I spent two days in Kamloops, one day at the Sun Peaks ski resort, one day at Pemberton Creek Park. (Disclaimer - parents, stop reading now. Everyone will be happier.)
RossH recently mentionned that he was afraid to ride Whistler - he figured I'd wuss out of the hard stuff, but he'd try it all and eventually hurt himself. Well, turns out that applies to the intermediate runs at Sun Peaks. I realized something was up when the liftie laughed at my bike, so I started easy on Gummi Bear. It kicked my butt. Looking for something easier I tried Bambi. Yeah. 1 endo, 1 fall off the back, and a bunch of walking. The runs are fairly technical, really steep, and take stones (How big? I wouldn't know - bigger than mine.) Everything's hard, and the blue-black differentiation mostly just describes how big the gaps are. I ended up having some great runs on trails that didn't rely on jumps. One, Barn Burner, is mostly fast with big bermed turns (think of a BC Bobsled). The last move is a lot like the entrance to the bottom of Fire Swamp, but twice as high and full of dust. I cleaned it on the fifth try, which felt pretty good.
I told a guy at the shop that I was more of an XC rider and he sent me to the local city park where he learned to ride. I'd eyed those trails from the freeway and so was gratified to ride them. Turns out that every climb I tried was obviously primarily a DH trail. When I got to the top I took the descent that looked coolest from the road and ended up dragging my foot and using my rear wheel as a rudder. Super steep and covered in deep dust.
I did ask the mechanic about regular XC trails. He said they had one under construction.