Riding Mountain National Park - McCreary, Manitoba, Canada
So much more than just a ski area!
Above... March 7, 2009
SO MANY THANKS TO OUR MEDIA SUPPORTERS IN KEEPING THE "MOMENTUM FOR YOUR MOUNTAINS" FOREFRONT...RICHARD AND KATHY at CJOB. Listen here...
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So when I got home today (January 6, 2015) I get a letter from Parks in Gatineau (Access to Information Office).
They require to be paid an hourly rate to get the information together that I requested under Access to Information! Quite the system yet nevertheless!
They estimate 19 hours...I would estimate much more than that. I’m up to about 145 documents and I haven’t nearly scratched the surface. Many of these documents I would imagine Parks have also so in the end we’ll see how forthcoming the Access to Information works out.
We want everything that has that issue (secured credit) written on it...meeting notes with Bill Fisher (April 16, 2010) balked off the issue in Neepawa. The countless meetings and notes, including those at Clear Lake RMNP offices the morning after that orchestrated meeting take-over in Russell, as well the agreement to forego the terms of Agassiz Enterprises forfeited lease in 2000 will all be expected.
The clash that took place at a Ste.Rose meeting of the East Escarpment Advisory Committee between the Superintendent and the numbered company spokesperson (ironically on the Committee) pretty well said it all. Those meeting notes will be expected also.
There has been too much “held a lease”, “there was no lease”, “we terminated the lease”“returned our lease cheque in 2005”, “returned our lease cheque in 2007”, “I’m out my money. I’ve got nothing left to sell. The assets are worthless”. “The idea that Parks Canada holds the assets is ‘absurd’, and the company is prepared to defend it’s interests and assets in court.”, “As a secured creditor, the numbered company has every right to leave the assets or pick them up at anytime.”, “it’s fair game, but ‘they cannot have our assets.”, numbered company spokesperson “stepped away from it’s million-dollar lease”, and if I was to time-line only those written quotes “ it’s not that we have a problem with another competing ski area, it’s just we will fight it in the courts that none of our assets are used” to re-operate.
This, the same information we've been asking for over 7 years that has been nothing more than contradiction and conjecture. If at all...
Please see WORK IN PROGRESS page for entirety...
Agassiz Ski Area Up-Date - August 2014
Redevelopment Efforts & Process (date correction)...
As many may have heard or read recently in their local media, a call and proposal evaluation process to redevelop Agassiz had been in the works these pass 12 months. For 120 days from the proposal submission deadline (May 30) Parks Canada weighs in on proponent's proposals and arrives at it's successful proponent no later than September 30 (4 months). If a proponent chosen, negotiations commence from that point.
Per any proposals, in order to maintain an even playing field (Terms of RFP), we need remain tight-lipped and low profile at this time. Please feel assured that positive efforts and processes are in the works.
"Sometimes, what appears to be the longer path...can be the shorter path when dealing with unknown obstacles such path may offer" (dynamics).
On behalf of Agassiz Mountain Development Group and it's many passionate supporters we thank you for showing interest and support. It has been such that has been the driver in our efforts to re-establish Manitoba's premier snow-sports destination.
Looking forward to seeing you on the slopes...
MAJOR NEWS ALERT !
CJOB NEWS with Richard Cloutier and Kathy Kennedy - June 4, 2014...
CJOB's Richard Cloutier and Kelly Rose visiting Agassiz site December 2009
Dauphin Herald June 17, 2014
January 14, 2014...Mount Agassiz in Riding Mountain NP had an epic amount of accumulated snow coverage today...2 1/2 feet of un-drifted and light...
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First Steps Commence to Redevelop Mount Agassiz Ski Area
By: Staff Writer
Posted: 08/30/2013 1:00 AM
THE process of reopening Mount Agassiz to skiers and snowboarders is out of the gate.
On Thursday, Parks Canada issued an official request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop the western Manitoba ski area. The hope is that the private sector, working with the national conservation and cultural agency can return the once-vibrant hill at Riding Mountain National Park into a sustainable winter or multi-season recreation destination.
"The multi-season component is different than what the ski area was prior to this," said Richard Dupuis, acting superintendent of Riding Mountain National Park. "In the past, the facility served the winter visitors quite well. We see the beautiful slopes of the Manitoba Escarpment and there's a lot of potential there."
The Mount Agassiz ski area, defined as a commercial ski area under the Canada National Parks Act, opened with a handful of runs in 1961 and went through a series of improvements in the 1970s, including the addition of a chairlift, a day lodge and an expanded trail footprint, thanks to a Canada Winter Games at McCreary, Man. in 1979.
The ski area enjoyed several successful seasons before a sharp decline in business in the early 1990s, forcing owners to close the hill in 2000. The facility has been quiet ever since.
"We have seen interest in the past (before the RFP), and we're confident we'll be able to make the hill viable," Dupuis said.
The RFP window is scheduled to last one year, with submissions accepted through the first nine months of the process. Parks Canada will review submissions and select a suitable proposal in the three months after the deadline.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 30, 2013 A11
Mt. Agassiz Ski Hill Update - July 27, 2013 CKDM Dauphin Radio
Parks Canada hopes to be taking proponents’ ideas for the Agassiz ski area starting this August. Roger Schroeder, Manager of External Relations at Riding Mountain National Park, says it’s taken longer than expected, but they are going full speed ahead. Some people in the McCreary area are upset that the January deadline was missed. Kelly Rose from Agassiz Mountain Development Group says there has been very little communication from Parks Canada, which is hurting the community’s confidence in the Parks’ transparency.
February 9, 2013...The letter below entised me to re-post "Agassiz...A New Perspective":
(very much edited and shortened as we need give very much credit to others also)
"The other day, I stopped at another abandoned home, one of my hobbies, and again, there was a pair of skis in there. There are always skis. Those skis are as much a part of the history of the area as horses. And you (AMDG), are an important part of all of that history. You worked hard to see it re-open. I have read every word you have ever written on the issue and is available on the net. Your efforts and passion were extreme. If that ski hill ever re-opens it is largely because of you (AMDG) and we all know it. There is presently a strong indication that this is to take place. The sources are pretty good and a park announcement is due. Please get back on board. There is no-one else that can do so and keep that in the public eye.
It will be, and there will be funding, and community support, and infrastructure, if the park re-opens the hill. It is not only the hill itself but without it, the area will never work with the park. Their instinct told them that. This area is soon to become the flavor of the month but the communities might be treated with respect this time. When that ski hill reopens, give us a job."
Oh yeah...we're still on board!
In Reflection...CJOB preamble interview at Agassiz prior to live studio chat...recall it is dated from 2009. Where are we now?
Mount Agassiz Surveys Boast Positive Response - Chris Tataryn, Neepawa Press
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