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Play in winter wonderland at Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops is a ski -through village that attracts a wide variety of snow lovers from the best of the best on the hill to those looking to kick back, enjoy the winter and take in some of the unique events and experiences offered. - Photo courtesy of Adam Stein/Sun Peaks
Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops is a ski -through village that attracts a wide variety of snow lovers from the best of the best on the hill to those looking to kick back, enjoy the winter and take in some of the unique events and experiences offered.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Adam Stein/Sun Peaks

From future paralympians to professional snowboarders to gifted sommeliers, Sun Peaks Resort attracts the best of the best to take part in an array events this winter.

Guests can ski alongside Australian Olympians, race down a natural gully or enjoy an amazing culinary and wine event all while spending quality time with their family. All of this at just a 45-minute drive from Kamloops.

Join Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia, the 3rd largest ski area in Canada, throughout the month of January to experience a family winter wonderland. With 122 runs covering 3,678 acres of downhill excitement, along with 31 kilometres of groomed and track-set Nordic cross-country trails, the Sun Peaks Resort comes alive welcoming people from around the world to a destination that is more than just skiing.

This winter Sun Peaks will welcome Australian 2010 Olympians Ben Sim (Nordic) and Ramone Cooper (Moguls) as part of a new partnership with Interschools New South Wales. The seventh annual Sun Peaks Family Cup — All Nations Celebration (Jan. 2 to 16)  brings together families from all over the globe.

Apart from the snow sports events there are many other activities planned for the 2013 event week including the Cross Country Kookaburra Cup on Jan. 6, the children’s obstacle course on Jan. 9, skating party on Jan. 10, High Roller Mountain Marathon on Jan. 11, and wrapping up with the Sun Peaks Family Cup and Tubing Party Jan. 12 to 13.

Other great activities to participate in while at Sun Peaks includes the Snowshoe Marshmallow roasts. Experience the magic of a winter’s night on a moonlit snowshoe tour including a delicious camp fire treat of S’mores.

An easy one-kilometre tour and guided trek takes guests through the beautiful forest trails, then they will enjoy a roaring fire, hot chocolate and treats at the cozy winter camp.

The return journey offers beautiful views overlooking the picturesque village and its sparking lights.

For a truly unique experience board the Sunburst Express Chairlift at 5 p.m. for a twilight ride up to the Sunburst Mid Mountain restaurant where you will be treated to a delightful fondue accompanied by live music. After the meal you will cruise down the lantern-lit slopes of the 5 Mile ski run with your guide. The star-lit sky is the perfect backdrop for the ski down and is a great way to end your day on the mountain.

Kick off your day on the mountain with exclusive access to exceptional alpine terrain accessed by the Crystal chair until 9 a.m. followed by a hearty breakfast. With your First Tracks ticket you will get exclusive access to the pristine alpine experience.

Snow lovers heading to Sun Peaks Jan. 12 to 20 will get to sample two of B.C.’s finest assets – winter recreation and wine at the Festival of Wine. Talk about aprés-ski taken to new heights.

Get out your party jeans and head to the perennial favourite, the Sun Peaks Progressive Wine Tasting presented by WestJet.

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