BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Sam Loxton

BIKE MINDED PEOPLE – Sam Loxton

“Yeah, I do have a really cool job,” says Sam, with a smile on his face and the late evening glow of the Sun Peaks alpine light on his cheek. “I won’t argue with you about that!” Sam grew up in Bowral Australia, a little town south of Sydney that all of his Canadian friends love to mispronounce. And despite living in relative proximity to a highly populated area, Sam’s childhood and upbringing happened with wide open spaces and freedom to wander as the backdrop. While those characteristics weren’t particularly noteworthy for Sam as a young lad, those are the characteristics that he now credits for sparking the pursuit of the mountain lifestyle he now lives, eats, and breathes at Sun Peaks Resort. On a family ski trip after finishing high school in 2007, Sam happened upon a quiet mountain town called Sun Peaks, where he felt a special attraction.“It was nice and laid back, man,” Sam notes. “There was a tight knit community vibe and that was something I wanted to pursue.” Sam returned to work as a lift attendant for a few seasons between 2008 and 2010. And although he loved the dirtbag lifestyle of that position, Sam left once more to pursue a degree in tourism management - a credential he was certain could be instrumental in finding longer term, more rewarding work in the kinds of places he wanted to live. As luck would have it, Sam’s schooling landed him the kind of position he was hoping for, and brought him right back to Sun Peaks. His time away provided reflection and certainty that Sun...
5 Photos That Will Make you Want to Visit Vernon

5 Photos That Will Make you Want to Visit Vernon

Discover BC through the eyes of its locals photographers!  This week, we’re featuring Vernon through the eyes of Dylan Sherrard.   This week we are riding in Vernon with Noah Brousseau! “Vernon is a mountain bike playground. It’s so cool to live here with trails out the back door, Silver Star just up the road, and the lake just around the corner. My summer days spent riding at home are the best. I’m stoked for you to follow along this week.” “It gets so hot around here in the summer. Some iced coffee, a little water melon, and a cruise up to Silver Star sure helps make the air feel cool. The chairlift carries us for fast and cruisy laps while the trails are smooth and flowy. There’s so many lines here and the summer breeze is exactly what I need. I love it.” “Summer light in Vernon is crazy. Sometimes, when theres a fire in the hills somewhere, we get this wild pink light buzzing through the evening. When I’m flying down a single track and carving turns above the lake, the glow doesn’t even feel real.” “Summer is so good around here. This is the first year I can remember than I’ve got some free time to spend close to home, and I’m definitely making the most of it. Laps in the park, floating in the lakes, pedalling into the evenings… I don’t want to be anywhere else.” “It’s nuts when you realize there’s only so many summer days left before fall. But this summer in Vernon and Silver Star have been legendary, and it’s still not over yet. I’ll...
Explore Sun Peaks Bike Park with Guestagrammer @dylansherrard

Explore Sun Peaks Bike Park with Guestagrammer @dylansherrard

Explore Sun Peaks Bike Park with guestagrammer @dylansherrard Dylan grew up in the Yukon, transplanted to Kamloops, and lives a life absorbed by bikes. As a man of many hats between Specialized Bicycles, Bicycle Cafe Kamloops, Shred Hard Summer Camps at Sun Peaks Resort, and multiple media outlets, Dylan juggles his many roles with the common goal of using bicycles to inspire a positive lifestyle.   Sun Peaks Resort leaves the lift turning till 7pm every night, all summer. The final few evening laps before the sun sinks into the horizon are guaranteed to be cool, but rarely to be calm. Rider - @kye_melnechuk Trail - Barn Burner at Sun Peaks Resort There is a very distinct moment toward the tail end of August at Sun Peaks when the light and the colours have all softened and Autumn is clearly coming in. Rider - @lyndensandy  Trail - Route 66 at Sun Peaks Resort Cool and breezy in the alpine bloom. Rider - Blaise Trail - Ain’t No Scrubs at Sun Peaks Resort What could possibly be more a more perfect way to manage a hot summer day, than relaxing by the lake? Maybe riding up the mountain to relax at a quiet alpine lake, and then crushing a couple thousand feet of singletrack on your way out? Rider - @sara7rose Trail - Altitude at Sun Peaks Resort It’s all good, it’s all gold. @kye_melnechuk only stops hot-lapping when the light runs out. Rider - @kye_melnechuk Trail - DH at Sun Peaks Resort A cool and foggy morning is a rare sight during the summer months at Sun Peaks. A...
Shred Hard Summer Camp 2017

Shred Hard Summer Camp 2017

I dive deep into the dog days of summer. Wild flowers paint the forest, the laps keep coming, and the light seems to last forever. The season is energizing. I do all that I can to share the buzz of the summer with everyone around me. And the absolute pinnacle of sharing begins each morning at Shred Hard Summer Camp.

14-Day Itinerary: Southern British Columbia Loop

14-Day Itinerary: Southern British Columbia Loop

This itinerary stops in many popular riding destinations in BC’s southern interior. Never-ending mountains with great trails mixed with cool lakes and friendly towns provide a landscape that is about as close as it gets to true mountain bike nirvana.