Rather than re­duc­ing our sup­port to them we should be build­ing our sup­port to en­cour­age the growth of the event ... I think it’s a very im­por­tant thing in the area

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at­ten­dance num­bers and af­fected the fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion from some spon­sors’’.

‘‘I don’t think the ac­ci­dents have done any­thing to slow crowd num­bers (but) it’s cer­tainly made it dif­fi­cult with spon­sor­ship,’’ Mr Shipp said.

Mr Shipp said the club was in the plan­ning phase for next year’s event which will in­clude the launch of a hall of fame night on Fri­day at the fin­ish line with new in­ductees an­nounced an­nu­ally.

‘‘In se­cur­ing the coun­cil’s fund­ing and other fund­ing we know we’re right to go with the (2019) event,’’ he said.

It is es­ti­mated al­most $60 mil­lion has been in­jected into the econ­omy from the past three ski races.

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