- December 23, 2013 - 12:26
I live on the east coast and don't mind that taxpayer money is keeping Marble Mountain going. At least some good comes of it: people get some exercise and fresh air. Use of the hill is down partly because parents don't encourage their kids to get involved in physical activity like they used to. I'm going to try to get there at least once this winter.
- December 23, 2013 - 15:46
Cow: Please pass the hat around and send me $1 million. I will absolutely guarantee you that some public "good" will come of it. If nothing else, I'll spend $50,000 renting some ice time at the arena. Deal?
- December 23, 2013 - 09:36
So…all of these tax dollars are put into this elitist sport, mostly for those living in the surrounding area and who are able to afford to ski, and then somewhat in the name of tourism. How does management reach out to those less able to afford what Marble Mountain has to offer? If this facility is geared toward the upper economic echelons, as it seems to be, then they should pay for it. Not with my tax dollar.
- December 23, 2013 - 08:48
"Worth the cash".....one could read this as a defense of Marble Mountain. In fact, it is simply a reminder of this government's lack of respect for the value of all taxpayer money. Muskrat Falls, here we come.
- Corporate Psycho
- December 22, 2013 - 15:09
I'm fed up with subsidizing where people in the town of CB are working and playing. If the town can't stand on its own let it go.
- December 23, 2013 - 09:59
And had anyone made that same argument about all of Newfoundland anytime between about 1975 and 1995......
- December 21, 2013 - 11:09
The precise definition of whether something is "worth the cash" is that someone would willingly pay their own, hard-earned money to buy it. The government has never even come close to selling Marble Mountain to anyone at any price, despite many documented attempts. The current "value" of Marble Mountain amounts to keeping it alive at any cost, so as not to become a negative campaign issue.....with visionary governance like that, no wonder Newfoundland is what it is. You might not be able to find a job, or see a doctor, or drive on a safe highway, but you can forget all your woes with a day of government-provided skiing!@
- December 21, 2013 - 09:38
You can dress up the story all you want, bottom line is Marble Mountain has become a failure. Since no one wants to buy it, the time to close it down must be seriously considered by the provincial government. Marble Mountain peaked in 2007-08 with 95, 270. Today's story shows there were just 66,069 in 2012-13. Do the math, that represents a decline of over 30 percent. Marble Mountain has seen a steady decline over the past five years. Comparing 2007-08 to the last five years, there are 90,000 users missing from the equation. Reading past annual reports, you get a litany of excuses for the declining numbers. As I understand it, this is the last year of a three year business plan by the Marble Mountain Development Corporation. The first two appear to be an abject failure according to the ski numbers and this story shows failure in attracting weddings and events. Marble Mountain is either dying or has died and no one in government has the political will to do something about it.