New Sun Peaks sport is like riding go-carts down a mountain

The future course starts at the top of Sunbeam Ski Run at Sun Peaks in Kamloops.
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SUN PEAKS - There's a new sport coming to Sun Peaks — the first of it's kind in North America — and the resort will have it ready for adventures who want to extend their descents down the mountain into summer.

A Mountain Cross Cart course is under construction on Sunbeam ski run, paralleling the Platter Lift. Currently nine such parks are operating around the world, in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Estonia. Experts were brought in from Finland last month, to provide expert advice and to help lay out the course. It will be completed in the fall but won't affect regular ski activities.

The 512 metre track with a vertical descent of 52 metres is designed for users to achieve an average speed of 35 km/h. To get to the top of the mountain, riders will be able to use the platter lift which will run daily during summer, taking both carts and riders to the top of the course.

According to a press release from Sun Peaks, riders can expect a high level of safety even at these high speeds on the winding course because the carts offer precise control and have powerful disc brakes, four-point seat belts, roll bars and padded seats. They resemble go-carts and don't require driver's licence to operate.

For fun, runs will be timed so competitive types can race the clock or rival friends for the best time. 

The Mountain Cross Cart Action Park is expected to open in late June, 2015.

Credit: Youtube: Veli-Pekka Suuronen

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