Skiing is the story of Nancy Greene Raine’s life. At three years old, she stepped into skis at Red Mountain, a resort in British Columbia where her parents helped to build the first chairlift. She competed at Olympics in Squaw Valley, Innsbruck, and Grenoble—bringing home gold and silver medals in alpine skiing from France. On a trip home to Red in 1968, Greene Raine won her second World Cup championship (she won the inaugural World Cup in 1967).
Retirement from ski racing meant a second career in ski resort development, at Whistler Blackcomb until the mid-1990s, and now at Sun Peaks Resort. Awards and titles didn’t stop after racing, either. Greene Raine was named Canada’s female athlete of the century in 1999, and appointed to Canada’s Senate in 2009. Now in her 60s, when Greene Raine isn’t in Ottawa, the first place to look for her is still on the slopes. Mountain caught up with Greene Raine this fall to get a look at her hardware and talk skiing in BC. —Olivia Dwyer