In between runs boarders at Sun Peaks Resort stop for drinks at the Swiss-style main village
Play in the snow
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Sun Peaks Resort
The farthest north of the three resorts, Sun Peaks has slopes on three mountains, with good challenges for advanced skiers ― one-third of the 117 runs are in the expert category. The five-minute stroll from one end of the base village to the other is like walking among a collection of perfect gingerbread houses, especially in the evening, when the buildings glow with sparkling lights.
BEST FOR: Families that include a thrill-seeker or couples looking for romance.
FAVORITE SKI RUN: The Five Mile, a super-long, beginner-level run that takes you from top to base in one shot. Alternatively, many guests' favorite run is whichever one Nancy Greene chooses to ski with visitors. She convenes groups at the top of the Sunburst Express lift at 11 and 1 daily.
TERRAIN: 10 percent beginner runs, 58 percent intermediate, 32 percent expert; 220 inches of snowfall annually; 11 lifts.
BEST GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOUR: The Friday-evening guided tour with a fondue dinner and dessert. $42, reservations required. 250/578-5542.
BEST APRES-SKI HOT SPOT: Bottoms Bar & Grill, for cold beer and hot wings. $$. In the Sundance Lodge, near the Village Day Lodge; 250/578-0013.
BEST TASTE OF EUROPE: Powder Hounds Restaurant, where the schnitzel is justifiably famous. $$. In the Fireside Lodge, at the top of the village; 250/578-0014.
WHERE TO STAY: Delta Sun Peaks Resort is the largest hotel at Sun Peaks, with a health club, pool, and restaurant. From $159. In the middle of the village; www.deltasunpeaks resort.com, 866/552-5516, or 250/578-6000. Nancy Greene's Cahilty Lodge is adjacent to the Sun Peaks Sport Centre, whose facilities include outdoor skating rinks. You can ski to and from the lodge. From $149. In the middle of the village; www.cahiltylodge.com or 800/244-8424.
TRAVEL INFORMATION: Sun Peaks is a 4 1/2-hour drive from Vancouver. The closest airport is in Kamloops, and shuttle service to the resort is available. For ski and road conditions and resort activities, contact Sun Peaks Resort www.sunpeaksresort.com or 800/807-3257.