Sun Peaks will upgrade the Sunburst chairlift and improve several trails as part of a $65,000 investment to its bike park.
Riders will also notice the upgrades in the Canada Cup race course, Anne Haight, marketing director for Sun Peaks Resort Corporation, said Thursday.
“This investment solidifies our ongoing commitment to the bike park and will have a significant impact on our already amazing trail work,” Haight said in a press release. “Combined with hosting the Canada Cup in July 2013 will be one of the greatest bike seasons in our history.”
Smooth Smoothie, Home Run and Insanity One trails are slated to receive work this summer, she said. Trail flow and integrity will be improved.
Sugar and Sweet One, which were decommissioned last year because of a high amount of deadfall, return later this summer with significant improvements.
Big Rock Slide, the resort’s first lift-accessed cross-country trail, will also be improved as cross-country riding becomes more popular on the mountain.
Haight said the trail opened last summer to enthusiastic guest response.
On the infrastructure front, a new bike-loading system on the Sunburst chairlift will make it faster and more efficient to get to the trails, she said.
With the Canada Cup back at Sun Peaks, more work will be done on DH and Arm Pump trails to ensure racers have the best course possible, said Haight. About 300 competitors will take part in the event, which serves as the second stop on the B.C. Cup series, from July 5 to 7.
“We’re hoping it will be a good summer,” she said.
Meanwhile, the park once again hosts Twoonie Day on Tuesday, July 2. Anyone can ride the Sunburst lift all day for a twoonie and a donation to the Kamloops Food Bank.