Sunshine Village is a ski resort operating on leased public protected land in Canada's Banff National Park. Sunshine Village Watch Promotes Worker Rights, Workplace and Public Safety, Environmental Protection, Regulatory Transparency and Increased Scrutiny of Sunshine Village Ski Resort Operations in Banff National Park. and Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park (UNESCO World Heritage Sites).
In December 2012, Sunshine Village Corporation filed an application for an injunction against Parks Canada. The application sought to overturn Parks Canada’s public safety prohibition regarding Sunshine’s parking operations in the vicinity of the large avalanche paths along the access road, including the avalanche path that hit the road in March 2012.
Sunshine’s application was denied by the Federal Court for reasons of public safety and the public interest.
The December 21, 2012 decision of the Federal Court may be found here.
This video (below) shows the disputed area of road hit by the March 2012 avalanche and the location of Sunshine’s previous parking operations in the avalanche path.
Post-avalanche clean up of road(below). The area of avalanche debris in front of the loader is an area where parking had been permitted prior to the Parks Canada prohibition.
This video (below) shows the congestion and public safety issues caused by Sunshine’s parking operations elsewhere on the access road.
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.