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Sun Peaks Resort History

A chronological outline of all major events that have occurred at Sun Peaks Resort
dating back to the resort’s first year of winter operations under the name Tod Mountain.

Bring home a more detailed account with our limited edition coffee table book, Sun Peaks Resort, An Evolution of Dreams, available for purchase in-resort at John Tod Trading Company and Sun Peaks Sports for only $39.95 plus applicable taxes.

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1961 The Burfield Lodge and Chairlift opened to the public in 1961.
1968 Fire damaged the Burfield Chairlift equipment and forced a closure.
1970 Tod Mountain re-opened in December 1970.
1971 Harry Burfield died when the plane in which he was touring the mountain crashed.
1972 The Shuswap Double Chairlift was installed; chairlift located near the base of Bento's Day Lodge to upper Exhibition.
1979 The Crystal Triple Chairlift was installed.
1980 The Shuswap Day Lodge was constructed.
1988 Construction began for a 49 lot subdivision across from the Burfield Lodge.
1989 The top station of the Crystal Chair was badly damaged by a mechanical fire.
1990 Paving of access road from Whitecroft Village to Tod Mountain was completed.
1992 Nippon Cable Company Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan purchased Tod Mountain.
1993 Nippon Cable created a new long range Master Plan and signed a new Master Development Agreement with the Province of British Columbia. The first phase of the Master Plan was initiated.

Extensive development of the resort began with the construction of new runs, Sunburst Chairlift, Sundance Chairlift, Village Platter, new facilities, and new infrastructure. The Sundance Chairlift was originally a fixed grip quad running from the base to where tower 15 is on the present day lift. Approximately $12 million was invested in resort development.

West Bowl T-Bar installed; t-bar transplanted from lower Exhibition.

Lift company name was changed to Sun Peaks Resort Corporation.
1994 Development of the new Village Day Lodge, the "Board Beyond Belief" Snowboard Park, servicing of the Village as well as the Sunburst and Fairways single family subdivisions (approximately $8 million).

Nine holes of the 18-hole golf course were completed.
1995 Opening of the first nine holes of the 18-hole golf course in late August.

Conversion of the Sundance Chairlift to a high speed, detachable quad chair and extending the length approximately 800 vertical feet.

Opening up 40 acres (16 ha) of brand new intermediate terrain.

Completion of Phase 1 of the 200 room Nancy Greene Cahilty Lodge (ski in/ski-out), Sun Peaks Lodge (ski-in/ski-out), 3 town house developments and 4 single family homes in Sunburst subdivision.

SNOW COUNTRY MAGAZINE award winner: #1 in Mountain Trail Design in North America.
1996 Construction of 35 million gallon snowmaking reservoir.

Construction of 25 new homes in the Sunburst and Fairways subdivisions.

Private developers build Sundance Lodge hotel.

Completion of the covered bridge and the driving range.

Clearing and rough grading of the back nine holes of the 18-hole golf course.

First 2.5 km of Valley Trail and 1 km of Alpine walking trail completed.

Run improvements to Lower Cruiser, Lower Exhibition, Lower Blazer and 5th Avenue.

Upgraded Sunburst Express from capacity of 1,500 people per hour to 2,000.

SNOW COUNTRY MAGAZINE award winner: #2 Best Design for Day Lodge under $2M (Village Day Lodge) in North America.
1997 SKI CANADA MAGAZINE award winner: Best Weather in Canada, Best Terrain Variety in Canada.

Sun Peaks Sports Centre completed construction of ice rink, tennis courts, heated pool & hot tub.

Private developers build three new hotels: Radisson Hearthstone Lodge, Radisson Fireside Lodge, and Heffley Inn.

Completion of Sundance subdivision (Phase I).
1998 SNOW COUNTRY MAGAZINE award winner: #1 in Mountain Village Design in North America.

SKI CANADA MAGAZINE award winner: Best Apres Ski in Canada, Best Kids Resort Features, Best Grooming in Canada.

