Choosing the right hotel for our ski trip


Sun Peaks Resort in Central British Columbia

Vacations are meant to relax, rejuvenate and have fun with the ones you love. Traveling with two boys under the age of 3 can be challenging at times, so it’s essential that we choose appropriate accommodations for each adventure. Few things are more important than getting a good night sleep when traveling as a family.

For our winter trip to Sun Peaks Resort, there were a few items on our wish list: (1) we wanted to be located directly in the village to avoid long walks, (2) a kitchenette with fridge to prepare meals, (3) separate rooms for Connor and Braydon to sleep, and (4) a hotel with ski in and ski out access, something Sun Peaks Resort is famous for. A standard hotel room with two beds was just not going to cut it.

Tip #1: Book a hotel room or suite with a kitchenette, even if it costs more. Not only will you save money by preparing a few meals in your room, it will be a life saver for those special moments when your little ones get super cranky because their hungry.

Coast Sundance Lodge, Sun Peaks, British Columbia

We found a few options that would fit our family needs, but one that stood out was the Coast Sundance Lodge. It has a unique 1-bedroom suite that has two queen size beds, one in the bedroom and one in the living room (pictured above). It worked out well for our us. Braydon shared the room with Cameron, while Nicole and Baby Connor slept in the living room.

The Coast Sundance Lodge has one of the best locations in Sun Peaks. It has ski in and ski out access and sits at the base of the Sundance Express Chairlift. Our suite opened directly onto the ski run, which was a nice feature that allowed Braydon to play in the snow right outside the room.

All the rooms in the hotel are equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, and complimentary high speed Internet. Some of the rooms, like the one we had, also have full kitchens and fireplaces.

Tip #2: Bring white noise downloaded on a mobile device. For some toddlers a fan is enough. But if you have a child like Braydon, who is a very light sleeper, you will need additional white noise to help drown out other noises (like a crying baby in the next room).

Coast Sundance Lodge, Sun Peaks, British Columbia

The 1 bedroom set-up in our suite. It acts more like a 2 bedroom.

Located on the slope side of the hotel is Bottom’s Bar & Grill, a kid friendly restaurant that hosts the best Après-ski in the village. Also located in the hotel is the Bolacco Café, one of the best coffee joints in Sun Peaks. Make sure you visit both!

Tip #3: Look for a hotel that has a restaurant, especially on snowy vacations. We love being in the snow but it’s not an easy task getting an infant and toddler ready to go outside. Cold weather = big jackets, snow pants, sweaters, hats, mittens and snow boots. Having a restaurant within the hotel makes life so much easier.


Coast Hotels are mainly located in British Columbia and Alberta, with some hotels in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and California. Many of the locations have the option for 1 bedroom suites, which is perfect for family travel.

An added bonus for Canadians, you can earn up to 500 Aeroplan miles with each stay (Aeroplan is one of our travel partners, learn more about the program here).

What did we miss? What are your hotel booking tips?

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Sun Peaks Ski Resort, British Columbia

Special thanks goes to Destination British Columbia for providing complimentary accommodations during our stay at Sun Peaks Resort.

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