Investing in mountain bike trails to boost riding this summer in Sun Peaks

This summer, Sun Peaks will strengthen its power of attraction for mountain biking by adding chairlift access and 31 kilometers of new trail, providing access to all three mountains for the first time.

This summer, Sun Peaks will strengthen its power of attraction for mountain biking by adding chairlift access and 31 kilometers of new trail, providing access to all three mountains for the first time.

The $1.5 million project is designed to improve trail diversity and increase capacity, according to a press release from Sun Peaks Resort, and it was highlighted by the addition of a chair lift to the park Sundance Mountain bike trails, with six new trails that access 19 kilometers of terrain.

An early summer opening is targeted, with mechanical build and stream jump options for novice to expert riders to complement progression and trail development in recent years on Tod Mountain, accessible via the Sunburst Chairlift .

The news release says the $1 million investment, including $200,000 in funding under the Targeted Regional Tourism Development Initiative, helped make chairlift upgrades and new trails, built by industry-renowned manufacturers.

The Sundance area of ​​the park will launch with a new black (advanced) signature jump trail designed and built by Landmark Trail Works of Kamloops, a second black trail, two blue (intermediate) trails and a green (novice) trail built by Lifetime Outdoor Inc., and a green (novice) top-down trail built by the Sun Peaks trail crew.

“Being part of the team to build Sundance’s expansion is a tremendous responsibility,” Jeff Cook of Lifetime Outdoor Inc. said in the press release. “Nowhere in British Columbia is there a blank canvas like this, with lift access, high-quality dirt, a slope angle and unique terrain perfect for a bike park that doesn’t just waiting to be built.

“This expansion had to be our best work yet. It’s a total game changer.

The top to bottom black trail is for accomplished runners.

“We’ve always talked about our local bike park getting a track that complements the style and high-speed jumping flow that Kamloops is famous for,” Ron Penney of Landmark Trail Works said in the release.

“This trail our team has built is predictable, forgiving and a straight ripper.”

Future phases will see further construction, including the addition of single track technical trails.

Cross-country and enduro-style pedal access trails are the other element of the expansion at Sun Peaks.

The Sun Peaks Recreational Trail Association, a community-based recreational trail association, is the driving force behind the free access trails in the valley and on Mount Morrisey.

In partnership with the resort, its multi-year plan will provide community and destination cyclists with a comprehensive network of trail options, both now and in the future, according to the release.

Funding of $297,875 from the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program and a $150,000 contribution from Tourism Sun Peaks has made possible 12 km of new mechanical and hand-built trails, which are set to open this summer on Mount Morrisey.

A 6 km uphill trail (multipurpose with hikers), a 2 km lookout trail (multipurpose with hikers) and a 4 km downhill trail will open in stages this summer, according to the release.

Sun Peaks Bike Park is scheduled to open on Friday June 17 and will operate daily until Sunday September 25.

Extended hours of operation, until 7 p.m. daily, will be in effect until Labor Day.

Trail details will be released closer to opening day.

For more information on the park, season passes and prices, Click here.

A video on the expansion can be found here.

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