Bucket List Worthy
It’s been an unusual winter in the northern hemisphere. Polar vortex and relentless snowstorms in the Northeast, abnormally dry weather in the Pacific Northwest, blistering cold in the Midwest.
While some are eager to escape the cold and travel south to warmer climates, we prefer to embrace winter and hit the slopes. Fresh powder runs, stunning mountain vistas, lively après ski, bubbling hot tubs, and crackling fire places – does it get any better?
We have an annual tradition to visit a new ski resort each winter season, which is somewhat easy to accomplish when one lives in beautiful British Columbia.
This year’s trip had us visiting Sun Peaks Resort, located in central British Columbia, about 45 minutes drive from the city of Kamloops. With over 3,600 acres of skiable terrain, Sun Peaks is the 2nd largest ski resort in British Columbia and 3rd largest in Canada, behind Whistler and Banff-Lake Louise.
Aside from its world class skiing and snowboarding, Sun Peaks is famed for its convenient Ski In and Ski Out accommodations and European-style alpine village.
We stayed at the iconic Coast Sundance Lodge, perfectly situated a few steps from the base of the Sundance Express Chairlift. It’s an ideal hotel for budget-conscious families because it offers one bedroom suites with fully stocked kitchens. The one bedroom suites come with two queen sized beds, but one is located in the living room, which is very convenient for families with young children that go to bed early or require daytime naps.
The ski resort is called Sun Peaks for a reason – it’s quite common to catch a sunny bluebird day on the slopes, even in the thick of winter. So, for those that choose to trade the sandy beaches for snowy trails, you need not worry about a lack of Vitamin D.
Beyond skiing and snowboarding, there are enough outdoor adventures and family friendly activities to keep everyone happy, including snow tubing, snowshoe golfing, dog-sledding, snowmobile tours, ice skating and mountain snowshoeing.
A fun twist on traditional snowshoeing is the moonlight snowshoe and campfire cookout. After an easy 1 km hike through old growth forest trails, you arrive at a cozy mountain camp where sausages, s’mores and hot apple cider are enjoyed by the warm campfire.
It’s a great way to see the stars and socialize after a full day on the slopes.
Another fun activity is a horse drawn sleigh ride through the snowy village and surrounding forest trails. This was a highlight for our toddler, who had never been on a sleigh ride before and giggled when the horses went fast.
Our trip to Sun Peaks Resort reminded us that we don’t need to escape winter’s chill, we need to get outside and embrace it.
What are you waiting for?