Nancy Greene Raine will be inducted into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame this week.
The Sun Peaks resident, former senator and Canada’s female athlete of the 20th century will enter the hall during the 2018 Tourism Congress in Gatineau, Que., which takes place this Tuesday and Wednesday.
Since its inception in 2006, the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame has recognized inductees for their impact in shaping Canada’s tourism sector.
Now director of skiing at Sun Peaks Resort, Greene Raine’s achievements have included being Olympic Champion at the 1968 Grenoble Olympic Winter Games, becoming a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and holding a Canadian record 13 World Cup victories.
Greene Raine remained an active promoter of winter sport following her retirement from ski racing, but lesser known is her involvement in the tourism industry.
Greene Raine has highlighted skiing and snow sports to bolster Canadian winter tourism and promote Canada as one of the world’s top winter and ski destinations.
Prior to moving to Sun Peaks, Greene Raine and husband Al Raine — the mayor of Sun Peaks — lived in Whistler.
From 1975 to 1994, they were fundamental in putting Whistler on the map as an international ski destination, with involvement in destination promotion, expansion of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and building Whistler’s first hotel, Nancy Greene’s Olympic Lodge, now known as Crystal Lodge.
In 1994, the couple left Whistler for Sun Peaks, where development of a new ski resort at the former Tod Mountain ski area was underway.
During the past two decades, the couple has been an integral part of Sun Peaks’ growth, starting with construction of the first condominium hotel in Sun Peaks, Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge.
“Nancy’s enthusiasm for winter sports is infectious for all those around her,” said Darcy Alexander, vice-president and general manager of Sun Peaks Resort.
“We are fortunate to have Nancy share her passion with our winter guests through her complimentary Ski with Nancy program.
“Whether you are a lifelong skier or a beginner, time on the slopes with Nancy makes your skiing experience even better, whether she’s sharing ski tips or simply her love of the mountains.”
Prior to her induction into the Canadian Tourism Hall of Fame, Greene Raine was named a tourism ambassador for British Columbia and served as chair of the Tourism Taskforce for the Asia Pacific Initiative.