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Scurfield History Sunshine Village Banff, Alberta (AB)

Scurfield History - 80s and 90s

The year 2011 marks 30 years of ownership for the Scurfield family at Sunshine Village. Calgary businessman, Ralph T. Scurfield purchased Sunshine Village in 1981, and carried forward upgrades that had begun with previous owners. And his sons, Ralph Scurfield, John Scurfield and Sergei Scurfield, have continued this mission to enhance the guest experience at the Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort.

In 1984, the Wheeler Ridge double chairlift at Sunshine Village, which was named for Arthur Oliver Wheeler, a principal founder of the Alpine Club of Canada, opened to the public. The year was a busy one at Sunshine Village, with the inauguration of the interpretive centre and Rock Isle self-guiding interpretive trail.

In the mid-1980s, the Women’s World Cup Downhill was held several times at Sunshine Village, new trails were built, the Standish chair lift was rebuilt and the renovations at the then-Sunshine Inn were completed. In 1988, the Angel chair at Sunshine Village was replaced with a high-speed quad, the first of its kind in Banff.

In an interview with, Ralph D. Scurfield, president of Sunshine Village, was asked what he was most proud of. He said: “Goat’s Eye Mountain and the installation of the lift system there, as it really opened up a whole new world for skiers and snowboarders.”

With a 575-metre (1,900-foot) vertical high-speed quad, Goat’s Eye Mountain opened in 1995, nearly doubling Sunshine Village’s skiing and boarding terrain.

“The other thing we are most proud of is the access system we have created,” said Scurfield, “We appreciated how much effort it was to use a T-bar with a snowboard, so, in the mid-90s, we removed our last surface lift, installing the WaWa quad chair.”

The expansion of skiable terrain continued in 1998 with the opening of the popular Delirium Dive free ride zone and the addition of a terrain park on Lookout (Continental Divide/Brewster) Mountain.

The changes the Scurfield family made in the 1980s and ’90s at Sunshine Village paved the way for major modernizations over the next decade.

Read on or contact Sunshine Village to learn more about the resort.