Completed construction of Sun Peaks Stables, Timberline Village and Forest Trails multi-family developments, McGillivray Lake Outpost (log cabin destination for cross country skiers and mountain bike riders), fourteen food and beverage facilities, and seven retail outlets.

New Burfield Quad was installed using the using the original base terminal from the Sundance.
1999

Increased capacity on the Sunburst and Sundance chairlifts and new Carpet Lift.

Bike carriers were installed on the Sunburst Express chairlift and the Sun Peaks Bike Park opened to the public, providing nearly 2,000 feet of lift-accessed vertical.

New buildings and facilities for Snow Sports School, Group Rentals, and Childminding.

Servicing of Sundance subdivision (Phase II) and Fairways subdivision (Phase II).

Construction of 5 single family homes in Sunburst and Sundance subdivisions.

SKI CANADA MAGAZINE award winner: Best Grooming in Canada, Best Locals in Canada.

2000 Announcement of $70 million dollars in investments, including the Delta Sun Peaks Resort Hotel and Conference Centre, a new $40 million 226 room hotel with 11,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, completion of the 18 hole par 72 golf course in the summer of 2001, lift and trail development on the 3rd skiable mountain – Mt. Morrisey, and completion of the village core.
2001 Construction of the $40 million dollar Delta Sun Peaks Resort Hotel and Conference Centre commences, scheduled to open October 2002.

Devastating fire destroys the Delta Sun Peaks Resort Hotel on October 26, forcing a complete re-construction.

Morrisey platter lift completed and 17 new trails developed on Mt. Morrisey.

Development of the last nine of the 18-hole golf course begins, with expected completion in October 2002, opening 2003 golf season.

Extension of the Valley Trail to Burfield Drive.

Construction begins on Phase 1 of an $8 million dollar joint venture project with the Little Shuswap Indian Band and Whispering Pines Indian Band. Phase 1 of the development consists of a 10,000 square foot, 48 bed staff housing complex and 6,000 square feet of service-oriented commercial space.
2002 Delta Sun Peaks Resort Hotel and Conference Centre opens October 2002.

Construction of Phase 2 Fairways Cottages completed.

Morrisey high speed quad completed and 17 new trails opened on Mt. Morrisey.

Development of the last nine of the 18-hole golf course continues, with expected completion date of October 2003, opening 2004 golf season.

Completion of the Valley Trail to Burfield Drive.

Construction completed of a 10,000 square foot, 48 bed staff housing complex and 6,000 square feet of service-oriented commercial space.

Addition of a new back country cat skiing outfit on Tod Mountain.
2003 Resort survives the BC wildfires with no damage to the recreational boundary area.

Trails Edge – Phase 1 of the four phase master plan was completed.

Opening of the new tube park Tube Time.

Opening of Sun Peaks’ first full service spa.
2004 Trapper’s Landing sells out in 6 hours, bringing in over $17 million.

300,000 skiers visit Sun Peaks during the 2003–04 winter season.

Sun Peaks announces Phase 2 of its Master Development Plan.

Phase 2 development of Mountain View Drive begins.

Sun Peaks Resort awarded the Silver Eagle Award for Water Conservation from SKI Magazine.

Sun Peaks Resort Corporation’s Environmental management system is fully certified to ISO 14001:1996 (Certificate # 026082), becoming the first resort in North America to do this.
2005 The back nine of the golf course opens for play.

Lookout Ridge, single family subdivision, begins construction in the East Village.

Machine made Bike Park trails reach an all new level at Sun Peaks with the opening of Route 66.

The Daily Telegraph, a major London, UK, newspaper awards Sun Peaks Resort the top Canadian ski resort for families.

The Nancy Greene International Race Centre opens.

The Austrian Ski Team signs a five year agreement to use Sun Peaks as their early season training site while on their way to the 2010 Winter Olympics.
2006 Sun Peaks Resort Corporation's Environmental management system is re-certified to ISO 14001:2004 (Certificate # 026082).

The Umbrella Café at Mt. Morrisey opens.

