Biking in Sun Peaks

Set amongst the pine clad mountains of British Columbia lies Sun Peaks Resort, a haven for biking enthusiasts, where novices and experts can enjoy extensive trails and the mountain resort village, says Charlotte Flach

Day 1: Start off slow

SF 48hr Sunpeaks resort

Morning: Following a hearty breakfast, stroll through the attractive resort village to your rental shop, where you can pick-up your two day lift ticket and bike rental at Elevation Bike, Ski and Board. There’s also the option to rent e-bikes. 

If you are completely new to biking, you can begin with “An Introduction to Biking” to learn how to feel comfortable in the saddle. 

Afternoon: Having refuelled with tacos, pizza or burgers from one of the resort’s many lunch spots, meet your instructor to explore the novice terrain of the Progression Park. Split the four-hour “Discover Progression Park” lesson in two with a coffee break in the village to compare notes with your instructor. Throughout the session you will learn about body positioning, stance, posture and bike control. The trails in the Progression Park will help to build confidence before moving on to the Sun Peaks Bike Park. For the first time this summer, bikers can access all three mountains offering close to 83 kms of trails. 

Evening: After an exhilarating day on the bike, head to one of many restaurants throughout the village and quench your thirst with a pint of local craft beer. Sun Peaks hosts summer concerts and this year’s line-up includes singer-songwriter Madison Olds, indie pop-band Sister Speak, and a weekend of tribute bands.

Day 2: Pedal to the metal

SF 48hr Sunpeaks restraunt

Morning: Fuel up for another day of adventure with breakfast at one of the many cafés or restaurants in the Sun Peaks Village. Sample the finest fresh pastries at Bolacco Café, enjoy a refreshing smoothie at Vertical Café or take your time over an extended sit-down breakfast at Cahilty Creek Kitchen & Taproom.

Afternoon: Now that you’ve gained confidence and skills in the Progression Park, you’re ready to head into the Sun Peaks Bike Park. However, if you are a beginner a second four-hour session, “Flow Green Park”, accompanied by a talented and experienced instructor, will show you how to safely make your way back down the mountain. Don’t forget to take in the views of the valley and the surrounding peaks, as you ride the chairlift to the top of the trails. Explore the lift-access green trails and put the pedal to the metal on one of Sun Peaks’ newest trails, Level Up, a nine-kilometre top-to-bottom trail that has been designed for those new to the sport.  

Evening: After two full days on your bike, a quick stop by the Sun Peaks Massage Therapy to relax on their Hydro Massage Beds will put you to rights. As your aches melt away, start planning your next adventure – paddleboarding or canoeing on a local lake or hitting the fairways on the resort’s 18-hole course.

SF 48hr Sunpeaks meadow

Where to book it

A four-hour Progression Park instruction session is $229 for up to three people, with bike rental and progression park lift from $69pp. A two-hour Discover Biking lesson costs $109 for up to three people, with bike rental from $33pp. sunpeaksresort.com