Nancy Greene is to Canadian skiing what Donald Bradman is to Australian cricket. Her success at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, made a lasting impression on her compatriots and she has remained in the public eye ever since.
During her nine-year racing career, she raced all over North America, South America and Europe. She competed in three Olympics and won 17 Canadian championship titles, three US titles and two World Cup titles, an impressive haul that remains largely unmatched even today.
Greene and her husband, Al Raine, were pioneers in the development of Sun Peaks Resort, near Kamloops in British Columbia. Raine is mayor of the village and the pair can often be seen around the resort, Greene regularly skiing with guests.
They built the first condominium hotel in Sun Peaks Village, naming it Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge after a Celtic ranching family who settled in the area many years ago.
The nicest thing about the hotel (apart from the fact that Greene can often be seen there) is that a lot of her memorabilia is on display. Her medals and trophies, including her Olympic medals, provide a deeply personal touch to the lobby area, so that even if you don’t encounter Greene during your stay, you will most certainly feel a connection with her.
Backing onto the runs – in winter, the hotel is ski-in, ski-out – the complex has more than 160 rooms ranging from cozy traditional lodge rooms, studio kitchenettes and family suites to spacious three-bedroom accommodation. It is family-friendly and, like a lot of Canadian hotels, some rooms are pet-friendly. Bring the dog, bring the kids.
Our dual key suite had a room with two queen beds and an adjoining room with a kitchen and living area, the former so spacious that we had no need for the latter. Around 120 of the suites have kitchens, and the hotel also has a secure storage room for guests’ sports equipment.
All rooms have TV, DVD player, coffee maker, kettle, alarm clock, hairdryer and heated tile floor in the bathroom. Rooms are serviced daily and free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. Facilities include two hot tubs, a sauna room and a restaurant. Twice a week, the hotel holds a movie night.
Surrounded by spectacular mountains and just metres from the shops and restaurants of Sun Peaks Village, the hotel makes a perfect base for winter skiing or summer activities such as mountain biking and hiking. The village hosts regular concerts in the warmer months, along with food and wine events where you might get to rub shoulders with the legendary Nancy Greene.
The Food Wine Travel checklist:
Comfy bed √
Good shower x (little water pressure)
Free wifi √
Free parking √
Tea and coffee in room √
Fresh milk x (powdered milk only)
We stayed in: Rooms 234 & 236.
If you go:
Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge
3220 Village Way
Sun Peaks, BC
Tel: +1 (866) 714 8404
Food Wine Travel gets a small commission if you book through this link but it doesn’t cost you any extra. Christine and Alise spent 2 nights as guests of Sun Peaks Resort.