Season: October/November through – April
Province: British Columbia
Accommodation: Staff Housing for resort and hotel employees ages 19+ only.
Min Age: 19
Jobs: Guest Services, Bartender, Barista, Cashier, Line Cook, Server, Housekeeping, Culinary
Interview Locations: Online via Zoom
Sun Peaks’ 4,270 acres are spread across three skiable peaks, each with its unique personality. The three mountains are easily accessible from the village, so explore them all on the same day or stick to the area you love the most. Sun Peaks receives 6 metres of snow annually, and the mountains become covered with light, dry powder that is famous to the interior of BC. Our ski-through, European-style village is filled with restaurants, cafés, shops, and more! Wander or ski through the pedestrian-only walkway and take it all in.
From sushi to schnitzel, bison burgers to grilled salmon, and homemade fudge to fresh baked goods—your taste buds will be pleasantly surprised with plenty of charming cafés and après adventure destinations. Shop for ski gear or browse boutique shops for apparel, locally crafted jewellery, souvenirs, mementos, and local artwork. Pamper yourself at the spa, visit the hair salon or discover a vast regional beer and wine selection.
In addition to all the mountain’s outdoor activities, shopping and amenities, the village boasts a fitness centre, outdoor skating arena, and a yoga studio.
Every year we receive many applicants from overseas who have heard about the great employee experience we can offer at Sun Peaks. Word of mouth is our number one source of hire. With over 700 employees in the Winter across the resort and hotel, there are many opportunities across all our departments – some requiring no previous ski area experience, and some requiring more specialist skills. Previous employees love the sense of teamwork and community we offer at Sun Peaks, and of course, the great outdoor playground on our doorstep.
WHY WORK & PLAY AT SUN PEAKS RESORT & GRAND HOTEL?
Our unique location offers employees the opportunity for exploration and adventure both at work and at play. Sun Peaks Resort & Grand Hotel are easily accessible and centrally located within British Columbia. We are a relatively small, vibrant, progressive community that boasts our own K-12 school.
Each department offers a unique experience for anyone looking to start their career or make a life change in a resort environment. Our food and beverage outlets are fun and inviting, boasting different menus using fresh ingredients, and our outdoor operations directly interface with nature and guests. We also have one of the best grooming teams in Western Canada according to our guest reviews. Fresh corduroy in the morning can’t be beaten! And our recently renovated hotel rooms command excellent comments from our guests and are a property our employees are proud to represent. Flexible shift availability in many departments means time at work and still time to play.
- With over 300 pillows available, Sun Peaks Resort & The Grand Hotel offers subsidized staff accommodations to seasonal employees, located approximately 3km away from our village core.
- 3 primary buildings offer dorm-style / shared accommodation – Whispering Pines Lodge, Black Bear Lodge, and The Burfield.
The hiring manager will ask each candidate if they require a staff housing bed during the interview process, and our Staff Housing team will determine bed allocations.
BLACK BEAR LODGE
Black Bear Lodge is a shared dormitory building with two floors. Units on both floors include two single twin beds in an open plan room with a kitchenette and a separate three-piece bathroom (walk-in shower). Each unit has a fridge, built-in hot plate, counter-top appliances, dishes, glassware and silverware. Each unit also comes furnished with a dresser and nightstand for each tenant and a kitchen table. Tenants are responsible for arranging their bed and bathroom linens (bedding and towel package available for purchase). Wi-Fi service is included in this building. There is a large common area located on the ground floor of the building. This is a social space open to all staff housing residents. This area is furnished with tables, chairs, a fridge, microwave and a TV screen for the collective enjoyment of all residents.
The Burfield is a shared dormitory building with three floors. There are three types of units. The three-bedroom micro-unit features three bedrooms, each with a bunk bed, a separate single three-piece bathroom (walk-in shower) and a fully stocked small kitchenette with a small dining area. The two-bedroom micro-unit features two bedrooms, each with a bunk bed, a separate single three-piece bathroom (walk-in shower) and a fully stocked small kitchenette and small dining area. A twin unit with a kitchenette is equipped with a twin over a twin bunk bed, a separate three-piece bathroom (walk-in shower) and a fully stocked kitchenette. Each unit has a small fridge, built-in hot plate, counter-top appliances, dishes, glassware and silverware. Bedding is provided. Wi-Fi service is included in this building.
