Every once in a while ski resorts take family-friendliness as seriously as does Sun Peaks – whether it is the beginner area or the family-friendly runs that can be found all over the ski resort.
Great Beginner Area & Terrain Park
Located right next to the base stations of Sunburst Express and Sundance Express, Sun Peaks offers one of the best beginner-only areas. Due to its location, it is easy to get to without having to cross the whole ski resort. Actually, skiers take advantage of the snowy roads at Sun Peaks Village making it a ski-in/ski-out resort.
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. Also, the Platter Park boasts small features that are fun to session for beginners in freestyle – so no skier is left out here at no time!
We recommend to move to the Burfield Chair that serves 5 Mile where beginners learn to meander on a quite wide-open run. The clue is in the name: 5 Mile is a designated green run which is exactly 5 miles long. What is special about this run is the fact that tons of blue and black runs branch off 5 Mile, that in the end merge back into it. This combination makes not only for endless varieties, but also for family skiing at its finest, as all family members – whatever their ability levels are – can start and end the descent together, as the run and its branches suit all levels, guaranteeing hours of fun on the slopes.
Tree-Skiing for the (In)Experienced
What we loved most were the runs at Mr. Morrisey. Since some trees were left on the slopes, even younger and smaller skiers or simply beginners get the surface impression of tree skiing. The Spikes is our favorite regarding an option for both the experienced skiers and skiers who are more on the inexperienced side.
Anyway, there are tons of other options and details making Sun Peaks the perfect family resort. The hotels are multifaceted and cover all possible price categories. Moreover, all of those are located directly in the heart of the ski area. Due to the fact that the streets in Sun Peaks are left (and made) snowy, even hotels which would not be considered central or adjacent to the ski resort serve as ski-in/ski-out resorts. In addition, the restaurants in the village are suited for all budgets.
What dampens the mood a little are the missing family deals or discounts. Notwithstanding, we are thrilled by the outstanding infrastructure of the ski resort as well as all family-concerning offers: The beginner area, the wide-open, family-friendly slopes or the offers at hotels and restaurants – never before we have seen such a well-conceived target-group-specific concept.