Sun Peaks to open early amidst heavy snowfall

Heavy Interior snowfall due to strong Pacific winter storms have allowed Sun Peaks Resort to open early

(Nov. 16, 2015) Heavy Interior snowfall due to strong Pacific winter storms off B.C.’s coast have allowed Sun Peaks Resort to open its doors early for the ski season.

The mountain has accumulated over 47 centimeters of snow in just the past seven days. This trend is expected to continue with another 26 centimeters anticipated to fall before the end of the week.

Canada’s second largest ski area will turn its lifts on and open the doors to downhill and cross-country crowds this Friday, Nov. 20.

“We are extremely excited to begin our winter operations for the 2015/16 season earlier than expected this year. We have been very fortunate to receive significant snowfall over the past week and this has led to some fantastic snow conditions on the mountain. We are eager to pass this excitement along to our guests”, said Aidan Kelly, director of sales and marketing.

“The blasts of winter snow storms help generate enthusiasm and ski vacation bookings across the globe,” explains Christopher Nicolson, Tourism Sun Peaks president. “Our Kamloops and area locals are usually the first to enjoy the opening runs of the season.  And through social media and webcams they excite skiers in places such as Vancouver, Seattle, Toronto and Australia.”

A record number of competitive ski teams from across Canada have been training at Sun Peaks on the Nancy Greene’s International Race Centre since Nov. 9.

Reliable early season snow, preferred terrain, and a slopeside village are the reasons for the resort’s popularity. Thirty-three teams are expected to have trained at Sun Peaks by mid-December.

Details regarding lifts and terrain will be released later this week as mountain crews make final preparations.

Up-to-date information will be posted at www.sunpeaksresort.com