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Sun Peaks 2020-2021

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Taipan, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. Captain Caveman

    Captain Caveman Early Days

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    Good on you :) . Keep the trip report coming
    I was hoping my severe case of SDS (Snow deprivation syndrome) would justify "essential" travel but sadly not
     
  2. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah I remember it from this year as well as one of the tracks into our apartment started just behind the sign.
     
  4. Gumbie

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    Day 2.....
    I snuck out before the family to check out new Crystal chair. It really should have been an express. I know this has been discussed, but really, which way is Sun Peaks headed? Such a beaut village and on the up and up, yet the new chairs are a let down. Came back via the Chute, plenty enough snow but not the best time of year.
    Cruised with family making as many puns as we could. Eg, came to a steepish roller and my daughter pretended to be scared. "You've got this" says Dad, " I dunno" with a big grin. Boom Tish, good daggy fun.
    Not that I could see the grin, neck warmer/balaclava/facemask are the go.
    We booked the kids into the Monday afternoon group lessons and we're rewarded with private lessons for them both. The instructors were awesome, both kids had a ball.
    The icing on the cake was a cold storm which came in and delivered 5ish cm and transformed the skiing for the afternoon.
    We're staying at the Coast Sundance lodge which we've found to be awesome. No complaints there.
     
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  5. Captain Caveman

    Captain Caveman Early Days

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    Thanks for the update Gumbie

    Sun Peaks play the long game. What is needed firstly is more day parking and more beds to pave the way for more patronage which equals revenue to then spend on lifts. It will happen.
    Can't go wrong at the Coast, super close and has bottoms which I believe is the best pub food on the mountain.
    Keep em coming
     
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  6. Gumbie

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    Day 3......
    The mountain collective pass is a big tease at Sun Peaks. As if 2 days would ever be enough. With the afternoon snow we wondered what the next day would bring to see if our 50% tickets would be used. Alas it is still only early December and the systems are not all cold yet.
    That other firm if precipitation which is good for the garden meant a sleep in, shopping, lunch and then a snowshoe. We hadn't done that yet so it was something new.
    I agree with this sign, you can outski covid!
     
  7. Beerman

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    Are you saying you can get a good feed at “Bottoms”..........:eek::eek:
     
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  8. northsail

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    Always enjoy some wings and a beer at bottoms on my last day of skiing. Even shared a table with @Astro66 in the past.:metun:
     
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  9. Captain Caveman

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    The Extreme Team!!!
     
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  10. Hudson

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    Masa’s new outdoor tent was going up today. covers the outdoor patio.

    Where were these photos taken? A quiz
     
  11. Captain Caveman

    Captain Caveman Early Days

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    One of the washing machine runs
    2/3rds up the Burf looking down near Hwy 22
    Showboat last section before you hit Morrisey chair
     
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  12. ralphplough

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    I reckon 1st one might be back in time. Other than that, agree.
     
  13. northsail

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    May be a bit early for @Hudson to be skiing washing machine runs??? So me thinks closer to back in time also.
     
  14. Ret-ro

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    ? How much is 50% charge at Sun Peaks/ $60-$70 a day?.
     
  15. Hudson

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    Yes,
    1) Top of Back in Time before the descent.
    2) Near the top of the Burf Chair
    3) Under the Morrisey chair on Showboat

    Astute observations by all.

    We need SNOW! The Washing Machine runs are open but I haven’t gone down.

    Nordic trails have better conditions. Very popular this year.
     
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    Alpine Tickets:
    Full price appears to be $124.99
    Lowest has been 40% off for $74.99
    It ranges between these prices as they become sold out. I believe one can’t buy discounted tickets for SPs anywhere else unless it comes with your accommodations at The Grand.
     
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  17. gareth_oau

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    Alas, todqy is the 2 year mark since we last arrived at Sun Peaks during our epic Canadian Adventure

    Pic from our 3rd floor apartment in Fireside overlooking Grand Hotel apartments and Morriseys Pub

     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    very busy isnt it LOL
     
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  19. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    We are living vicariously through posters such as you, @Gumbie , and of course the ubiquitous @Hudson . Coast Sundance is good value, although I found the comfort room earlier this year on the small side for my two boys and me. We had to switch half way through our stay to Hearthstone, where our loft apartment was roomier. However, I’d return to Coast if I could get a larger room with a FULL SIZE FRIDGE and ideally a dishwasher. Those who saw my posts in January will know what I mean.

