I would imagine many of us have done the school field trip thing to various places ,How about Ski Trips,...Well for One ($1.) Dollar, you can own your own Ski Hill & Golf Course,at Mount Orford,.now is your chance................here's the Gazette story:
If you're in the market for a ski hill and golf course, Mount Orford's are up for sale for $1.
Environment Minister Line Beauchamp announced yesterday she tabled a bill in the National Assembly calling for a submission of bids to purchase the Eastern Townships facilities, presently owned and operated at a hefty loss by the Quebec government.
The symbolic sale price of $1 will cover all buildings, chairlifts and other equipment needed to run the operations, but potential buyers must run the ski hill and golf course for at least five years, and put down a $4-million deposit to back up their guarantee.
Beauchamp also announced the 459 hectares of land encompassing the ski centre and golf course will be formally integrated into Mount Orford provincial park and remain the property of the Quebec government.
The move has been demanded by environmental groups like SOS Parc Orford ever since the Liberals proposed selling off 263 hectares of parkland to private developers to build 950 condominiums on an 85-hectare section at the base of the mountain. The idea was conceived by regional groups seeking a way to make the ski hill and golf course profitable. The facilities employ about 400 people in full and part-time jobs directly, and support 3,700 jobs in the region, Beauchamp has said. The proposal was met with widespread opposition, and the Charest government finally backed down in 2007.
Since then, the government has run the facilities at a loss of $2 million a year. The government was hamstrung because it couldn't use taxpayers' money to promote its operations at the expense of private ski hill and golf course owners, and thus did the minimum to keep the facilities running, Beauchamp said.
"We maintained the mountain, maintained the clientele (at the request of regional groups), but we were not aggressive," she said. "In the meantime, local promoters have been coming up with new business models, and I'm confident there will be good bid proposals submitted." The deadline for submissions of bids is May 28.
If the sale does not go through, the government will close the ski centre and golf course and dismantle the equipment and buildings.
SOS Parc Orford did not return calls last night. They're holding a news conference today.