sun Peaks.

It’s a winter romance paradise

Are you searching for a snow haven to be the destination for your next romantic getaway? Sun Peaks will not disappoint! This paradise is a popular wedding spot and is one of the few spots you can have a winter wedding in the snow.

Perched mid-mountain sits a quaint, snowbound chapel that overlooks the resort. Offering the perfect backdrop for your special day, this beloved venue is a picture-perfect setting suited for special events, such as the exchange of nuptials.

Beyond the chapel and function spaces, you will find other romantic options creating intimate moments for you and your partner. From fondue dinners, romantic sleigh rides, and even a spa to treat and immerse yourselves in!


Dogsledding at Sun Peaks Resort

Bucket-list worthy activities

Home to many bucket-list winter activities, Sun Peaks has several thrilling activities on offer, which our team can arrange. Take in the views through a classic mode of transportation via a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride; try your hand at ice fishing; or get rink side at an ice hockey game.

If you desire more adrenaline, a dog sled or snowmobile ride are the ticket. Once you are finished hitting the three mountains, you can shake it up with the wide selection of winter activities on offer.

Maybe you want something a little slower. If you’re a keen fisherman, you’ll be excited to learn that guided ice fishing tours are available! An authentic Canadian experience, some of the best lakes in BC are within your reach, waiting to be explored.

Extensive ski improvement camps and lessons

The Sun Peaks Sports School has a well-run service that has a respected reputation within the ski industry. Staying at Sun Peaks provides you with one of the best opportunities for developing your skills on the snow. Plus, the resort itself has easy-to-learn terrain, making it the ideal classroom for all ability levels.

They offer a wide range of lessons, programs and camps for all levels, available as groups or one-on-one. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier or snowboarder, there is something for all levels! In addition to the established programs, there are also special programs that can be tailored for specific disciplines such as race training, Nordic skiing, freestyle and moguls.

As for the little ones, Sun Peaks hasn’t counted them out! The Sundance Kids Centre is a fun centre that delivers children between 3 and 5 with snow experiences and tuition. In short, this resort will help the whole family develop and enhance their snow skills!

Sun Peaks Resort Apres Ski; ©Reuben Krabbe
©Reuben Krabbe

Traditional dining scenes

Whether you are feeling peckish or ravenous; the après ski dining offered in the European-inspired village of Sun Peaks will have you leaving satisfied. In addition to shops, the quaint village is dotted with cafes and restaurants, certain to delight all tastebuds.

You will be impressed with the family-friendly culinary range, as well as gourmet experiences for a romantic dinner. There is the traditional Italian Mediterranean Kitchen, sushi, a steakhouse, a pub and more. Don’t forget to visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Shop. A favourite with everyone!

For an authentic gastronomic experience, the Voyageur Bistro in the Village offers a Canadian experience with locally themed produce and ingredients to savour. Your meal is paired with award-winning local Okanagan wines, so you get the complete local experience.

If timed well, you may even plan your stay during the must-do culinary event of the year, the Sun Peaks Okanagan Winter Wine Festival. Generally held in March, this event allows you to participate in the snow activities with innovative wine and food events.