    Re the afternoon lessons: I booked my boys into half day group lessons. The older one (then 14) was in adult lessons the whole time (coincidentally with @Astro66’s then 17yo son) - he was a bit ‘meh’ about those; however Mr almost-11 had a couple of outstanding lessons with adventurous instructors who took him on many of the harder black runs (including the double blacks over at Morrissey) which he devoured. He loves moguls, which helps ... So the lessons are well worth the money.
     
  20. Ret-ro

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    Sorry @Hudson my question was directed to @Gumbie who has a Mountain Collective. My understanding was the Mountain Collective was 50%? I am looking at this for 2022, might be a good way to go. So 124.99 / 2 $62.50 a day plus the 2 free.
    Works for Sunshine, Panorama & Revelstoke, and Lake Louise. Goss was that Sunshine was allowing the pass on several separate hills
     
  21. Sbooker

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    Which several separate hills? Norquay?
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    are those prices plus tax?
     
  23. Hudson

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    A very good question. I haven’t had to buy a ticket so I don’t know.
    Nice dry fluffy white stuff is presently falling.
    Need this to keep up all day. It would be a start.
     
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  24. ralphplough

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    It’s always plus tax in Canada.
     
  25. gareth_oau

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    Ahh I just wasnt sure if hudson was including tax for us Aussies’ benefit
     
  26. Gumbie

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    G'day, just back from weeklong road trip to Sun Peaks and Revelstoke. One last week at at work to go, what a crazy year it's been.
    We didn't test the half price at Sun peaks because it was..... Ra...Ra...Ra....rare that we ski on such a day.
    At Revelstoke we had selected the earlybird choice of 3 days so that worked for my son and myself.
    I was intending to use the grade 5 pass for daughter and all the resorts said this would work, but, in a great letdown, the grade 5 team switched to online booking for limited capacity on the hills. This is not up and running though, so not working at the moment. So I purchased my daughter's mountain collective pass in early December. I digress.


    Anyway, that meant she was charged $23 at Revelstoke, half the $46 on the walk up day price, then tax was added. At other resorts you may expect it to be 50% of full retail.

    Now of course, nothing is that simple, our third free day didn't automatically upload to the Revelstoke system from the MC system, but Revy ticket manager was awesome, read my email and gave us the third day free.
    Importantly, all the resorts aren't charging us the $5 RFID card on the MC, which I heard may have been the case.

    I can confirm that I was able to use the MC card for 1 day at Norquay. So that's up to 12 days skiing in Canada for earlybird $460 Australian dollars per adult and $100 per child.
    We've done Norquay 1, sunshine 2, sun peaks 2, Revelstoke 2, I've done lake Louise with work guys 2. So we're well ahead.
    2 days at Panarama over new year.

    Roadtrips are great and add to your ski hill list, but more time in each resort would be awesome too.

    Happy to repay the favour Lady Penelope, I've been reading everyone's posts for years leading up to this year.
     
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    Enjoy Panorama. I was impressed with the terrain expansion they have done since our last trip about twenty years ago.
     
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    Jardines have got these vlankets for sale.

    Dont know about price and quality but they will ship to Oz.
     
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  29. Ret-ro

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    Thanks Mountain Collective the way to go, if we can get there.
     
  30. gareth_oau

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    :sigh:

    my memory from 2 years ago today :(

     
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    Gareth, that is just great, I had to borrow that. Where were you staying?
     
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    Gumbie , thanks , yes its a pretty good deal. I saw the MC card for $465 USD then $460 CAD and the $ 460 AUD, next year still seems to be a gamble for Jan 2022, lets see,,
     
  33. gareth_oau

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    room 308 in Fireside, overlooking Morrisey's pub, and directly above Freefall Ski shop
     
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  34. Roymond

    Roymond One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Happy days! Just booked for 17 nights at Three Bears from 29th December 2021.
    Only thing remaining to ensure a return
    is a) vaccine b) open borders and c) flights.
    What could go wrong?
    Rebeccajo and Len (owners of 3 bears) have been really generous and guaranteed a full refund if travel is not permitted- worth checking on this if anyone is thinking of booking early. @Hudson , what’s the status of the new supermarket development they’ve been talking about for the past few years?
    being an Italian family, the first things the kids asked about after telling them we’ve booked was whether cahilty was still doing the burgers and whether we had to kill 2 jet lagged hours in kamloops doing groceries.
     
