For those who were hoping that Mont. Glen in Quebec would reopen this winter for the first time since the 2000s, I’ve got some bad news. Ski & Bike Magazine reports that the sale to the former owner of the ski resort, Peter White, announced that he and the seller couldn’t finalize the deal on the final closing date on November 3rd. It is believed that the ski resort has been sold to another private buyer, who will likely keep the mountain as private property.
Peter White released the following statement to Ski & Board Magazine:
“In the two-and-a-half months since this agreement was signed, economic conditions have worsened dramatically. Interest rates have risen and continue to rise, inflation has surged, and there are widespread fears of a significant recession.
Despite my best efforts, under these conditions, it became impossible for me to secure financing to complete the purchase, whether by means of debt or equity. I understand that Le Groupe Maison Candiac has sold Glen Mountain privately.”
Mont. Glen was opened for the first time back in 1960 by Canadian Ski Hall of Fame member and Olympian Bob Richardson and his wife Paula Richardson, who designed and cut the trails. The mountain was initially serviced by two t-bars, but a chairlift was added in the 1962-63 season.
The mountain faced some financial troubles in the seventies, but Peter White and Michael Murray stepped in to run the mountain for the next couple of decades. The Ski & Bike Magazine described that the ski area became“a fun, affordable, challenging and unpretentious ski area with deep roots in the community.”
2004 was its last year of operations under Peter White’s ownership group. It was closed and sold to a private developer who wanted to build real estate on the property, but the municipality disallowed these plans.
A few years later, it was sold to someone who reopened the mountain for one season. He had a bizarre operation strategy: only be open on weekends, sell a maximum of three hundred tickets a day that was exclusively sold online, and operate without having their base chalet offer any food.
Unsurprisingly, this model only lasted a season, and the ski area hasn’t operated since. The most recent owner has used it for cat skiing, and the base lodge became a private residence. With this recent news, it is likely to remain private property for the new owner, which is a bummer for the locals who enjoyed shredding there for decades.