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Sun Peaks Resort ski school. (Adam Stein)
Sun Peaks Resort ski school. (Adam Stein)

Cinnamon buns and steeps at Sun Peaks Add to ...

Sun Peaks, B.C.

HIGHLIGHT

Three mountains, 250 days of sun annually, a Euro-style ski village, and Nancy Greene whizzing past, and still, the highlight of skiing Sun Peaks is its cinnamon buns. Huge and gooey, with a calorie count higher than the nearest B.C. peak, they're fresh around 10 a.m. at Sunburst Lodge. One does the entire family.

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TERRAIN

Sun Peaks ranks No. 3 in Canada for huge. Wide, lightly treed trails off the Sundance Express are best for learners and tots. Experts score in two bowls: Toilet and Crystal. As for powder-filled trees, Sun Peaks has a mitt full: 12 gladed areas my eight-year-old son calls "the best trees ever!"

KID STUFF

Children's programs employ enthusiastic pros willing to tailor lessons. My free-riding kid wanted trees and he got 'em. For moms struggling to keep up with the family, Ski Sisters offers women tips on how to speed up and tackle tougher terrain safely.

APRÈS FOR KIDS

The slopeside bungee tramp here is a doozy, and the tubing park slides right into the village. You can also rent skates at the local rink. Still not zonked? Head out on an evening one-kilometre snowshoe run to a marshmallow roast and sip warm apple cider.

APRÈS FOR ADULTS

Parents cozy up for an evening lift ride to Sunburst Lodge for a fondue dinner - both cheese and chocolate - then ski Sun Peaks by moonlight. Bring your own skis. Headlamps, glow sticks and a guide are part of the deal.

LIFT TICKETS

Adult $73, $58 for your (12 to 18) and $36 for kids 6 to 12.

WHERE TO STAY

Book in at Nancy Greene's Cahilty Lodge - slopeside, kitchenettes, hot tub and full of Olympic memorabilia - from $170; or Delta Sun Peaks Resort (heated outdoor pool and breakfast buffet) from $175. Or check out the Family Sneak Peak Special for one night's lodging and one day skiing for two adults and two kids, starting at $355.

VERDICT

Generously spaced glades provide all-star family fun, and those cinnamon buns create a silly slopeside buzz our carb-loving family won't forget for a long while. SunPeaksResort.com



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