And there was snow.
Lots of snow…
Three Vancouver restaurant workers developed a friendship while working together. On a whim, they decided to trek up to Whistler in the winter of 1984 to check out the skiing that they were hearing so much about. Once they ventured up the mountain, they were hooked! The friends essentially never left Whistler after that first trip. One year later, in December of 1985, Sushi Village opened and the dream that these three friends had – to open a world-class sushi restaurant in what would become one of the most popular ski resorts in the world – came to fruition. But the dream behind the dream was to ski every day!
Most of their friends, family and colleagues in Vancouver thought they were crazy. Regardless, they went ahead with their restaurant plans. They expected that the restaurant (number 6 in Whistler) would be busy enough to stay afloat and make just enough money to allow the three of them to ski and live in Whistler.
The three partners were doing something right. The first winter was REALLY good and exceeded all expectations. Once that ski season ended though, the summer was quiet. REALLY quiet. The restaurant almost closed down that autumn, but the snow began to fall and so returned the crowds of hungry skiers. They never looked back.