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    Rebeccajo and Len are a very friendly couple. Excellent skiers as well. Hope a, b and c all go to plan.
     
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    Please (enter preferred deity here) deliver a, b and c.
     
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  37. Roymond

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    Cant agree more. Thats why we are back.
    We stayed at Three Bears for ten days in 2019. Wonderful location and Len and Rebeccajo were fantastic- who has ever heard of an owner picking you up at the place, taking the family down for the kids rental skis/boots and taking you back?
    She then had the kids decorate the trees outside the track heading down to the house from Rambler. And made gingerbread houses with them.
    Cant speak more highly of them.
    And yes, Rebeccajo skis like a demon.
     
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  38. gareth_oau

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    curious why 29th December arrival?

    Prices are typically brutal in that week and if you can arrive a few days later you will save hundreds per night.

    Also amazing that they would allow you to book for part of that week and not the whole xmas/new year week
     
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    Three Bears Chalet is a special place due to Len and Rebeccajo.
    Haven’t heard of a supermarket. The Bluebird Market is offering a wider selection each year.
    May be able to meet your needs. There is Ohana as well.
    Santa came to town on the pumper truck.
     
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    Pfizer vaccine is already going into the arms of BC health care workers, and the second brand (Moderna) starts this week. By September most Canadians will have had their shots. Similar rollout is underway in the US and Europe. So that's requirement (a). Dr Bonnie has long stated that is a requirement for her to support border opening. Even though this is a federal rather than provincial jurisdiction, her opinion carries great weight in Canada.

    Once there is significant distribution of vaccines both sides of 49 and we drop into the summer case slowdown, we will see a reopening for International visitors, again I would guess September although there will be substantial pressure to do it sooner for the busy July August high summer tourist season. Given how busy BC got this past summer with Canada-only tourism, I suspect she will hold out a little longer and let the vaccination program gain some ground. Still I can see overseas visitors being welcomed in time for winter. Question is, will Australia do likewise? Vax program starts 3 months later and the fear of cases brought in from OS is real.

    (C) isn't as hard. There are flights now. Airlines will bring on more service once (a) and (b) create more demand. I'd say the position of the Australian govt is the most critical piece of the puzzle for season 21/22.
     
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  41. Roymond

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    Work requirements. It just gets crazy if I let it go too long into the new year- too many patients to catch up on after they let things slide over Christmas.
     
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  42. Sbooker

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    So Canada uses the same 'European model' of weekly accommodation brackets with change over day on a Saturday?
    Next year the 25th is a Saturday. Does that mean that the week leading up to Christmas is less expensive than the week leading up to new years day?
     
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    I reckon you'll prove to be prescient, @sly_karma.

    We've just received an invitation to a small house party in the UK in September. We've said we'd love to come - but it will depend on whether we're vaccinated, the UK is well-vaccinated (in particular, those coming to stay at the house) and we can travel to and from the UK without too much drama (flight availability, no quarantining etc).
     
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    Sun Peaks is very flexible on start/end dates for trips.

    The brackets are attached to joliday/peak periods. The peakiest of them is the week between boxing day and the day before they all return to work agter new years

    Here's a rypical example at SP
     
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    :ast holiday we did Chrisymas Day /Dinner in SP and then checked out the next morning and geaded off towards Revelstoke on our roadtrip
     
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    $800 odd dollars per night? Ummmm. That's about 3 times the price I'm comfortable paying.
     
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    LOL Trappers 29 is a great place, right next to Morrissey and Orient chairs, and with 4 double bedrooms and a games room with sofa bed, it accommodates large crowds very comfortably

    But yes, pricing is brutal


    A pic from the balcony

     
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    Ok. So caters for 10 people.
    I need something simple for 2 adults and two teens. We eat out every night so don't need great cooking facilities. I've holidayed in many North American towns in winter without paying over $250Aud per night. Sometimes it's been much much less.
     
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    the table was posted just to show how the rates vary. The changes are consistent with all the propoerties, regardless of size.

    You can haffle and get discounts for longer stays, and if you stay longer than 30 days you drop the 10% accommodation tax as well

    Unfortunatley as SP gets busier there is less accommodation available and pricing has increased over the last few years to reflect that