New Mount Sima board faces uphill battle

Before it can revitalize Mount Sima’s ski and snowboarding opportunities, a newly elected board of directors has many hurdles to overcome.

Before it can revitalize Mount Sima’s ski and snowboarding opportunities, a newly elected board of directors has many hurdles to overcome.

Due to organizational problems and equipment malfunctions, Mount Sima closed its runs January 31, less than a month after the first chairlift went into motion.

Elected in the Wednesday meeting were Jim Bishop, Greg Meredith, Keith Thaxter and Peter Wright.

Also elected were individuals nominated by relevant groups: Linda Rapp (nominated by Whitehorse); Jim Bell (nominated by Alpine Ski Association of Yukon); Marc Boulerice (nominated by Yukon Freestyle Ski Association); Don Wilson (nominated by the Canadian Ski Patrol — Yukon Zone); Sue Deforest (nominated by Snowboard Yukon); and Craig Hougen (nominated by the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce).

The ski resort needs $300,000 to operate this season, so it’s applying for bridge funding and grant money to upgrade the facility’s equipment and hire staff to manage daily operations.

It also needs an outdoors operations manager, but such people are widely sought by other resorts and are in short supply.