The Elevation Quad Chair on Tod Mountain opens providing the resort with another lift in the alpine, and also servicing the Nancy Greene International Race Centre. 
2007 Sun Peaks Resort Corporation is awarded BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award for Outstanding Energy Efficiency Project.

Construction of the Kookaburra Lodge begins with phase one of the project scheduled to be completed in 2009.

The Canadian Ski Council awards Sun Peaks the National Winner of the Industry Recognition and Excellence Award for outstanding record of customer loyalty, excellence in customer satisfaction, and strong commitment to increasing growth in skiing and snowboarding.

Ski Canada Magazine award winner: #1 Resort in Western Canada for Best Weather.

The Delta Residences Sun Peaks Resort opens November 2007.
2008 WestJet begins service to Kamloops and Sun Peaks Resort year round from Calgary, Alberta, beginning December 15, 2008.

Olympian and Sun Peaks Resort's Director of Skiing Nancy Greene Raine appointed to the Canadian Senate by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Sun Peaks Resort named one of the top 10 resorts in North America by Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Poll.

The Bluebird Market opens in the Delta Residences.

342,000 skier visits during the 2007–08 winter season, a 5% increase over skier visits during the 2006–07 winter season.

Cadogan Guides award winner: Best Family Resort in North America.

The grooming fleet continues to grow with the purchase of three new Pisten Bully groomers, one of which is equipped with a new Yellowstone Dual Track Setter to improve the Nordic skiing experience.
2009 Ski Canada Magazine award winner: Best Race Training Centre, Best Kids' Terrain Park, Best Ski-in/Ski-out Village, and Best Alpine Resort in Summer.

For the second time, the Canadian Ski Council awards Sun Peaks the National Winner of the Industry Recognition and Excellence Award for outstanding record of customer loyalty, excellence in customer satisfaction, and strong commitment to increasing growth in skiing and snowboarding.

The Kookaburra Lodge opens in fall 2009, offering resort guests affordable, residential apartments ranging from one to four bedrooms, plus several commercial spaces on the ground floor of the building.

WestJet expands air service to Kamloops and Sun Peaks Resort with a Vancouver flight connection.

The Delta Sun Peaks Resort opens two new restaurants in the Delta Residences. The M Room features a fine dining menu highlighting regional, fresh cuisine, while Morrisey’s Public House provides the village’s first Irish inspired pub offering.

Sun Peaks Resort Corporation signs a multi-year terrain park sponsorship agreement with Rockstar Energy Drink.

The Mascon Hangout catering to teenagers opens in the Sports Centre.
2010 Sun Peaks granted Mountain Resort Municipality Status by the Province of British Columbia.

WestJet expands air service to Kamloops and Sun Peaks Resort with an Edmonton flight connection.

For the second year in a row, the Canadian Ski Council awards Sun Peaks Resort the National Winner of the Industry Recognition and Excellence Award for outstanding record of customer loyalty, excellence in customer satisfaction, and strong commitment to increasing growth in skiing and snowboarding. This is the third time Sun Peaks has won this award.
2011 In winter 2012, we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Tod Mountain and the 20 year anniversary of Sun Peaks.
2012 Winter 2011–12 marked the 50th Anniversary of Sun Peaks Resort at Tod Mountain.

Nordic skiing attendance record set on December 29, 2011.

Camping & RV Park opened adjacent to the Sports & Aquatic Centre in summer 2012.

Two new all mountain bike trails constructed in the Sun Peaks Bike Park in summer 2012. The Altitude trail extends the Park's vertical to 825 metres, as well as providing access to the "Top of the World" alpine area. Big Rock Ride introduces a great route past the snowmaking reservoir to the summit of Sundance, down to McGillivray Lake and the entire cross country trail network on Mt. Morrisey.

Bicycle Pump Track built in Parking Lot #5 in summer 2012.

Sun Peaks Resort celebrates a record-breaking summer in 2012; the largest number of visitors in one summer day, the most summer chairlift passengers in one day, and growth in overnight occupancy each month through the summer.

Sun Peaks Nordic Centre completed in November 2012, providing a hub for all things Nordic and open for the 2012–13 winter season.