The spring weather that Interior British Columbia seemed to have dodged as the ski season came to a close has returned with an unrelenting perseverance, delivering steady rain and chilly temperatures day-after-day, making the weather an extraordinarily – even by Canadian standards – frequent topic of conversation as of late. With the 2016 Canadian DH Championships July 23-24
looming just a couple weeks away and one of the fresh trail additions to the course, Resurrection, now complete and open, we loaded the chairlift to suss out the new trail and see how the park was faring after all this rain.Dropping into Resurrection from Wagon Wheel.
To our surprise overall conditions were good and aside from water accumulating in the usual spots, our tires held traction and all the moisture seems to have solidified some of the early season trail work with Route 66 and Smooth Smoothie feeling much firmer. We found Resurrection part way down Wagon Wheel, and as we descended were astonished by how much new trail had been cut. Dropping off Wagon Wheel, a stretch of fresh singletrack leads you into a beautifully sculpted section of berms and small machine-made hits that flow perfectly from one to the next. From here you may have the illusion you’re on Sun Peaks’ newest flow trail, but you’d be wrong.
True, the top bit of trail is buff and flowy but a raw and technical challenge is what racers wanted, and that’s just what Resurrection delivers. Once you’ve railed a few berms and gotten a bit sendy, the trail turns to fresh, raw, rooty and loose, often-off-camber singletrack driving through the trees right to the bottom of the mountain. It even approaches the elusive 'loam' we usually only find in select stashes near the riparian regions of the park.
Resurrection is an intermediate trail suitable for both your trail and your big bike, and will take on an entirely different persona at race speeds. All in this makes for a strategic addition to the Sun Peaks Bike Park trail network as a whole, providing a technical blue option on the lower mountain matching the likes of Gummy Bear, Mach and Barn Burner. It’s still a bit rough around the edges but like a fine wine, it will only get better and take shape with age.
The second section of fresh trail slated for the new DH race track, Sticky One, which connects Honey Drop with Insanity One, has seen progress derailed a bit with heavy July showers creating challenging conditions for blazing new trail.One of those 'usual spots' on Sweet One.
The Trail Crew have been logging long, wet days out there and with both the top and bottom of the trail bookending what’s left to do, it’s expected to be completed for next weekend. Don’t miss next week’s Sun Peaks Bike Park update
for a sneak peek at the last remaining link in the Canadian DH Championship race track.
See you on the trails!
- Sun Peaks Bike Park TeamWatch for more updates on SunPeaksResort.com.