Finance
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

June 29, 2018

Provincial Government Exploring Opportunities for Marble Mountain Ski Resort

As part of its continued commitment to seek opportunities to optimize assets to ensure that they generate an economic benefit for the province, the Provincial Government today announced plans to enhance Marble Mountain Ski Resort as a provincial tourism asset through private sector involvement.

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek private sector interest and will accept proposals for base development, management as well as lease or sale or other potential investment opportunities for the resort. The intention is to maximize the asset for tourism purposes and to see Marble Mountain continue to operate as a ski resort. In any agreement negotiated, government will ensure protection of the ski hill assets now and into the future. A copy of the RFP can be found at www.ppa.gov.nl.ca/gs/report/TenderGS.asp?conRFQ=TCII-2018-001

The Honourable Tom Osborne Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, will be available to speak to media about the RFP at 10:15 a.m. today outside the House of Assembly.

Marble Mountain is the largest ski mountain resort in Atlantic Canada with a vertical drop of 519 metres, 64 hectares of skiable terrain, 39 runs and four lifts, which includes the only high‐speed detachable, quadruple chairlift in Atlantic Canada. Marble Mountain averages 70,000 skier visits annually.

Asset management is a focus of The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador, and this action highlights government’s responsible approach to managing government assets and reducing spending. Other actions include the consolidation of government-owned vehicles; sale of the Hoyles-Escasoni, MV Earl Winsor, two surplus older model water bombers; and the reduction of leased office space across all departments by more than 92,000 square feet since 2016.

Quotes
“Our government recognizes the value of the Marble Mountain Ski Resort as a strategic asset for tourism on the province’s west coast. Through the participation of the private sector, and government’s continued efforts to market the tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Marble Mountain Ski Resort has potential to be a profitable, multi-season tourism destination in eastern Canada.”
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board

“The Marble Mountain Ski Resort is an important part of the tourism industry in western Newfoundland. We are excited about this process as we see private sector involvement resulting in increased opportunities for tourism growth.”
Mark Lamswood
Executive Director Go Western Newfoundland

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Learn more

The Way Forward – thewayforward.gov.nl.ca

Marble Mountain Ski Resort - www.skimarble.com

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Media contacts
Marc Budgell
709-729-2477, 689-0430
marcbudgell@gov.nl.ca

Mark Lamswood
Go Western Newfoundland
709-639-9624, 660-2727
mark@gowesternnewfoundland.com

2018 06 29                                 9:15 A.M.