Sun Peaks resort- A travel guide for the slightly refined

Aug 29, 2006
by Tyler Maine  
I notice as I get a little older I have to work more and ride my bike less, all my friends are getting married and having kids, crashes hurt a lot more and my muscles ache the next day, and most of all I am just not willing to sleep in my car anymore.

Back in my keener mountain bike days I would camp in parking lot C at Whistler to get a day in at the park, or tent it at the bottom of Mount 7 to shuttle the next day. These days I seem to be going soft and want more luxury when I get out of my work week and leave town for a bike trip. However I am not a millionaire, just a lady who likes a clean hotel, a high speed quad to take me to the top of the mountain all day and a sunny patio to indulge in a cool beer afterwards. Welcome to Sun Peaks resort from my new grown up point of view.It’s late August and most riding seasons are winding down just as Kamloops is getting good. Fall in the hot and dusty desert is the best time of year to ride and Sun Peaks is no exception. With some beautiful and more reasonable temperatures in the mid twenties and some moisture in the ground, fall riding is the best time of the year in these parts. Trails are getting back to tacky, fast and flowy which is what we love to ride the most in the interior and it’s time to make the most of the days we have left at Sun Peaks.

It had rained the night before and sprinkled in the morning giving us the best conditions I have seen in weeks. Luckily the weather is cooling off and we are seeing this rain for the World Masters and the Big Mountain Dirt jump contest on the coming September long weekend. All the most infamous trails like Honey drop, Gummy Bear, Mach, Cat tracks and Kaboom were in prime condition after the rain. Sugar and Sweet One were wet in sections, especially the some of the challenging log rides and bridges which made for some additional entertainment with Taylor attempting every stunt while I opted out of the slip and slides.

Steam Shovel was in good condition but I am not one for machine built jump trails other then a few runs on A-Line in Whistler, which can’t be beat by any other resort built jump trail so it’s not fair to compare. I love the classic gnarl and single track up at Sun Peaks but I give them credit for moving forward and dipping their feet in to some more machine built trails like Route 66, Steam Shovel and the new Barn Burner. It’s clearly a work in progress so if you are new school don’t expect too much, but if you love steep single track and this is the place for you.

Sun Peaks rolls out the rainbow early for the World Masters

Sun Peaks rolls out the rainbow early for the World Masters

The resort is open seven days a week in the summer and switches to weekends after Labour Day until the end of September which works for the nine to five crowd. It features a total of twenty six trails and empties out into a full resort with hotels at the base. We had the pleasure of staying at the Pinnacle Lodge and Spa which was a very attractive option with the Vertical package for $79.99 per night each. It included our lift tickets, a bucket of beer waiting in the room, a beautiful suite with our own huge balcony, an outdoor hot tub and the most kick ass continental breakfast ever. It was an awesome package for the price and I would recommend their service and class for their value pricing to anyone.

In the evenings at Sun Peaks there is a lot to do and lots of places to eat. After our long day of riding the large number of riders kicking back at Masa’s patio sucked us in. We were immediately attracted to the closest establishment with food and drinks. Masa’s had a great menu and cold beer so it was an easy choice. However Sun Peaks boasts six outdoor patios to enjoy. All the food and drinks at Masa’s were average in price at $10-$14 per plate and the menu was simple yet creative. There were lots of restaurants to choose from so you may want to get more creative or stick with an easy staple like Masa’s.

It has obviously been a goal of Sun Peaks this year to have a lot of activities going on the village all the time to keep their guests entertained. Between their music stage which seemed to be hopping, their festivals of food, flowers, beer, farmers markets and endless entertainment scheduled in the night spots…you name it, its happening on a weekend up there. You should be able to find something to do if your hands are too cramped to keep on riding.

So if you have a few days off and you want to relax, ride your bike, hit up some good food, maybe a nightclub in the evening and want to stick to a budget, come enjoy one of BC’s best lift access resorts. We had a wonderful experience staying in the resort and enjoyed the many things Sun Peaks has to offer. I would recommend the resort for families, couples or some friends on a road trip looking for a good time.

We’d like to thank Jordan from Sun Peaks, Andree at the Pinnacle Lodge and Spa and the staff at Masa’s for making our stay so enjoyable.

Cheryl Beattie- Bicycle Café Kamloops

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