Sun Peaks Revised Feb 13th 2015

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Sun Peaks Revised Feb 13th 2015

Postby siteguide » Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:05 pm

Site Name: Sun Peaks - Tod Mountain

Direction of Launch: NW, W, S . . . . . .. Site Suitable for: HG & PG
Type of Site: Mtn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Type of Flying: Thermal & Ridge
Elevation Launch: 6993' asl. . . . . . . . . GPS: N 50 54 23.38 W 119 55 35.04
Elevation LZ: 2700' asl. . . . . . . . . . . . . GPS: N
Site Regulation: Formal . . . . . . . . . . . . XC Potential: Excellent 80 Km +
Location: Sun Peaks Resort at Tod Mountain NE of Kamloops BC

Flying Season: Assign value 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 (Highest)
Spring 4 . . . . . Summer 4 . . . . . Fall 3 . . . . . Winter 2

Rating Recommendations: HAGAR,
Mild: Student . . . . . Moderate: Int . . . . . Strong Conditions: Adv.

Vehicle / Transportation Requirements: 2WD to the resort. Then ski lifts to launch.

Times to Fly: all day, all year round.

Soaring Information and Weather Notes: Sun Peaks Webcam
For your HAGAR Canadian Airspace information, see: ... space.html

Canada Rasp:

Class E Controlled Airspace above 8000' AGL, above 2200' AGL just to the west. Class B above 12,500' ASL.
Re-set your altimeter to the accurate launch altitude before flying.

Call Transport Canada Flight Services Station at 250-376-7941 prior to any XC flight near the Kamloops control zone.
Fly around the 5 mile control zone, not through it.
FSS will require information about where you are flying from, where to, what time period, expected altitude and if you carry a radio.

Description of Launch:
Unobstructed Alpine meadows or snow fields at the summit of Tod Mountain known at Sun Peaks Ski Hill.

Hang Gliding and Paragliding is only permitted off the North and North West launches for the time being.


When Advanced pilots have proven that pilots can safely launch off the South Launch, beside the Burfield Chair, showing definitive control of their wing while launching, and the ability to immediately turn away from the Chair Lift, this launch will reopen for us.


1. Contact Jamie Tattersfield 250-578-5402 Email:
. the Sun Peaks Operations for Orientation, and to sign the Sun Peaks Waiver.
2. No flying below 300' over ski lifts, and no flying below 1000’ over houses.
3. In summer, Foot launch only is permitted to protect wildflowers.
4. During winter, Paragliding launching is permitted on ski's and foot also.
5. In Winter, access to launch is via the Burfield Chair. Cost variable.
6. During summer, driving to launch is permitted by prior arrangement only.
7. Hang Gliding is not permitted during winter ski season due to access difficulties.

These alpine areas are extremely sensitive and are subject to ongoing botanical studies. Damaging them could result in loss of the site.

Launch Road Directions:
On Highway #5 north of Kamloops turn east at Heffley Creek.
On the paved road, drive 30 km passing Heffley Lake and Whitecroft.
After a steep climb just past a cattle guard the valley opens and you will see a maintenance area on the north side of the road just before the bottom terminal of the first quad chairlift.
Complete the requirements as stipulated by Sun Peaks Resort (Orientation and waiver) at the activities desk.
No vehicles are allowed on the Ski Hill. Chairlift access to launch.

Description of LZ:
Designated LZ is the field at the SE Corner of the Y intersection at Heffley Creek.
Land on field south of the road after you turn east on to access Sun Peaks.



Do not land in the Sun Peaks parking lot or populated areas.
During your briefing you will be told which areas around the resort are acceptable that day.
- Sun Peaks Golf Course is the usual LZ chosen by Sun Peaks Operations.

Other Information:
FIC Advanced Weather Briefing and HAGAR Notification:
1-866-WXBRIEF (1-866-992-7433) French service: 1-866-GOMETEO (1-866-466-3836)

Radio Frequency: 123.4 Mhz (Aircraft) & 173.640 Mhz, Local Club: 146.415

There are plenty of year round activities at Sun Peaks.
The swimming pool & hot tub in the Rec Centre are only minutes walk from the golf course, riding trails, hotels, condos and restaurants.
Contact Central Reservations at 250-578-7710 for a fantastic selection of accommodation. Off season rates are available.

Site Record(s): Altitude Gain: 15,400 Open Distance: 80 Km
Duration: . . . . . Dog Leg: . . . . . Out & Return: . . . . . Triangle: . . . . . Race to Goal:

Regulating Body: Thompson Valley Soaring Club (TVRC)
Primary Local Contacts: Karl Buchegger (Retired PG)
HG: Ian McArthur 250-578-8402 Cell: 250-574-1178
HG: Dave Wagner Tel 250-579-9182
HG: Lawrence Barichello 250-372-8459
PG: Terry Butcher Cell: 250-320-0103

Read about the 1999 Canadian Hang Gliding Grand Prix held here. The first GPS competition in Canada. Meet Director: G. W. Meadows.
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