Early figures indicate Marble Mountain did not have a good year financially
CORNER BROOK, N.L. — The full audited statements are not ready for public release yet, but early indications are that Marble Mountain did not fare as well as hoped this past season.
According to the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation — the provincial agency responsible for the government-owned ski resort — Marble Mountain operated for only 72 days this past winter season.
That is the lowest number of days recorded in recent years, though the hill was open for just 73 days during the 2017-18 season.
The department said weather conditions, specifically wind, resulted in higher-than-normal closures for safety reasons during the 2018-19 season.
The number of day pass skiers was up slightly this past year, but season pass sales dropped by 25 per cent and total ski visits to the hill were down 15 per cent.
For the past season, cost-saving measures were implemented, including shutting down the hill on Tuesdays — traditionally a slow day during the week, to run the hill more efficiently.
That plan did not work out as anticipated. Total sales revenues for the ski season amounted to a little more than $2 million and were down around 18 per cent from the previous year.
Heading into the season, the department had budgeted for Marble Mountain to generate a little more than $2.4 million in revenue and to have an operating deficit of $708,045.
Year-to-date numbers provided
for the period ending Jan. 31 of this year had indicated the hill had already lost $643,046.
The Western Star requested an interview with Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation Minister Christopher Mitchelmore about the preliminary numbers for the past ski season at Marble Mountain, but he was not made available.
The department said the minister would do an interview when the complete audited financial statements are prepared and made public sometime in the coming weeks.