Meteorologists are predicting this winter will bring a La Nina weather system, which typically includes colder and snowier conditions. This is good news for some and even better news for others. Especially those who enjoy winter sports and a rousing good time. Although just the thought of a La Nina winter might have some folks heading for a warmer climate, the extra snow expected from the weather system has officials and snow buffs at Sun Peaks Resort preparing for some fabulous winter fun!
As Sun Peaks gets ready for the upcoming ski season, bookings have increased and reservations from all around the world are pouring in.
“I’m feeling very optimistic,” said Christopher Nicolson, president of Tourism Sun Peaks.
Nicolson pointed to a pair of recent ski shows where attendance was high and the buzz for this season was stronger than usual, partly due to the extra snow and cooler temperatures expected winter weather. Instead of the soggy rainy conditions they had last year! Nicolson said the resort won’t get a good indication of the numbers from the local market until at least November.
Nicolson said the recession impacted vacation destinations and how people spend their money. Attracting international visitors is always a challenge, and changes in border crossing rules and air travel costs haven’t helped. According to Nicolson, the reality is people were staying closer to home, which meant more local skiers were choosing Sun Peaks.
Sun Peaks Resort is planning all sorts of cool incentives and promotions, but Nicolson wouldn’t go into details as to what the promotions will include. However, he did say early bookings can look forward to plenty of great deals and bargain packages! In early November, several ski teams from across Canada will be at Sun Peaks to train for the upcoming season. The general public gets its first crack at the white stuff on Nov. 20, opening day.