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Snowbound Family Fun at Sun Peaks Ski Resort in British Columbia

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Rejoice snow lovers, winter is here! Skiers and snow boarders who enjoy varied terrain, champagne powder, and bluebird skies will fall in love with Sun Peaks Ski Resort in British Columbia. Here's why to pack up your warmest sweaters and ski gear for a trip to the second largest ski resort in Canada.

Sun Peaks Ski Resort

Sun Peaks Ski Resort (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Getting to Sun Peaks Ski Resort

Located in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia's interior, Sun Peaks is a four-hour drive from Vancouver or just over five hours from Seattle. With three connected mountains offering runs for every ski level, and the cutest European-style, pedestrian-only village, Sun Peaks Ski Resort really offers something for everyone.

Skiing with Canadian Olympic Legend Nancy Greene at Sun Peaks Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada

Skiing with Canadian Olympic Legend Nancy Greene? Priceless. (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

Three Mountains for Family Fun

With more than 100 trails of skiable terrain offering challenges for every ability level of skiers and boarders on three distinct mountains, Sun Peaks Ski Resort is just about the most perfect family-friendly resort. You can switch up your daily routine based on the time of day, to catch the best sunshine (they don’t call it Sun Peaks for nothing!) or fresh powder based on mountain location. All of the runs are within walking distance of the main village center. If you have older teenagers who want some freedom to carve at their own pace or practice their rail-riding skills at the Terrain Park, it’s easy to meet up at the end of the day in the centralized village.

The Sports School offers excellent ski and snowboard lessons with accredited and enthusiastic instructors, for kids as young as 3 years old. Our children began their ski lessons at that young age, and it is a great time to introduce kids to skiing, if they’re amenable to the idea. If not, there’s a Kids Centre that offers child-minding from 18 months to 5 years of age. If you’re thinking about booking ski lessons, do call ahead and reserve your spots, especially in high season.

Snowmobiling for the first time was a total rush at Sun Peaks in British Columbia

Snowmobiling for the first time was a total rush (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

For older kids and adults wanting to try something new, or hone their existing skiing skills, there are group or private lessons available for every level. Don’t miss the complimentary Sun Host Tours for skiers or boarders of various abilities. You’ll get a local’s knowledge of the mountain, and a great tour of the resort.

If kids or adults need a break from all that riding, there’s loads of other winter activities to enjoy. Try your luck with the Bungee Trampoline, go snow tubing, enjoy on a horse drawn sleigh ride, embark on a snowmobiling adventure, or take a spin around the skating rink in the village.

Skiing with an Olympic Champion at Sun Peaks

If you’re lucky enough to visit when she’s at the resort, seize the opportunity to ski with legendary Olympic Champion Nancy Greene, Canada’s Female Athlete of the Century. Signs at the chair lifts state whether she’ll be on the slopes on a particular day, and skiers of all levels are welcome.

Snowbound at Sun Peaks Ski Resort

Snowbound at Sun Peaks Ski Resort (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

European-Style Resort Village

Sun Peaks' compact, pedestrian-only village is modeled after many European ski villages. Many of the shops sell ski apparel, gear and equipment. There is also a small grocery store, a liquor store, clothing boutiques, spas and sweets shops.

The restaurant scene at Sun Peaks offers wide choices for all ages. You’ll want to visit local favorite Mountain High Pizza for some eat-in slices or a takeaway pie, and stop in at the Bolacco Café for a latte or hot chocolate. For breakfast or a more leisurely brunch, do visit Tod Mountain Cafe for delicious sweet and savory crepes (including gluten-free). For a lounge-style family meal, Masa’s Bar + Grill is right in the Village. For a real treat, visit The Voyageur Bistro for a true-north-strong-and-free delicious Canadian dining experience.

What’s that smell on the Sunburst Express Chairlift?! If you like cinnamon buns, stop in to Sunburst Lodge at the top of Mount Tod for a freshly baked, ooey-gooey cinnamon bun. You’ll be fortified to ski all day long because those buns are BIG!

A suite at Hearthstone Lodge

A suite at Hearthstone Lodge (Photo credit: Hearthstone Lodge)

Sun Peaks Accommodation Choices

All of the hotels and lodges at Sun Peaks Ski Resort are conveniently located slopeside within the central village. The Hearthstone Lodge features cosy suites with full kitchens and seating areas, connecting rooms for families, and ski storage lockers.

There’s a wide variety of condos and apartments for rent, all of which have hot tubs attached for a lovely après-ski soak. Many condos can accommodate more than one family and are perfect for sharing with a larger group. Most private rentals are also ski-in, ski-out, which is great for popping in for a quick homemade lunch and break for younger (or older!) family members.

A Note from The Curious Travel Mama: Thank you to Sun Peaks Ski Resort for hosting our family's visit. As always, my opinions are honest and my own.

Have you skied at Sun Peaks Ski Resort? Share your comments and tips below!

About Claudia Laroye, The Curious Travel Mama

Claudia Laroye lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two sons (ages 18 and 20). She started travelling at a very young age, and has never stopped. She’s had the fortune of visiting more than 20 countries on four continents, and has also lived abroad in Sweden. Claudia is passionate about family travel and about educating children through the travel experience. She is the author of the thetravellingmom.ca, and contributes to many online and print media publications. Connect with Claudia on Twitter as @travelling_mom.

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