The snow season is upon us, and for some it’s the most magical time of year. Our Flightie Kate Perrier shares her experience carving up the trails of some of the best mountain sides North America has to offer in beautiful British Columbia:
As soon as the snow came to British Columbia, I was excited to strap on my board and experience Sun Peaks Resort and Whistler/Blackcomb.
Sunpeaks resort is located one hour outside of Kamloops, BC and about a 3.5 hour flight from Toronto. Sunpeaks started as Tod Mountain, the home of Karen Greene Olympic champion and has expanded to 3,678 ski-able acres of terrain, 881 meters of vertical, 122 runs, including 12 glade areas with an elevation of 2,152m. The three mountain faces offer two alpine bowls, cruising green and blue runs, a Terrain park (9-acre terrain park with three distinct zones for novice, intermediate, and expert), a great bunny hill with a movator, and black runs for all levels.
I got in a number of runs my first day carving up the trails and was able to board from one side of the mountain to the other with ease as the resort boasts 11 lifts total including 3 high speed quad chairlifts, 2 quad chairlifts, 1 triple chairlift, and 5 surface lifts. The runs were well groomed and has a nice corduroy groove. I loved doing burners all day hitting the same runs a couple times as small jumps were built between trees and on the sides of the runs, (perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders).
We left for Whistler on a Friday from Sunpeaks and the drive is 4-5 hours long on a newly paved roadway. Whistler being one of the most famous mountains for winter activities in the world is also home to the 2010 Winter Olympic games. The mountain did not dissappoint what so ever; with two summits Whistler and Blackcomb sitting side by side with an average snow fall of 402 inches/33.5 feet
and 8,171 acres/3,307 hectares of terrain with over 200 trails between the two mountains.
Whistler and Blackcomb each have a gondola up to the 38 chair lifts the mountains share. The over 200 trails are well groomed and amazing. Starting on the Whistler side in the morning is best as the sun travels over to the Blackcomb side on the afternoon and the sun softens the hard packed snow making carving easier and less edges are caught. The two mountains are connected by a peak to peak Gondola. I can’t even begin to explain the views one can experience and how amazing this form of transportation is. As a boarder one can travel from peak to peak all day enjoying each mountain never having to endure long chairlift rides to reach a number of different runs.
The winds were unbelievable at the top of Whistler and Blackcomb and luckily there are many lodges, restaurants, and pit stops to rest and take some amazing pictures. The best run all day was the last heading down from the top of Blackcomb, where one can see the glacier that is snow covered all year long to the bottom of the Blackcomb gondola. The run takes roughly 30 minutes and cuts down gullies, mountain faces and between trees, calling for heaps of fun.
I can not wait to head back to B.C. to explore some more of their amazing mountains, scenery and hospitality. Every Canadian should experience what is offered in their own back yard. All I can say is we are incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful country.
BC offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world with 13 major resorts. Epic snowfalls, huge verticals, expansive backcountry, diverse terrain, spectacular scenery and a mild winter climate which provide the backdrop for big mountain skiing at winter resorts. Whether it’s Okanagan “champagne” powder, the expansive terrain and amazing village at Whistler Blackcomb or the breathtaking “Powder Highway”, BC has you covered.
To start planning you BC adventure, contact Kate Perrier by connecting with her online, visiting her in-store or calling 1-866-788-5108