For­mer World Cup skier hopes to de­velop Ski Cape Smokey

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - BY CHRIS HAYES

ways, rock climb­ing, sum­mer con­certs and elder hos­tels, if all his plans suc­ceed.

“ That’s re­ally one of the best ways that you can run a ski area rather than have ev­ery­thing sit for five to seven months a year.” he said. “I think the main busi­ness could ac­tu­ally be dur­ing the sum­mer. I mean, we have over a mil­lion peo­ple go­ing by the front door in the sum­mer there and you don’t even have to ad­ver­tise to get them.”

Mahre’s win­ter plans for the ski hill could in­clude adding ad­di­tional chair lifts, ex­pand­ing the down­hill runs, de­vel­op­ing some lengthy trails for snow­mo­biles and of­fer­ing com­pet­i­tive snow­mo­bile com­pe­ti­tions.

He thought the Ski Cape Smokey project would re­quire about $1 mil­lion to $1.5 mil­lion to get started but he couldn’t be as clear on the long-term cost for his am­bi­tious pro­pos­als.

Ski re­sorts are mak­ing money all around the world, es­pe­cially when they have year-round op­er­a­tions, he said.

Mahre, who was on the U.S. na­tional ski team and skied the World Cup cir­cuit, lives in north­ern Wash­ing­ton state and is the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of a non-profit group called the Pa­cific North­west Ski As­so­ci­a­tion, which or­ga­nizes ski­ing com­pe­ti­tions in sev­eral U.S. states.

Lo­cal vol­un­teers work­ing through the so­ci­ety hope to re­open sev­eral runs at Ski Cape Smokey this win­ter us­ing nat­u­ral snow, which so far has been in short sup­ply.

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