A local ski hill is turning to the city to get it through the next few winters.
The Edmonton Ski Club is asking city council for 1.3 million dollars over the next five years, $388,000 of that will go towards running the hill this winter.
Executive director Ken Saunders tells Global News they need the money to keep the doors open.
“We’re really in this situation where unless we get the city funding we cannot continue to provide the services that we do.”
Saunders says this is the first time in the over 100 year history of the club that they’ve asked for funding from city council.
The hill is in use from November to March and sees between 15,000 and 32,000 skiers every season and expects the number of visitors to grow every year by between 5 and 10 per cent.
He says with the Valley Line LRT expected to run through the ski hill and the city still developing the master plan for Gallagher Park, it’s forced the club to slow down plans for expansion.
“The uncertainty of construction timeline, the uncertainty of what the impact will be to the hill plays directly into the ultimate design of the master plan and with limited capacity here, with our very very aging infrastructure we really have done all that we can do to be profitable.”
Area councillor Ben Henderson says news it’s almost the city’s responsibility to help out the club, since they’re the reason the ESC can’t expand.
“I don’t know why we wouldn’t support this one at minimum because they’re not asking for it permanently they’re only asking for it to get through to the kind of larger picture, longer term planning thinking that I think is the right way to approach this question.”
The matter will be before the Community and Public Services Committee Monday.