Sunshine Village is going back to court yet again for the right to park customers and their vehicles in avalanche zones beyond the lease boundary.
This video shows the scale of the avalanche terrain and the size of avalanches that threaten the Sunshine access road.
In March 2012 an avalanche ran on the Bourgeau slide paths that exceeded recent trim lines, taking down mature trees and running much bigger and wider than in recent memory. It hit and ran across the road in an area that Sunshine Village had been using during the season to park customer’s vehicles. It proved that the expanded parking operations on the Sunshine road beyond the lease boundary had been extremely dangerous and foolhardy.
Parks Canada called it a wake up call.
Sunshine Village has been parking customer vehicles there since at least 2006.
Sunshine spokesperson Crosbie Cotton denied that Sunshine Village parked cars in avalanche zones right after the March 2012 avalanche happened. Then Cotton flip-flopped and argued that Sunshine should be allowed to keep doing it.
Sunshine Village still thinks they know better. Sunshine Village went to court to prevent the Parks Canada safety specialists from imposing the restriction. Sunshine Village lost in court. Sunshine Village says they are going to appeal. Sunshine Village says it’s all about the visitor experience.
There are some “experiences” that visitors can probably do without.
We will see what happens next and if Sunshine Village continues to litigate against the public safety actions of Parks Canada’s mountain and avalanche safety specialists.
In the meantime ask yourself if you trust Sunshine Village management and if you would want to park your family in the avalanche zones on the Sunshine access road.
Take another look….
The Rocky Mountain Oulook is reporting that the Federal Court of Canada has upheld a public safety parking restriction to prevent Sunshine Village from parking cars in avalanche zones on the access road.
Now we have Crosbie Cotton attempting to justify why Sunshine Village should be allowed to continue parking customer vehicles in avalanche zones (and that it’s worked fine since 2006).
What a bizarre and farcical corporate flip flop!
It would be funny, except it’s about workplace and public safety at a major ski resort in Banff National Park – and that’s no joke!