About

About Sun Peaks Alpine Club (SPAC)

We’ve been around for more than 60 years!

Our club formed in 1962 under the name “Kamloops Ski Team”. Since then, we have undergone several name changes: The “Tod Mountain Ski Team”, the “Kamloops Alpine Club”, and finally, when the mountain officially changed their name to Sun Peaks Resort in 1992, we became the “Sun Peaks Alpine Club”.

Kamloops has a wealth of ski racing knowledge and former members and alumni can be found everywhere. The former club cabin was recently renovated into the now called the Sun Peaks Hostel, on your right as you drive by the Burfield Lodge.

The Sun Peaks Alpine Club Cabin, located on the hill, is our home base now.

SPAC Clubhouse

The SPAC clubhouse is located on the west end of the main parking lot P2, beside the Sun Peaks Health Centre.

The clubhouse serves as a meeting place for all racers and their coaches. There is a kitchen equipped with microwaves and a fridge for lunch use. The clubhouse is open on weekends from 8:30am – 4:00pm. Midweek days and times will vary.

Use of the clubhouse is restricted to Sun Peaks Alpine Club members.

Lockers are available in the basement for all FIS/U16/U14 athletes. If there are extra lockers, they can be assigned to other athletes and/or club members, at the discretion of the program director.

SPAC Board of Directors

President – Duncan Currie
Vice President – Kelly Dye
Treasurer – Greg Tymchyna
Secretary – Jennifer Davis
Registrar – Sara Thomson
Alpine Chair – Todd Ring
U12A/U14/U16 Parent Rep – Derek Ottem
NGSL Parent Rep – Gabrielle Fox
Facilities & Transportation Rep – Jeremy Jensen
Directors at Large – Lesley Ring, Paul Hunter

SPAC Coaches

Wade Rettie

Wade Rettie

SPAC Program Director

Wade comes to the Sun Peaks Racers from Banff, Alberta, with 40 years of skiing experience. He is a Level 3 CSCF coach and he has coached all age groups – from 4 to 70, with the Banff Alpine Racers.
Wade’s goal is to help share in the learning and competitive nature that the sport of skiing can provide in all aspects of the racers’ future. He loves skiing for many reasons from time management, goal recognition and achievement as well as the free feeling of challenging the slopes.
Wade also enjoys golf and hiking.
SPAC is proud to share that Wade recently was awarded by BC Alpine in 2023  with the highly respected Program Director of the Year award.

Lyndsey

Lyndsey

SPAC NGSL Program Coordinator

Lyndsey has been coordinating the Nancy Greene Ski League Program for 6 years and has been coaching for over 20 years. Her certifications include CSIA Level 1, CASI Level 2, CSCF Level 1, Level 1 First aid. She grew up in Kamloops and raced with SPAC as an athlete for 8 years. She has been skiing for over 30 years. She loves to share her knowledge and passion for skiing and for the sport of ski racing. Her favourite things about skiing are; Fresh air, bluebird days, and amazing friendships. She likes soccer, hiking and music and she is a very talented nail artist in her other job!

Sami Piana

Sami Piana

FIS Head Coach

Sami joined SPAC in 2022 and came to us with an extensive coaching background. Growing up as a skier in the Italian Alps created the foundation for a lifetime of skiing opportunities. Being fluent in Italian, German and English and with a European Level 3 Coaching certification, earned him a long record of coaching FIS level between Europe and North America.  In addition, he holds a Masters Degree in Sport Management from Luiss Gido Carli University in Rome. Prior to joining us here in Sun Peaks, Sami was the Former Athletic Director at the National Ski Academy  in Livigno-Italy and then in Collingwood-Ontario.  

Bill Rublee

Bill Rublee

Accelerated U16 Head Coach

Rebekah Smiley

Rebekah Smiley

Accelerated U14 Head Coach

Rebekah started skiing in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and spent her FIS years racing out of New Hampshire. She began her coaching career in while attending university, eventually going back to New Hampshire to coach at Waterville Valley Academy where she had attended as an athlete. In time, life brought Rebekah to the beautiful mountains of the West. She brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Sun Peaks Alpine Club. When she is not on the hill, Rebekah can be found following her other passions of yoga, paddleboarding, mountain biking, wake surfing, traveling and spending quality time with her family.

Liam Applegath

Liam Applegath

Accelerated U14 Coach

Liam is as homegrown as it gets.  Born in Kamloops, he lived in Sun Peaks and naturally started in the Nancy Greene Ski League at the age of 6. He continued to be a part of the SPAC family racing all the way through to FIS level where he raced for 5 years. He also loves big mountain skiing and ski touring. His favourite discipline however is Super G – because there’s no training runs.  “One shot wins it all”.  Liam is always willing to share knowledge – expeciallly tuning and waxing advice. He wants to make sure nothing will hold back his racers!

Alice Muirhead

Alice Muirhead

Accelerated U12 Coach

Alice joined Sun Peaks Alpine Club as a coach in 2018 after more than ten years coaching with the Prince George Ski Club. Alice is a Performance Level Coach who has worked with athletes from age five and up. Alice is driven to create environments that encourage fun, skill development and confidence while instilling a love of skiing, the outdoors and camaraderie through sports. Outside skiing, Alice loves running and gardening.  

Luke Hartigan

Luke Hartigan

Accelerated U12 Coach