Mt. Sima calls on Alberta ski industry expert

Mt. Sima calls on Alberta ski industry expert The Great Northern Ski Society is looking to save Mt. Sima.

The Great Northern Ski Society is looking to save Mt. Sima.

But the public isn’t invited to the meetings.

On May 16, there will be a closed-door meeting to discuss ways to save Whitehorse’s struggling ski hill. Kevin Grogan, general manager of Vista Ridge All Seasons Park near Fort McMurray, Alta., will speak about how other ski hills operate.

Vista Ridge has had past financial problems. The Great Northern Ski Society will also provide an update on its financials. Options will be reviewed during another closed-door meeting on May 23.

Representatives from the City of Whitehorse, the Yukon government and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency will attend. Representatives from snow sport groups and the business and tourism lobbies will also be present.

In March, supporters of the ski hill packed city hall to ask the city to consider long-term funding options for Mt. Sima. The society told council they needed $400,000 immediately. Without this funding, the hill would have to close down at the end of the winter season. Right now, the society doesn’t receive any money from the city. The society wants the city to consider providing it annual funding.

The public can send comments to greatnorthernskisociety@gmail.com or complete the comment form at www.mtsima.com/comments.