, pub-1183232341631896, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 We Discover Canada And Beyond: Carving The Mountain at Sun Peaks Resort
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17 December 2009

Carving The Mountain at Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peak Resort - North of Kamloops, BC. Canada

In October of this year when were out camping in the Chilcotin and in the Cariboo, we drove up to the Sun Peaks Village. It is a wonderful spot. We decided then we should come back for a few days when we could check out the winter conditions.

We just came back from three days on the mountain and it was wonderful. We stayed at the Delta Sun Peaks Resort and it was first class. From day one when we emailed the hotel to the day we left, the staff was super friendly. The room was very nice and clean with a great view of the mountains.

One night we went for dinner in the hotel. The restaurant is called Mantel, and this was the first evening with a new menu. Absolutely superb meal was presented. For a starter, Liz had a salad with organic greens and an outstanding vinaigrette. I had a crab cake, and it was a really good size, with real dungeness crab. No filler what so ever, just pure crab.

For the main Course I had roasted duck with scallops from Qualicum Beach on a bed of polenta; the best I ever had. Liz had an equally as good main course. Grilled buffalo sirloin and it was cooked to perfection. Since we had a variety of food, we paired it with a bottle of Merlot from Sandhill Estates Winery in the Okanagan Valley, BC.

The mountain Sun Peaks Resort is great with 3,678 acres of terrain, the second largest ski area in British Columbia, and the third largest in Canada. The summit elevation is 2,152m (7,060'), with the longest run being around 8km (5 miles) long. There are a total of 11 lifts, including 3 high speed quad chairlifts, 2 quad chairlifts, 1 triple chairlift, and 5 surface lifts. All these lifts can move 12,000 people per hour.

Sun Peaks boosts 559cm (220") of  wonderful powder per year and over 2,000 sunshine hours per year. Just a great place to hang out. Let's have a look at the average winter temperatures:

  • December  -9.5ºC / 15ºF
  • January  -6.7ºC / 20ºF
  • February  -6.1ºC / 21ºF
  • March  -3.9ºC / 25ºF
  • April -1.1ºC / 30ºF
If down hill is not your kind of thing then there is 28km of groomed cross country trails, plus 12km of back-country trails and dedicated snowshoe trails

Sun Peaks is not just for winter sports, the summer is also a great time to be up here. Up here you can enjoy 18 hole golf, bike park, trail rides, tennis, outdoor pool, canoe rentals, voyageur canoe tours, kayak rentals, hiking tours, bike clinics and tours, photo shoots and clinics, guided fly fishing, mountain adventure camps, and bungee trampoline. Further there is 15 hiking trails and 39 Bike Park Trails, totaling 70km, with 255 features.

There are lots of accommodation on the mountain and you can get some really good deals The Delta Sun Peaks is only one of them. We will go back to Sun Peaks. For more pictures of our trip to Sun Peaks and back check out our Picasa Album.

Cheers, Liz and Anders

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