Reader sets record with 1995 booking

24th September 2013, by Abi Butcher

Our loyal reader quoted from Where to Ski and Snowboard 1995 when booking a trip to Sun Peaks

Our loyal reader quoted from Where to Ski and Snowboard 1995 when booking a trip to Sun Peaks

Readers of Where to Ski and Snowboard are very loyal, and many have followed the book since we first started to publish it in 1994 — but recently we came across something of a record.

Specialist Canadian tour operator Frontier Ski had an enquiry from a couple looking to ski at Sun Peaks in Canada, from an entry in the 1995 edition of the book.

Sandra Potter, managing director of Frontier Ski, tells us that Sun Peaks is “unbelievably popular” among Brits, second only to Whistler as a destination in Canada, but it’s had us puzzled why someone would pick it out from our 1995 edition.

In the newly released 2014 edition of Where to Ski and Snowboard the resort has its own chapter, but back then the entry read:

“Sun Peaks, near the town of Kamloops, is a name for the future. Former Olympic gold medallist Nancy Greene and her husband Al Raine did much to help develop Whistler (including building the Nancy Greene Lodge). They have now sold up and moved to Sun Peaks, where they are building a slope-side hotel and Nancy is Director of Skiing. There won’t be much of a village there for a few years but the skiing offers interesting variety and when we were there last April it was deserted and delightfully groomed. It’s a convenient place to warm up for a couple of days before a heli-skiing week at one of the nearby bases.”

Now Sun Peaks has 3,678 acres of skiing, with 11 lifts spread over three mountains. While Editor Gill and Editor Watts say in the 2014 book that there is enough skiing for “three or four days”, Sandra at Frontier says Brits often stay for weeks.

“You’d have to be a very good skier to ski everything in four days,” she says. “The resort has a phenomenal amount of repeat business, and people go for anything from two to four weeks. They really like the friendly, low-key atmosphere, and there are plenty of places to eat out and a lot for families to do.”

Editor Gill added: “It’s vital to have an up-to-date version of Where to Ski and Snowboard so you can plan your holiday with the latest facts and information. Every year thousands of details change and there are many major changes — such as new lifts and runs and new links with other resorts. Don’t rely on an old copy — buy the latest one now!”

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