WHISPERING PINES LODGE
Whispering Pines Lodge is a shared dormitory building. The first and second-floor units include two single twin beds in an open plan room with a small kitchenette and a separate three-piece bathroom (walk-in shower). Each unit has a fridge, built-in hot plate, countertop appliances, dishes, glassware, and silverware. Each unit also comes furnished with a desk, a kitchen table with chairs, and a wardrobe. Tenants are responsible for arranging their bed and bathroom linens (bedding and towel package available for purchase). Wi-Fi service is included in this building.
As previously mentioned, there is a large common area on the ground floor of Black Bear lodge. There are two laundromats available on site for residents to use. There are also vending machines on-site offering snacks and drinks. We have limited parking available, assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are communal garbage disposal containers available on-site and recycling facilities within a 10-minute walk. There is also a yoga studio, a pharmacy, a small grocery store and a restaurant located within a short walk away. The main village can be accessed on foot using the Valley Trail, and in high season a resort shuttle offers a regular bus schedule between the village core and staff accommodation.
Staff Pass Enabled Activities and Perks (subject to conditions):
- Free Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
- Free X Country Skiing
- 50% Off Rental Gear & Private Lessons
- 40% Off Food & Beverage
- 30% Off Tuning Services (wax, edge sharpen etc.)
- 20% Off Retail Discount
- Free mid-week Group Sports School lessons
- Reciprocal discounts at other resorts
- X Country Biking (Summer Only)
- Downhill Biking (Summer Only)
- Golfing (Summer Only)
- Hiking (Summer Only)
In addition, the resort offers other activities, including:
- Ice Fishing
- Dog Sledding
- Waterfalls (Summer Only)
- Lakes (Summer Only)
Helpful Statistics on Sun Peaks Resort
Size of resort: Employs over 450 staff during the winter season
Staff Housing: Location comes with shared staff housing on the mountain for all staff through TWHC
Nightlife: No established nightclubs but there are a fist full of bars that turn in to party hot-spots after a certain time.
Aussie saturation: Saturation of Aussies is moderate. This number is increasing as this resort is getting way more coverage and exposure.
Temperature: The average temperature is somewhere between -5 & -10 at the village elevation
Job Roles on offer: This employer is one of our newest partners and they have offered a limited range of roles, mainly in their large hotel. Housekeeping, front desk agent, various food & beverage roles both back and front of house, cashiers etc etc.
Career progression: To progress up the management or responsibility ladder at this resort – means doing back to back seasons.
Ski Pass: This resort offers a ski pass with your employment
Size of Terrain: This resort has 4270 acres of skiable terrain. This is Canada’s second largest resort!
Reciprocal pass options: Sun Peaks is a member of the ‘Mountain Collective’ group. As a staff member, you would be able use your pass at other resorts nearby like SilverStar or Revelstoke. However, check with your managers as there are typically ‘black out’ periods regarding the use of staff passes….so ‘know before you go’!
Location: Sun Peaks is 45mins from the local large township of Kamloops. This town does have a domestic airport. Vancouver is 5hrs south.
Ongoing employment: The TWHC will assist with your first seasons contract. The ball is in your court – we help you get the job, you need to work hard to keep it. Ongoing extension of contracts are based on seasonal performance and at the determination of management, as is Housing. If in doubt – ask your manager. Sun Peaks operates a summer operation and should your performance be amazing during your season, you could expect to be asked about extending your contract.
Why go here? This location, much like Silverstar is at elevation and once here, everything is within walking distance. The mountain is massive and offers loads of skiing and riding options based on the weather that day. Lots of restaurants and bars and their events schedule both summer and winter is increasing!
Why avoid this place? SunPeaks is more remote compared to other ski resorts and the 45 minute commute to the township of Kamloops can be difficult at times.