Lawrence Clarke joined the 18 week Ski Instructor Course in Sun Peaks Resort, BC. Here’s his review of the resort, course, and one incredible winter season.
Sun Peaks Resort, BC is a majestic, quaint ski village located about 45 mins from Kamloops airport. It’s the second-largest ski area in Canada after Whistler but what sets it apart is the lack of skiers on the mountain. Sun Peaks offers uninterrupted skiing with a huge range of terrain. Trees, off-piste, open groomers or the snowpark, it’s all there! Whatever your level there is a multitude of options and runs to choose from.
A busy day at Sun Peaks for me was on Christmas day where I queued for a very long 5 minutes!! Comparing this to French resorts I have visited, it’s astonishing how little you are waiting at the bottom of the hill in lift lines.
With the huge array of runs and terrain to explore it meant some days you could go skiing all day with your buddies without seeing another person for hours! It’s a completely different feel to any European resort that I’ve been to. The snow conditions, lack of ski school snakes taking up the pistes, and lift line queues make the resort definitely worth the long flight.
Once lifts close and the Disneyland lights illuminate throughout the village, the après ski begins! Sun Peaks has a range of bars and eateries that stay open until late so you will never be short of somewhere to grab a cold beer or two after a hard day shredding!
The Canadian people, but especially, the locals and workers in the village are all very welcoming. Sun Peaks really does feel like a small family once you’ve been in the village for a few weeks. Faces start repeating themselves and the Winter Sports badge of honor will also open doors for you!
To find out more about the resort go to our Sun Peaks page.
One thing that made the experience so good is the level of instruction you receive from the numerous level 3 and 4 instructors. No matter what ski instructor course you chose you will be coached by some of the best in the country, who live and work in Sun Peaks. With such a small village and coaching group size, you benefit from specific and personalised feedback. The coaching we received for level 1+2 was excellent and set us all in good stead for taking the exam. What you put into the training and shadowing, you will get back!
All the coaches have different ways of presenting ideas and methods to help you improve throughout your time. However, be warned the training is full-on but that’s what you’re there for! After a few weeks when you really start to get your technique right, you will have multiple ‘lightbulb’ moment days. You get to the bottom of the run and say “now I understand” or “now I feel that sensation”. All the coaches are like-minded, kind people who love seeing new instructors succeed. They will be more than happy to explain things, answer questions and encourage you to shadow them at the weekends!
On the whole Sun Peaks is a stunningly beautiful mountain and village, with endless areas to ski and explore. There are a wide array of off-snow activities to keep you busy throughout your time in Canada. I couldn’t recommend Sun Peaks more, I have skied all over Europe and have spoken to friends who were in other resorts in Canada and they all complained about something. I really do struggle to find fault in Sun peaks as an area to go and gain your qualifications. The terrain, coaching, and overall atmosphere of the village will allow you to create lifelong memories while gaining professional and recognised certification. I went, spent the best part of 18 weeks turning, learning, and laughing. I enjoyed it so much I plan to go back as soon as I can! Lawrence:)
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