Small Town Stories: Sun Peaks Resort

By Adam Donnelly
December 4, 2015 - 2:00pm

SUN PEAKS — Spanning three peaks, and offering nearly 4,300 acres of terrain, Sun Peaks Resort is one of the premier destinations for skiing and snowboarding.

It’s come a long way from it’s humble beginnings as Tod Mountain, and its success has led to more people calling the mountain home, which in turn, led to the creation of the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality. 

Watch above: Video Journalist Adam Donnelly profiles the resort

In 1992, Nippon Cable of Tokyo bought a little ski hill in the Sushwap highlands, called Tod Mountain.

In 1993, the name was changed to Sun Peaks, just one of the catalysts for what would become one of BC’s best know ski resorts.

Current Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine and his wife, 1968 Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist Nancy Green Raine, moved to the Resort in the mid-90’s - after the new owner of the resort asked them to check out the mountain.

After spending some time at the resort, Al and Nancy saw the potential for growth, as well as the commitment by the owner of the resort to build a community on the mountain.

Sun Peaks officially became a Mountain Resort Municipality in 2010, and was the result of a concerted effort by year round residents to help build the Sun Peaks community.

Sun Peaks is a community unlike most in the region, built around attracting and serving tourists from all across the world - but, if you ask any of the year round residents of the village, they’ll all tell you, they love their little slice of alpine paradise.

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