Following significant trail work completed in 2018, Sun Peaks Resort will spend $350,000 this summer constructing several new mountain bike trails and upgrading existing elements of the mountain-biking network.
Two additional machine-built free-ride trails, aimed at intermediate level riders, highlight this year’s construction, along with improvements to beginner level trails and the addition of a brand-new section of Steam Shovel — the resort’s signature advanced jump line.
Crews will also be completing the new Progression Park zone, an area aimed at both younger and entry-level riders.
Along with the new trails, the resort will continue running the Sunburst chairlift daily until 7 p.m. in the core summer months and extend the bike park season by opening on weekends through the end of September.
“This investment is big for us. Building almost 12 kilometres of new trail that will appeal to riders of all types is the perfect way to celebrate our 20th anniversary of bike park operations,” said Aidan Kelly, chief marketing officer at Sun Peaks Resort.
The Progression Park utilizes carpet lifts to transport bikers, making Sun Peaks one of the few lift-access bike parks in North America to provide a non-chairlift option for downhill riders.
In addition to the upgrades in the bike park, the resort is working with the community-based Sun Peaks Recreational Trail Association to develop cross-country biking trails in the area.
The Sun Peaks Bike Park will open for the 2019 season on Friday, June 21.
For more information about mountain biking in Sun Peaks, go online to SunPeaksResort.com/Bike.
• Meanwhile, Sun Peaks had another strong season on the ski hill, despite a challenging winter that began with warmer-than-normal temperatures and featured the fifth-coldest February on record.
Just shy of 400,000 people visited the resort in the winter of 2018-2019. More than 400,000 visits were logged the previous winter.