At one point Summerland could boast that it had the first ski hill — and the first (and longest) ski tow in the Okanagan Valley.
The winter of 1939-1940 saw the first group of skiers tearing up the slopes at Meadow Valley ski hill, and using the new ski tow.
The ski tow was originally powered by a tractor engine (kindly donated by W.R. Powell) and could only convey two adults up at one time.
Although the tow only extended 400 feet, it was smooth running and a big hit on the hill.
This 1949 photo shows the tractor engine that powered the ski tow at Meadow Valley.