Sun Peaks and Kamloops – Day 3 of a 12 Day BC Road Trip
Day 3 was a ski/snowboard day for us. We were headed to Sun Peaks Resort, about a 40 minute drive from Kamloops. Sun Peaks Resort is open year-round. In the Winter, it transforms into a ski resort, the second largest in Canada (after Whistler). It was starting to warm up in Kamloops, but Sun Peaks is high in the mountains so it was still cold (-5°C to -10°C). Aside from alpine trails, Sun Peaks also has nordic trails and a village with small shops and restaurants.
We started off with a quick homemade breakfast – bagels with cream cheese and salami. We then layered up, packed some granola bars and started the drive to Sun Peaks.
We picked up our reserved tickets from the booth and got set up with rentals. Ticket pick-up and rentals are both done at the Village Day Lodge. I own snowboarding gear already, so we only had to rent skis. The ski hill was not too busy and we did not have to wait long to get on the chair lift.
I stuck to the green level trail – Homesteader – but my boyfriend is an advanced skier and went down a few of the black diamond level trails. I really liked the Homesteader, it was narrow and flat at the beginner but widens up as it gets steeper – a good run to practice carving and technique!
After a few morning runs, I took a break while my boyfriend skied the advanced trails. I enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream from Cafe Soleil (located in the Village Day Lodge) and walked through Sun Peaks Village. The Village is nice, but was very quiet at the time. There are a few small restaurants. Mountain High Pizza seemed to be a popular spot for lunch.
Following my walk, we skied/snowboarded the Homesteader a few more times until the chairlifts closed (3:30pm), then headed back to Kamloops for the evening.
We were exhausted after skiing all day, so we rested at the hotel before dinner. However, if you are looking for an afternoon activity in Kamloops after skiing, consider visiting one of the craft breweries! If you have been following this itinerary, then you would have likely already visited the 3 breweries downtown, but there are also 2 other breweries in Kamloops – Bright Eye Brewing and Iron Road Brewing – that are worth a visit!
To end our day, we chose Maurya’s, an Indian restaurant, for dinner. We ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Lamb Curry. The meal came with rice and we also got naan bread (regular and garlic). We contemplated spice levels, so the restaurant brought out their house-made hot sauce and raita (mixture of yogurt and cucumber) on the side. The raita was in case we added too much hot sauce to our meal, but was also very good as its own sauce! The meal was so flavourful and delectable!
Complete Day 3 Itinerary
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8:00am: Have breakfast and prepare for the Ski Day.
8:30am: Head to Sun Peaks Resort (46 minute drive from Downtown Kamloops).
9:30am: Go Skiing/Snowboarding!
12:00pm: Take a break. Have lunch (Suggestion: Mountain High Pizza) and walk through Sun Peaks Village.
1:00pm: Ski/Snowboard more!
3:30pm: Head back to Kamloops (46 minute drive from Sun Peaks Resort)
5:00pm: Stop by a Kamloops brewery for a drink (Suggestion: Bright Eye Brewing or Iron Road Brewing, both about a 5 minute drive from Downtown Kamloops).
7:00pm: Dinner at Maurya’s Rest. Bar. Banquet (5 minute drive from Bright Eye Brewing or Iron Road Brewing).
12-Day BC Road Trip Itinerary
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