This letter which I received from Gaetan Turmel in Quebec should give some pause for thought:
To everyone concerned, I follow this debate from my far away Québec. The reason is that every winter, my wife and I spend a month in Canmore.
In our Quebec City area, we are well served with many centers and nice trails, but……we enjoy the overall Bow Valley experience and spirit.
Also, I read about that 24$ billions deficit, no small matter. But as a retired analyst and portfolio manager, I know that expenses are only a part of an equation. The true test is revenues less expenses. Here, I’m used to pay an average of 17$ per day for skiing.
As an example, if I was offered a 300$ season pass for CNC, PLPP, Mt Shark and Ribbon Creek, I’d happily sign for that. As nice a center as CNC can be, I’ll never ski 15 times at this sole place over a month (once or twice is OK). I know there’s Goat Creek, Spray River, Cascade, Lake Louise and others, but they aren’t on par. 700 skiers would suffice to cover that 200 000$ grooming expense.
I roughly estimate that we spend between 7000-9000$ every winter in Alberta, not counting plane tickets. We rent a car, a condo, buy groceries, gas, go to restaurants and get other conveniences.
Without a diversified and appealing offer of ski trails, it will be goodby to Crazy Weed, Iron Goat, Communitea, Sage Bistro, Nourish Café, Rocky Mountain Bagel, Arts Place and others.
Think revenues as well as expenses!
Wishing us all the best while you reflect upon it, Sincerely
Gaétan Turmel Ste-Pétronille Qc