Firstly, thanks to all of you for supporting Lifesport in Calgary for the past thirty years or so. Thanks to the entire ski community, the parents, the volunteers, the families, juniors, seniors, racers, tourers, clubs, teams, coaches, instructors, employees, and friends. Thanks also to the ski industry, and to my competitors, some truly good people. I’ve been fortunate to have been able to meet and to get to know so many of you.
As many of you know, I have come to a point now where I think it’s time to move on and to find more time to ski and to ride again. To ‘retire’ in some fashion. When a land developer came to me some time ago, with a plan to redevelop the entire street where my store is, I agreed to what they had planned. It meant that I had to vacate the Kensington location in April this year and close the store.
Now, apparently in part because of the current economic situation locally, the developer needs more time for funding and for planning their project. They have asked me for an extension on the timeline. I expect that I will come to an arrangement with them for this extension, though it is not yet final.
I expect that Lifesport will be in its current location well into 2017. Getting ready for spring will be quite a scramble now. I have had interest from a few different groups that want to take over at Lifesport and run it, giving me time to get out and relax a bit. Many people have expressed support for the shop to continue and I sure appreciate hearing that. This time extension could help me find a suitable successor.
I’ll post any important developments as I know them here on Skier Bob, Alberta’s best source for nordic ski info.