Pure Winter Fun
Wonder in amazement at the snow globe that surrounds you. Take a breath of the pure, revitalizing air and feel the softness of snowflakes kissing your cheeks, gathering on your eyelashes. Trees bent over under the weight of snow look like they belong in a children’s cartoon. Bluebird skies stretch out all above you and sunshine gleams off frozen lakes where locals have gathered to skate. Pure wilderness, a step away from where ever you are. This is winter in the Canadian wild; iconic, unyielding with endless potential and boundless opportunities.
When winter comes calling in the North Thompson Valley, we welcome it with open arms. How could we not? When the damp, warm coastal wind crashes with our cool, dry northern climate, the result is 10 metres (33 feet) of annual snowfall and over 1.2 million acres of white powdered playground to frolic in. Join in the fun! Heli-ski with the company that pioneered the industry, or make your mark on uncrowded slopes in Canada’s second largest ski resort. Chase the snow to the summit, powered by a snowmobile. Propel yourself on skis or snowshoes on un-groomed or tracked winter trails through pristine and tranquil forests. Embrace the Canadian winter wilderness the only way we do — with unabashed abandon.
We Know Snow
How do you like your snow? Steep? Deep? All to yourself or with an expert guide at your side? Do you prefer the allure of a bustling alpine ski resort with all the amenities, like fine dining, spa and winter nightlife, or the seclusion of a luxurious ski lodge, where your lift ticket comes with a helicopter attached? Hunt for pristine powder and million dollar views — ski the North Thompson Valley — from the uncrowded slopes of Sun Peaks Resort to the back-country heli-skiing found at Mike Wiegele’s Heli Ski in Blue River, to the community hill of Clearwater and the power board slopes of Valemount, there’s literally, a ski run for every level of skier. And if you’d rather glide than slide, strap on your Nordic skis and take to winter forest — you’ll find plenty of get-away-from-it-all on easy to access trails in every North Thompson community.
With all the fresh white powder covering the region, why not have a little fun making it fly? Snowmobiling is the definitive way to explore the mountains and alpine bowls throughout the North Thompson Valley come winter. Start with family-friendly sledding tours in Sun Peaks, discover powder near Barriere, or go full throttle in the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains surrounding Blue River, or gather with real “sled heads” for epic riding in Valemount. Whether you like to venture off the beaten path, plowing through oceans of snow or boondocking through mountain forests, the backcountry trail system throughout the North Thompson Valley will leave you with endless thrills to brag about back home.
Warm up in Winter
Get your winter party on with fun-filled events in our snow bound nirvana. Watch the mountains of Sun Peaks Resort begin to glow during New Year’s Eve’s Torch Light Parade. Or book a stay in January during the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival, where progressive tasting allows you to explore the village, sipping all the way.