December 10, 2023

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Mont-St-Anne needs 175 million youth care

Mont-St-Anne needs 175 million youth care

(Quebec) Les Amis du Mont-Saint-Anne estimates that the alpine ski resort needs $ 175 million to revitalize and is in danger of collapsing if it fails. With this number in hand, friends hope to be able to begin negotiations with the current employer.

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The group has been denying for months that there was “low investment” on the mountain, about 40 kilometers from Quebec. On Thursday, Friends Lame submitted a commissioned document from the company that surveyed 1,800 mountain users.

In the words of Friends Vice President Olympian Alex Harvey, the plan described Mont-St-Anne (MSA) as “once again becoming an international destination”. “We know this has happened in the past, but we hope it will change again,” the founder told a news conference.

Friends especially condemned the dilapidated condition of the ski lifts. According to them, investments should also be made in snow cover, all-season activities and modernization of the mountain base.

The group wants to use this document to negotiate with MSA’s current owner, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR).

“We know RCR has reached a critical juncture. It needs to restore its infrastructure and ice cover. Its lifts are over 30 years old,” said Yvonne Charest, businessman and president of Les Amis.

The resorts of the Canadian Rockies were able to manage the mountain without much investment, but here it is at a crossroads.

Yvonne Charest, President of Les Amis du Mont-Saint-Anne

According to Yvonne Charest, several scenarios are on the table: RCR may decide to reinvest, become a minority owner or sell.

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Friends tried to negotiate informally with a Calgary-based company. She refused and, according to Mr. Charest, asked friends to send her any offer in writing.

The group said it had no intention of acquiring RCR-owned MSA, Stoneham. But friends say they are ready to find investors if needed.

The Quebec government announced in late April that it intended to take over all areas of cross-country skiing, mountain biking and camping activities from the RCR.

The state said in a press release that it wants to ensure “strategic development of recreational tourism activities that meet population expectations.” There are no indications that an agreement has been reached and that litigation will end in the courts.

Tap Then attempted to reach the RCR. But the company chose not to comment on the matter.

However, this government decision will not affect the alpine ski resort. Friends unveiled their development plan on Thursday.

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