For those of you with limited knowledge of Sun Peaks resort you may not know that there is a Health centre there right now that is manned during the winter on limited hours after the ski day is done. It services lots of local employees and a few unlucky visitors. The visitors that get mildly banged up during the course of a day of sking or snowboarding.
Sun Peaks became a municipality about 2 years ago and right now there is talk about building a 3 million dollar facility that will eventually house a more substantial health centre. In the mean time there is talk of relocating municipal offices to this new building.
In my opinion, I am not sure if Sun Peaks is ready for this kind of an investment. Currently there is a fair share of empty commercial space in Sun Peaks as the resort has been predominately a one season resort. Recently that has started to really turn the corner and Summer attendance has started to drastically improve. I am sure it helps to hold great free concerts through out the summer like Sun Peaks has done in the last two years!
Based on my knowledge of the Sun Peaks, from being a resident there and selling real estate there for the past 5 years I think the Resort and the Municipality would do very well to consider putting in a West Morrisey Chair lift instead of proposed future health centre. There is two main reasons they should consider this option:
- Sun Peaks has been know as a family friendly resort with lots of beginner and intermediate runs. The west morrisey terrain has some of the best snow conditions and steepest terrain on the mountain. Opening this area up will no doubt make Sun Peaks more attractive for ski enthusiasts looking for gnarly terrain.
- Adding this chair would make Sun Peaks as whole a true ski in/out Resort and they could advertise it as such! Locals and visitors alike seek out the convenience of ski in/out locations. By adding the west morriesy chair lift it will increase the cities revenue from nightly rentals and property taxes from the real estate around that area. Currently there are lots of lots for sale in that area that I am sure the city would love to see developed! If a chair would go in there would be a lot more demand for this location that already features some of the best views on the mountain.
I would love to see Sun Peaks really take off because I think it has lots to offer to anyone seeking a special place to call home. What Sun Peaks decides to do in the near future will have an impact on just how fast Sun Peaks develops.