Located right next to the base stations of Sunburst Express and Sundance Express, Sun Peaks offers one of the best beginner-only areas as well as a fantastic progression allowing to progress easy and quickly. Due to its location, it is easy to get to without having to cross the whole ski resort. Actually, it's just the opposite: Skiers take advantage of the snowy roads at Sun Peaks Village making it a ski-in/ski-out resort.
Sun Peaks Sports School
What's more is there are excellent ski school programs at Sun Peaks for first-timers and beginners of all age groups and of course for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. A dedicated learning zone for beginners who have grasped the basics of skiing makes it a great place for advanced beginners with easy-to-use carpets and surface lifts.
Once they get the basics of turning and stopping, they are free to explore the ski resort which spreads on three mountains (Sundance, Mt. Tod and Mt. Morrisey). We recommend to move to the Burfield Chair that serves 5 Mile where they learn to meander on a quite wide-open run.
Low Crowd Levels & Short Lift Wait Times
Sun Peaks is further made enticing by low crowd levels – which you will be rarely used to when skiing in European ski resorts. Never before we've had such uncrowded runs to enjoy all to ourselves. According to the operators of the ski resort, this is the rule rather than the exception thanks to the broad expanse and vastness of the skiable terrain. Plus, even if there are no vacancies, you will not have to wait longer than 5 minutes to get on the lift of your choice.
Tree Skiing for Beginners
Spectacular views are what to expect when carving down Mt. Morrisey's tree runs, such as The Spikes and The Grand Return. Skiing through trees at Sun Peaks is a fun experience even for skiers who consider themselves beginners – so, please, fear not: It will be a truly hassle-free experience.
So, no matter if you are a seasoned skier or just venturing onto easy slopes, Sun Peaks is one of those ski resorts to cater for every ability level. There is great news: Due to outstanding piste markers and signposting you will always know which run is the easiest way down.
Verdict is in: Beginners find the best conditions possible in Sun Peaks in order to be able to successfully taking their first "steps" on skis or snowboard. The only thing that can be faulted is the outdated lift system, which is – as is customary in Canada – purpose-built in the first place.