Ski hill vague on sick/protesting ski patrollers allegations

Officials with Sunshine Village are assuring skiers and snowboarders the resort will be fully operational tommorrow after nine of its ski patrollers called in sick protest of working conditions — forcing management to close five of its nine chairlifts.

According to the CBC several staff members say the mass sick day call-in is a protest to draw attention to safety issues at the resort and to the recent firing of senior staff members.

Doug Firby a spokesperson for Sunshine Village questioned the authenticity of the calls to the media telling Fast Forward Weekly "We actually don’t know whether these people are actually Sunshine staff or not."

Management he added has not heard of any of the allegations firsthand nor can it discuss any personel issues publicly.

Firby wouldn’t confirm whether the resort had tried contacting the nine absentee ski patrollers to follow-up on the allegations. Nonetheless the ski patrollers are expected to return to work tomorrow.

"We’ve taken some measures to make sure that we’ll be fully operational tomorrow" he said hinting management could bring in outside workers to fill in.