Thousands flock to Sun Peaks for opening weekend

By James Peters / Chad Harris
November 28, 2016 - 3:31pm

SUN PEAKS, B.C. — Officials at Sun Peaks Resort say opening day was worth the wait for thousands of winter sports enthusiasts.

The resort opened to the public over the weekend, a week later than originally planned.

Chief Marketing Officer Aidan Kelly says the resort is now in full swing for winter.

"We had around 5,000 guests on the mountain, and that was a variety of folks from locals to season pass holders. We actually had quite a few Americans up for U.S. Thanksgiving that made the trip. We have a number of race teams training here right now. It was a whole variety of people put together," said Kelly.

"There are a lot of property owners that have places up here that are from the greater Seattle area, and down through Washington state. The other folks were just experiencing Sun Peaks for the first time, and saw U.S. Thanksgiving as a good opportunity to get some early season turns in. It was quite important for us to be able to open, and it is something we pride ourselves on here at Sun Peaks every season." 

Kelly adds a surprising number of people are coming to Sun Peaks from Alberta, considering the state of that province's economy.

"The weather cooperated in the few days leading up, and we opened with limited terrain. As the day went on we were able to get more and more runs open. It was great, everyone had smiles on their faces. The snow on top was fantastic; some folks were saying it was the best early season snow they have seen." 

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