xposted from TGR:
Lots of smaller bits and pieces of info on various sites. I'll do my best here to put it together and organize it a little bit.
4 long time staff at Sunshine were fired shortly after Christmas. Rowan
Harper snow safety supervisor who had been working there for 26 years.
Chris Conway senior patrol who had been working there since 1986. Risk
manager Chris Chevalier who had been there 30 years, and lift ops
supervisor Ben Chevalier who had been there 8 years. The media is
reporting that they plan to initiate a wrongful dismissal case.
Also according to a report, and word on the street is that this stems
from a direct confrontation with a direct relative of the owner of the
resort who was caught poaching an avalanche closure area. Apparently
this has been an ongoing problem with the Scurfield (Scurfields own the
resort) shits for years, and the source on that is about as reliable as
it gets but I will leave the person anonymous.
On Wednesday, the majority of the patrollers and snow safety team called
in sick to work and met with media to raise awareness of safety
concerns. As a result only 3 of the 12 chairs were running. Craig
McArthur, another patroller told media that yet another patroller had
Sunshine Village was reporting that the mountain was fully open. Many
people were posting on their Facebook wondering why so many lifts were
closed. One poster claimed that he was told it was due to mechanical
issues. After a shit storm on facebook where people were calling them
out on lying, SSV reposted that many of the patrollers had called in
sick to work, and that is why the lifts were closed. Finally after many
fb posters were pissed about the reasons of the closures, SSV announced
that they would be discounting lift prices....this was announced one
hour before half day rates went in to effect , and the discount was a
couple dollars cheaper than the half day rate. They also were giving $20
discount vouchers to those who had come earlier.
Also according to reports, patrollers who did not show up on Wednesday
were expecting to meet with management the following day to work out
their issues. Doug Firby told media “"Anytime an employee at Sunshine
has a concern we're interested in talking to them, so I think there
probably are some discussions going on." He also claimed that he was
unaware of any morale issues. Patrol claims that they have tried talking
to management to no avail, which is why they walked on Wednesday. This
is in contrast to Firby saying “but we hadn't heard anything about the
public safety concern." in another report. He also said that anyone with
safety concerns should feel free to bring the issue up with Sunshine
An anonymous poster on facebook said that when they reported to work on
Thursday, the patrollers were held at the base area and “dealt” with
one at a time. Craig McArthur and Jock Richardson (16 years there) were
also fired at the end of the day on Thursday after having met with owner
Ralph Scurfield in the morning. They were escorted off of the property
and told they would be charged with trespassing if they came back.
Another claimed that they were threatened with legal action to recoup
lost revenue. An anonymous FB poster said that one of the people fired
was given the option in the morning to stay and work, or go home. The
person chose to stay and work. Doug Firby told media during the day that
everyone who returned to the hill today (Thursday) was working,
countering the fears of some patroller that they would be immediately
fired. The 2 were fired reportedly at the end of the day. A FB poster
posted “Patrollers and management are not talking. Scurfield is
threatening patrollers one at a time after firing yet another one.”
As of right now, 8:50 am Friday the SSV conditions page is stating that
all 12 lifts are open on the homepage, then under conditions it says all
but Goats Eye.
Link to TGR thread:
Basically the ownership of SSV has gotten in a pissing match that was started by the owners' son.