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Lori Knowles

Lori Knowles

I guess a Tuesday at the start of November is as good a time as any to start planning our 2014/15 ski season–yours and mine. In truth, as someone in the ski biz, it’s been on my mind since July… or earlier. But I’ve waited ’til now to get you revved up, otherwise your engine might burn out.

I hope to tell you the few tidbits I get now and then on new stuff in the European and North American ski markets: new ski lifts, new runs, glades you can’t miss, or an apres-ski experience neither of us can pass up. Let’s see how it evolves. Hopefully the info will help you plan our next ski trips.

I’ll start with some news from a sunny ski area in British Columbia (BC) called Sun Peaks. Here it is, in a photo courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort, taken by Adam Stein:

The Village at Sun Peaks, BC. Photo by Adam Stein, courtesy of Sun Peaks.

The Village at Sun Peaks, BC. Photo by Adam Stein, courtesy of Sun Peaks.

Sun Peaks is in idyllic ski spot in near the Canadian city of Kamloops. Its village is auto-free, its runs flow along a consistent and excellent fallline, and its trees are spacious and not too steep, which gives any ski area an A in my playbook.

Tree skiing at Sun Peaks. Photo by Adam Stein, courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort.

Tree skiing at Sun Peaks. Photo by Adam Stein, courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort.

All this you can learn by visiting its website. My news is this: For 2015, Sun Peaks has expanded to a point at which it’s now Canada’s second largest ski area. That’s pretty big — Canada’s largest is Whistler. This season Sun Peaks has grown to more than 4,200 acres of in-bound ski terrain with the addition of two new areas: West Morrisey and Gil’s.

“New runs in the West Morrisey area will be expert ability level and utilize the same aspect as the popular Static Cling and Agitator ski runs,” says a recent press release. “The second section, Gil’s—a popular backcountry ski area at the top of Tod Mountain—will see the area’s vertical double with the creation of a lower ski out back the main ski runs.”

A panoramic shot of Sun Peaks taken from Mt Morrisey. Photo by Adam Stein courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort.

A panoramic shot of Sun Peaks taken from Mt Morrisey. Photo by Adam Stein courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort.

In short, this expansion just might move Sun Peaks onto your short list of top spots in Canada to visit. I hope so. As I said, the resort is idyllic.

That’s it for today. More tidbits soon — news to help you explore your ski travel options. Let me know how your planning is progressing. I’m @LoriExploring

Lori Knowles is a ski and travel writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. She is the editor of SNOW Magazine. See past work at LoriKnowles.com or follow Lori on Twitter @LoriExploring.

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Jenn Heil (left) wins silver for Canada. Photo: Vancouver2010

Jenn Heil has style. The Canadian moguls champ and hands-down-favourite to win Canada’s first gold at the 2010 Olympics, accepted defeat gracefully after earning silver at Cypress Saturday night. Beaten fair-and-square by the USA’s Hanna Kearney, Heil told reporters: “Of course I wanted gold. But I won silver. I’m so proud to be Canadian right now.”

It was an evening full of tension. The first Olympic event to be held on the slopes of Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain was marred by rain, wind and fog. At many points during the day folks wondered if the event would even go off. But go off it did—despite the bad weather—with a roaring crowd supporting the skiers in every bump and jump they hit.

Heil — who has dominated the World Cup circuit in moguls all season — was in position to win after her first run Saturday. Canadians in the crowd and across the nation waited to celebrate Canada’s first gold medal ever awarded on Canadian soil.

But it wasn’t Heil’s night. With ponytails flying, Hannah Kearney of the USA wowed the crowds with a fast and spotless run. Kearney earned a point total of 26.63, ahead of Heil’s 25.69 points and the 25.43 points of bronze medal winner Shannon Bahrke, also of the US.

Heil’s defeat obviously disappointed the skier, who kept a smile fixed on her face throughout the flower ceremony immediately after the race, but who appeared shocked and disappointed. Heil pulled it together after spending time with coach and boyfriend Dominick Gauthier, whom she later credited for keeping her keen and sharp during the lead-up to the Games. By the time she faced the media, the silver medallist was 100% champion, insisting it is an honour to win a silver medal.

“All I can say,” Heil told Canada via CTV cameras, “is that a gold medal is gonna come soon.”

-By Lori Knowles

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