Murray Ridge facing challenges

Ski area looking for both funding and a general manager

Murray Ridge Ski Area and the board of directors which help to manage it are facing some challenges as the winter season nears.

With no general manager at the moment, the mountain is looking for a new person to take the helm, and also hoping to raise some substantial capital over the next few years.

General Manager Dan Goff has stepped down after getting a year-round position with the Wildfire Management Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and the group is looking for someone to take his place.

There are also some upgrades and maintenance to buildings which need to take place.

The shop which houses the groomer is in need of replacement, and a rough estimate of $120,000 is what the board thinks it may cost to replace the sizeable building, which they hope to start next year.

The cable for the tow-lift, is also going to need replacement in an about five years – another estimated $100,000 in upgrades – money the non-profit, community-run skill hill currently doesn’t have.

The cable had stretched over the many years of use and required constant adjustment last season.

But the news is not all bad for the hill, because stress-testing of the current cable and a shortening and re-splicing led to a positive diagnosis of its integrity for the time being.

Had the stress test been negative, the society would have needed to try and find the funds to replace the cable as soon as possible.

Now they have a few years to look for grant funding and other income sources to help cover the costs.

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