It’s a party at Sun Peaks Resort this winter. The resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary with retro events and reunions.

Burfield Chairlift cranked into operation in 1961 on Tod Mountain, one of the three mountains encompassed today by Sun Peaks Resort. A Tokyo company purchased the ski area in 1992, hiring Ecosign Resort Planners Limited to convert the ski area into a four-season resort. Today, the resort runs 11 lifts across 1,488 hectares (3,678 acres).

Nancy Greene and Elli Terweil Sun Peaks' most-prominent ambassador, Nancy Greene, walks to the slopes with Elli Terweil of the Canadian National Ski Team. Photo by Adam Stein. Courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort.

Nancy Greene—Canadian senator, 1968 Olympic gold medalist, and Canada’s Female Athlete of the 20th Century—made Sun Peaks home and became instrumental to the resort’s development. Most skiers know her name; she’s behind the Nancy Greene Ski League learn-to-race programs across Canada. She still serves as the resort’s most prominent ambassador and leant her name to the Nancy Greene International Race Centre that serves for early season training.

The Austrian Ski Team aided development, too. Signing a race training agreement, they helped finance a chairlift and snowmaking on OSV where they train before the World Cup in Lake Louise.

austrian team training 2008 by adam stein

The Austrian Ski Team, which annually trains at Sun Peaks prior to the World Cup, helped finance snowmaking and a chairlift on OSV run. Photo by Adam Stein. Courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort.

The resort plans to celebrate its anniversary this winter in honor of Tod Mountain’s 50 years and Sun Peaks 20 years. As part of the celebration, the resort is resurrecting the Miss Tod Mountain Pageant on Dec. 3. The event, last held in 1987, returns for this year only. Participants need to submit a short speech about themselves by Nov. 19.

Other official anniversary events calendared for this winter include the following:

Dec. 31  New Year’s Eve celebrations
Jan. 27   Grand Reunion Gala Jan. 27
Feb. 19  Penguin Belly Slide Race
March 25  Wonder Weekend Social
April 7-9  Tod Mountain Days

Sun Peaks is collecting photographs, stories and memorabilia for display in Bento Daylodge. Photographs can be contributed online here.