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Station de Ski Val Neigette Closing


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A bit of downer news yesterday out of the Rimouski Quebec area that the ski area there, Val Neigette, looks as if it will be closing and the hill will be selling off it's lift, snowmaking equipment and other items as per the link from French CBC as per below.

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1039993/demantelement-installations-val-neigette-station-ski-rimouski 

I have yet to find an English link to this story. If there is one available it will be posted. Anyway, in either language it's a sad story for the Quebec ski industry.

 

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I saw that on Facebook today as well. Very disappointing. It's always sad to see a place close down. Incredible how at one time in the past there were well over 100 ski areas operating in Quebec, and now it hovers around 70.

Hopefully something can happen that would turn things around before it's too late and equipment and infrastructure get removed.

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An update to the Val-Neigette Story:

http://www.lavantage.qc.ca/actualites/economie/2017/6/21/les-eventuels-acheteurs-se-retirent.html 

Apparently there is a little controversy in this story. There had been a potential buyer that has now recently pulled out of the picture in purchasing Val-Neigette. They are now looking into investing into the Val d'Irene Ski Area instead.

A quote from the article in regards to a comment made by the leader of the consortium that wanted to invest in Val-Neigette:

"We are a consortium of investors interested in entering into an agreement with Val-Neigette, but to have an agreement, we must be able to discuss. Now, the people of Val-Neigette did not want to discuss. They had their idea in mind. It seemed to go in the direction of selling the assets".

At this moment it doesn't look good for the future of the area. Full details on the story via the link above.

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Some more news, not good news on this topic. The group that was to take over Val-Neigette have pulled out leaving the current administration not a lot of time to settle their debt, or risk placing the hill's equipment up for sale. Not a promising situation to be in. The Rimouski region is on the verge of losing their ski area. The link below outlines the situation, but is from a French media source.

http://www.iheartradio.ca/rouge-fm/rouge-fm-rimouski/nouvelles/exclusif-l-acheteur-potentiel-de-val-neigette-se-retire-1.3167996

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Very sad news. Hoping things can turn around before it becomes too late. It is always sad to see ski areas close, and even worse when a region loses the only one they have.

Amazing there was a time in Quebec when there were well over 100+ ski areas and now... in the low 70s and falling. 

Let's hope for the best.

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There seems to be somewhat of a happy ending to this story but still a lot of work to do for the current administration at Val-Neigette. It has been confirmed that the mountain will open this season but on a modified schedule. While the owner is working on making arrangements with creditors, this new schedule is a part of the new plan moving forward for the 2017-18 season.

On their website, season pass sales will commence shortly and their hours of operation will be Wednesday nights, Saturday, Saturday nights,and Sunday during the day only, and closed during the week. This seems to be part of the plan in restructuring to allow the mountain to open for the up coming season. 

https://www.skivalneigette.com/

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