Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia

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Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 2894ft/882m, total trails 138, closest airport 39mi/63km, lifts 13 & more. The Ski Resort is located about an hour northeast of the city of Kamloops, BC in the Columbia Mountain Range. The origins of Sun Peaks Resort date back to 1961 when […]

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Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia & Escape2ski provides info on; vertical drop 2894ft/882m, total trails 138, closest airport 39mi/63km, lifts 13 & more.

The Ski Resort is located about an hour northeast of the city of Kamloops, BC in the Columbia Mountain Range. The origins of Sun Peaks Resort date back to 1961 when the ski area opened to the public under the name Tod Mountain.
The idea to create a ski area came by chance to Don Whyte, a land surveyor who spotted the alpine peak known as Tod Mountain while driving north on Hwy 97 from Monte Lake, BC.

After that chance sighting and input from a dozen people including Dr. Bill McLaren, Tod Mountain became a reality when it opened with the Burfield Day Lodge, a chairlift and several trails.

Tod Mountain Ski Area was forced to close in 1968 due to severe fire damage to the lift equipment. With the repairs complete, Tod Mountain re-opened in December 1970 with much anticipation from the local and nearby skiing community.
The most significant change was yet to come for this family-friendly ski area when in 1992, the Nippon Cable Company Ltd of Japan purchased the assets of Tod Mountain and the wonderful transition from a well-known local ski facility to one that sits on the world’s stage started to take place.

One of the first orders of business was a name change, and with this in July 1993, the name Sun Peaks Resort emerged along with a master plan to transform the ski area into a four-season resort complete with a pedestrian-style village. Sun Peaks Resort quickly added new terrain, more lifts, including High-Speed Quads.

In 2002, the expansion on Mt Morrisey was completed and this added 17 new trails serviced by a new High-Speed Quad. Today, Sun Peaks Resort offers skiing and snowboarding on three mountains, Sundance, Mt Morrisey and Tod Mountain.

On the Slopes

  • Sun Peaks Resort offers diverse terrain across its three mountains, including 17 gladed areas, a good selection of intermediate cruisers and 2 alpine bowls, Crystal and West. If you want to challenge yourself to a black diamond run near the Crystal Chair, check out Spillway or Headwalls.
  • Sun Peaks Resort features the massive 10-acre Rockstar Terrain Park that stretches from the top of the Sundance Express chairlift all the way to the base area. This park has rails, boxes, barrels, drain tubs and big and small jumps along its descent.
  • Sun Peaks Resort Sports School has a dedicated team of ski and snowboard instructors ready to get you on the slopes through the various lessons and programs, such as group, private, adaptive, learn to ski or snowboard, ladies’ clinics or even a mogul camp.
  • An added feature is the complimentary Sun Host Mountain Tours that depart daily at 9:15 am and 1:00 pm from between the Sunburst Chair and Village Day Lodge, which is a great way to see the mountain through the eyes of an experienced guide.
  • At the centre of the resort’s three mountains, Sun Peaks Resort offers a ski-through European-style village, which features shopping boutiques, restaurants, and a good selection of various types of accommodations that include ski-in/ski-out, hotels, condos and townhomes, chalets and even a dedicated lot for RVing and winter camping.

Off the Slopes

  • The city of Kamloops is an alternate place to stay if staying on the mountain is not an option. Kamloops is a diverse city that provides many lodging options, dining, and shopping either in the downtown district or one of the three shopping malls.
  • Sun Peaks Resort is your complete winter getaway offering a vast selection of activities when you are not on the slopes. The Tube Park located next to the Village Platter Lift is a great family-friendly activity, plus outdoor skating on an NHL size ice surface, drop-in hockey, snowmobiling, dog sledding and snowshoeing on your own or with a tour.
  • Sun Peaks Resort also offers a Nordic Centre and extensive trail system that covers over 37km of groomed and track set trails that can take you to places like Little McGillivray Lake. The trail network provides trails to suit all ability levels and even has pet-friendly trails. Click here to see the Nordic Trail Map.
  • Child-minding and Daycare services are available 7 days a week for children as young as 18 months. The Sundance Kids Centre is located at the base of the Sunburst Express Chairlift.
  • Sun Peaks Resort offers a FREE transit service for transportation around the mountain base areas, with various stops. There is also a Ski & Ride Bus from Kamloops, which is available Saturday-Sunday and other select dates, for a fee.
  • Airport Shuttles are convenient and are available to and from the Kamloops and Kelowna Airports throughout the ski and snowboard season. Simply call Sun Peaks Central Reservations at 1-800-807-3257 ext. 1 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm or email [email protected]
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
2894 ft / 882 m

Base Elevation:
3930 ft / 1198 m

Summit Elevation:
6824 ft / 2080 m

Skiable Area:
4270 acres

Average Snowfall:
220 in / 559 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 138

Beginner: 14 (10%)

Intermediate: 80 (58%)

Advanced: 34 (25%)

Expert: 10 (7%)

Terrain Parks: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Kamloops BC , 39mi / 63km

Nearest Major City:
Kamloops BC, 37mi / 60km

Nearest Town/City:
Kamloops BC, 37mi / 60km

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 19 to Apr 16

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
8:30am to 3:30pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 13

Express Quad Chairs: 3

Quad Chairs: 4

Surface Lifts: 6


Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: No

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Kamloops Airport  (YKA)
Distance: 39 mi / 63 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Kelowna Intl Airport  (YLW)
Distance: 131 mi / 211 km
Ranking: Least Convenient

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-807-3257

Direct Phone: 250-578-5399

Snow Phone: 250-578-7232

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Ski Resort Shuttle