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SUN & SNOW
AT SUN PEAKS
as one of the top 10 ski resorts in North America by the Conde Naste
Poll, Sun Peaks, British Columbia features a
plethora of winter activities. To get to this snowy wonderland, travelers
might opt to take the four hour drive from Vancouver along the Coquihalla
Highway through some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent.
Another option would be a leisurely overnight Via Rail train trip through
the Canadian Rockies. For those eager to hit the slopes, Air Canada
and Westjet Airlines provide a less than one hour flight from Vancouver
to the town of Kamloops. The 45 minute drive from Kamloops into the
Mountains presents a prelude to this winter
wonderland, its dense evergreens laden with snow. A friendly atmosphere,
great snow and reasonable prices await visitors to Canada’s second
largest mountain resort.
Snowshoe Golf and Huskies
No need to forfeit your golf game this winter. Sun Peaks has begun another leisurely activity… Snowshoe Golf, a made in Canada experience. All that is needed is a pair of snowshoes, a golf club, some colored golf balls and a course map. For those up for a faster pace, dog sledding gets your adrenaline going and is an easy sport to learn. Just a few commands and instructions exist about what to do when going up and down hills, around curves and how to get the dogs to go faster or slow down. Alaskan Husky Adventures represents a good option as guests enjoy the exhilarating experience of mushing their own team through the valley or riding as a passenger on a guided sled through the snowy course. Other action sports available include a thrilling snowmobile ride or tubing down the snowy slopes. For those who prefer horses to dogs, nothing can be more romantic than a sleigh ride, snuggled under warm blankets, sipping hot chocolate under the moonlight. Two half brothers, a pair of enormous Clydesdales appropriately named Thor and Zeus sure footedly make their way through the quaint hamlet, its shops and restaurants festively lit and into Sun Peaks tranquil surrounding countryside.
Peaks Winter Festival In January
In addition to the Winter Festival of Wine, several special events take place at the resort each year. The Sun Peaks Family Cup week includes a recreational race, skating party, awards ceremony and tubing party, January 4-10, 2010. The World Cup Speed Skiing event goes into action March 4-7, 2010 with 50 speed skiers from 10 countries converging for a race down the Headwalls ski run at Sun Peaks. Skiing, snowboarding, mushing a team of huskies or snowmobiling keeps visitors busy from morning until night.
Sun Peaks Resort
The luxury four diamond Delta Sun Peaks Resort features spacious alpine suites and fully furnished condominiums with wood burning fireplaces. It's ski-in/ski-out access makes it one of the area’s most popular hotels, including an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, activity center, health club and Mantles Restaurant and Bar. Conveniently situated adjacent to the charming pedestrian friendly town center Sun Peaks features a variety of dining spots including the newly opened M Room and Morrisey’s Public House. © Bargain Travel West
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