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For anyone who's grown weary of Alpine overcrowding, a Sun Peaks ski holiday is powerful tonic...
Of only modest size, Sun Peaks is all but empty in the middle of week, and offers its visitors the prospect of peaceful surroundings, high-quality accommodation, and stress-free skiing.
Resort height: 1,255m
Sun Peaks' skiing is split between three separate peaks, and on all three you'll find top-to-bottom runs which beginners will be able to manage by the end of their first week. It's rare for first-time skiers to be able to range so freely over a mountain, on such long runs, and for this reason alone it's worth making the trek to Canada for your first skiing or snowboarding experience.
But there are two more powerful incentives. The first is the excellent ski school, where English-speaking lessons come as standard. The second is that the ski trails are so quiet here you won't be troubled by young bloods zooming past you at speed every five seconds - an experience which unnerves many beginners in busier ski resorts.
For much the same reasons, early intermediates will have a blast in Sun Peaks too - though their more skilled comrades will have skied or boarded the place to death after three days. In which case, it's best to think of Sun Peaks as one stop on a road trip that also takes in other ski resorts in the region, such as Whistler.
It's a long way to British Columbia. Most holiday packages have you flying into Kamloops airport...
You will generally have to change planes at Vancouver or Calgary en route. But the good news is that once you're there, the transfer to Sun Peaks is under an hour.
First-time skiers and snowboarders and nervous intermediates will love the long, gentle runs of Sun Peaks...
This is not a resort for experts, though.
The attractive, purpose-built village of Sun Peaks offers value for money and a wide choice of restaurants...
It depends what you're after. For a quiet relaxing drink in a hotel bar at the end of the day, Sun Peaks is perfect. But party animals will hate the place: the only time it livens up is on Friday and Saturday nights when the locals pile in from Kamloops. Bottom's Bar is the place to find them at the start of the night. For dinner, there are lots of options in Sun Peaks for a mid-priced meal (Macker's Bistro is the most popular) as well as some more upscale options.
There's plenty to do on the slopes, including dog-sledding, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing and ice-skating. The sports centre also has a heated outdoor pool. But Sun Peaks is a small resort, so don't expect masses of shopping or a big buzz during the day.
Cost of living 7/10
Overall, this won't be a cheap holiday - thanks mainly to the distance you have to travel. Nevertheless, given the quality of the experience for beginners and early intermediates, Sun Peaks is a good-value resort.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
The mountains aren't craggy like they are in the Alps or some of the Rocky Mountain resorts, but Sun Peaks is still a lovely place to stay - the purpose-built village is compact and well-designed, the architecture unassuming and the sense of being far from the crowd intoxicating.