TATTERSFIELD OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED FOR CONTRIBUTION TO RECREATIONAL SKIING
A key personality in the growth of Sun Peaks was recognized for his career achievements in the ski industry at the 2016 Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) Spring Conference in Whistler from May 3 to 5.
Jamie Tattersfield was awarded the Jim Marshall Award and was the first Sun Peaks recipient to receive the distinction. Given annually by the CWSAA board of directors, it recognizes the skills and dedication of an individual who has made a strong contribution to recreational skiing.
Tattersfield spent 22 years as the mountain operations manager for Sun Peaks Resort LLP, and 43 years in the ski industry throughout his career.
“When Jamie came to Sun Peaks it was very much an open slate, there was very little infrastructure so the expertise and knowledge that was required to move Sun Peaks forward was immense,” said CWSAA president and CEO Christopher Nicolson.
“I think it’s fair to say (becoming) the second largest (ski area) in Canada and one of the most recognized ski destinations in Canada, Jamie’s role in that has been immense.”
Tattersfield was a prominent figure in the development of Sun Peaks, including the construction of the Village Day Lodge, Sunburst and Sundance chairlifts, and the Village Platter.
“Working for him was a treat to be honest with you,” said current mountain operations manager Erik Meertens. “He was a very wise man. The amount of knowledge he packed was unbelievable.”
“He was always there for oversight if you ever had questions, if you ever had to go back to him you when weren’t sure on something, he was good for clarification.”
Tattersfield retired at the end of the 2014-15 ski season.