A little more excitement than usual will accompany the opening of Sun Peaks Resort this Saturday, Nov. 19. The British Columbia resort launches its 50th winter of skiing on Tod Mountain with a full slate of special events scheduled for the anniversary season. In addition, above average snowfall will allow for top-to-bottom skiing on opening day.

Lifties will begin loading first chairs at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and Sun Peaks plans to run four chairlifts including Sunburst, Crystal, Elevation and Sundance. Beginners will also have use of the Platter.

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Four chairlifts will operate on opening weekend at Sun Peaks. Photo by Adam Stein. Courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort.

Due to the early-season snowfall, at least 30 runs are expected to be available for skiers and riders on opening day along with top-to-bottom skiing. Morrisey is slated to open by the middle of next week.
 
In the past week, more than 90 centimeters of snow has fallen at Sun Peaks. The average snowfall for November is 97.5 centimeters. With another 20 centimeters that EnviroBC is forecasting before the weekend, Saturday’s opening should surpass the average snowfall this month with 10 days left to go.

Snowstorms blowing through just prior to opening day are expected to abate for the weekend. The forecast calls for some blue skies and sunshine for the first two days of the season.

Lift tickets for adults will cost $50 on Saturday due to the limited terrain. Lift ticket prices will increase according to the amount of terrain that opens as conditions permit.

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Nordic skiers can hop on the groomed tracks at Sun Peaks on Nov. 18. Photo by Adam Stein. Courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort.

Nordic skiers can leap onto the groomed trails the day before the lifts open. A selection of trails will be groomed for skate skiing and track-set for classic skiing on Nov. 18.

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