A snow-loving Seattle native, I’ve been skiing and snowboarding all over the west, but have never skied in nearby British Columbia. After a recent ski vacation to Sun Peaks Resort BC, I realized how much I had been missing. From incredible skiing to a European style ski in ski out village, and a variety of family-friendly and special needs-accessible activities, it’s easy to see why the second largest ski resort in BC attracts families from all over the region – including Seattle.
With short lift lines and several runs that I literally had to myself, I felt like maybe all 3,678 acres of champagne powder were reserved just for me. Perfect for families, there is a wide variety of terrain to make every level of skier and snowboarder happy, and because all runs lead to the village center, the kids can’t stray too far and family meet ups are easy. I tried a Sun Peaks Resort Snow Limo Tour, something unique to BC ski resorts, it transports non-skiing family members down the hill for an opportunity to participate in on-the-mountain activities.
Ski in ski out
Based on a European-style ski-through village, simply walk out the door of your hotel, step into your skis or snowboard and hit the slopes. Restaurants, shopping and the Aquatic Centre are all located along the pedestrian-only central path, which is lined by wheelchair-friendly sidewalks. There’s no need to pack up the car or take a shuttle. That’s something every ski mom can fall in love with. I stayed at the Sun Peaks Delta, situated right at the base of the beginner hill. It had a full restaurant and bar with great food – and room service, which comes in handy when traveling with a family.
Variety of family-friendly activities
Maybe you or a family member doesn’t ski, or you need to give your body a rest after a couple of days full of powder, Sun Peaks Resort has a plethora of activities in addition to skiing. Take the magic carpet up to the tubing hill, head out for a family-friendly snowmobiling experience, explore nature on a sun peaks resort snowshoe tour, or spend some time at the spa. If your kids are like mine, the Sports & Aquatic Centre will be a huge hit.
Seemingly endless Nordic trails
I met several families from the Seattle area while exploring some of the almost 20 miles of pet-friendly cross-country trails. The groomed Nordic trails can be accessed right from the village, including some that lead to nice warming hut, the perfect place for a snack break.
Sun Peaks Resort features great restaurants ranging from the best espresso and fresh pastries at Bolacco Café, to locally sourced steaks at the Steakhouse, authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi at Oya and fresh-baked pizza. On advice of a good friend, I went on a cinnamon bun quest to the Sunburst Mid Mountain Restaurant and was not disappointed. I considered bringing one home to share, but it didn’t quite make it that far.
Ski with a Champion
Where else can you ski with an Olympic champion? Nancy Greene, Olympic Champion, Canadian Senator, and Director of Skiing makes herself available to ski with guests on weekends, no matter what your ski level. I had the privilege of meeting her during my visit, and she is truly an inspiration. My Canadian friends told me how much she has given to skiing in Canada. When I posted my photo with her on my Facebook page, one of my friends enthusiastically wrote, “Every kids ski program in Canada is named after her!”
Special needs adaptive skiing
I saved the best for last. I have a daughter with special needs, and for me the best feature of Sun Peaks Resort is the Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP) which provides ski lessons and experiences for people of all abilities so that the whole family can ski together. Having my family on the mountain together is one of those things that makes my heart extra happy.
I returned home from my visit with great stories, new friends, sore muscles, the sudden desire to say “eh” at the end of every sentence, and thoughts of planning my next family ski vacation to Sun Peaks Resort.
Disclaimer: Sun Peaks Resort and BC Tourism provided my trip for purposes of my review, the opinions and experiences are my own.