From the beginning, Sun Peaks Resort has worked hard to include accessible mountain experiences for guests. As the resort grew, and more and more people contacted the Sports School regarding adaptive ski and snowboard lessons, the then Sports School Director, Candice White, recognized the need for a dedicated organization to assist those riders visiting the resort who were living with disabilities. She identified a champion in the community who would be perfect to lead the charge, Dick Taylor.
Meet our Founder – Dick Taylor
Dick Taylor, a former principal in Kamloops and ski instructor, witnessed children living with disabilities having to opt out of school ski field trips to Sun Peaks. Dick was determined that no child should be left behind, and worked tirelessly with a core group of volunteers to create an organization with the vision: Making the Mountain Experience Accessible to all!
In 2008, Taylor and his team formally adopted the name Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks. Not only did ASSP want to ensure universal access to snow sports at the resort, but to year round out-door pursuits! For 16 years the volunteer team at ASSP taught, and continue to teach hundreds of hours of ski/snowboard lessons per season and in 2023 we offered our first ever summer programs including: hiking, canoeing, SUP and mountain biking!
We are so grateful to the many early pioneers who helped shape ASSP into the organization it is today and look forward to a very bright future!