Sunshine Ski Village of Banff in Alberta Canada is having PR and labor problems.
The son of Sunshine Village owner Ralph Scurfield being told he couldn’t ski out of bounds was the catalyst to the firing of four employees, a wrongful dismissal suit claims.
The legal action, filed in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench, seeks compensation for senior manager Chris Chevalier and three others dismissed after a dispute with Taylor Scurfield.
I often regard ski patrollers with a touch of disdain, but they serve an important purpose.
The ski patrollers I am in frequent contact with are volunteers and get free skiing and discounted food & drink from the resorts they work at. I sometimes ride up the chair with them and talk with them, but sometimes it seems they are cop-wannabees. However, we all know they are just working the authori-tay to prevent their EMT skills from being required.
It seems at bigger ski resorts the ski patrol is more of a hired workforce, having the bigger areas they need to cover more area, they have more dangers, steeper slopes, higher speeds,, and so on; the bigger resorts need the motivation of being paid provides.
Taking the facts as put forward by the Calgary Sun article above and the lack of response from Sunshine Ski Village’s ownership I have to side with the ski patrollers. The ski patrollers when chasing down those who go out of bounds are necessarily unavailable to come to the assistance of others at the resort. In addition, if the party goes missing or one of the members becomes hurt then who is it that will have to direct their attention to search and rescue? Not to speak of the increased danger presented by deep powder and increased avalanche risk.
If members of the owning family and their friends are to be exempt from the rules then the owner needs to explain that to the employees. I believe the owners and the family in the group should abide by the rules they require everyone else to follow, but to fire employees for doing their job is a sure fire way to killing morale among your employees.