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Ski patroller

Bunbury, Alex

  • CA-BC-BA001
  • Person
  • February 2, 1933 - October 25, 2013

Alexander 'Alex' C. Bunbury was a land surveyor and the co-founder, along with his son Paul, of Bunbury Associates. His surveying projects included the Trans Mountain Pipeline, B.C. Rail, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, Whistler Village, and the Grouse Mountain Gondolas. Alex and his wife Dorothy purchased property up Microwave Road (now Gondola Way) shortly after Whistler Mountain opened and built a ski cabin there. Bunbury was active in the Whistler community, serving as a member of North Shore Rescue, the Ski Patrol, the Fire Department, the Museum and Archives Society, and the Advisory Planning Board. An adventurous skier, he pioneered the Couloir run on Blackcomb Mountain, which was formerly known as Bunbury Chute. He also managed his sons' soccer teams.

Burrows, Paul

  • CA-BC-BP013
  • Person
  • fl. 1960-2018

Paul D. Burrows first arrived in Canada from England in 1960 and came to Alta Lake by train in 1965 to ski. He worked as Ski Patrol for a season in 1966 and later on the Pro Patrol, all the while squatting in a rented trailer. After leaving Whistler for Vancouver and working in the printing business, he returned when his wife Jane received a teaching position in Pemberton. Burrows resumed his job as a ski patroller on Whistler Mountain while also working construction. He was active in the community, belonging to the Rotary Club, the Museum Board, and the Alta Lake District Ratepayers Association (president 1972/73), making an unsuccessful run for mayor in 1975, and serving as alderman in the 1980s. He and Jane were the original co-publishers of the Whistler Question (beginning 1976). In 1977 he was named Citizen of the Year. Paul and Jane continued to reside in their Alpine A-Frame until 2000.

Rhodes, Mitch

  • CA-BC-RM001
  • Person
  • fl. 1995-2015

Mitchell 'Mitch' Rhodes was a member of AWARE (Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment) from 1999 to 2004, serving as vice-president, president, and treasurer. Between 2003 and 2009 he provided first aid, transport, and rescue services on Whistler-Blackcomb mountains. He also served as a committee member for the Whistler 2020 Economic Task Force (2008-2009), a panelist in green filmmaking at the 2007 Whistler Film Festival, an advisory committee member of the Community Foundation of Whistler Environmental Legacy Fund (2001-2004), a director of the Whistler Center for Sustainability (2001-2004), and treasurer of the Whistler Health Care Foundation (1998-2003). He currently works for the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia.