A ski centre forced to suspend its activities

News 29 January, 2018
  • Photo special collaboration, Olivier Therriault
    Despite excellent skiing conditions, the resort Val Neigette was deserted.

    Olivier Therriault

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    RIMOUSKI | centre de ski de Rimouski in serious financial difficulties to suspend its operations for failing to comply with its agreement with Hydro-Québec for the payment of its electricity bill.

    In spite of excellent skiing conditions this weekend, the clientele of the resort Val Neigette has encountered closed doors because its management fails to meet its commitment to the Crown corporation.

    “We are honest (SIC) and we say to you humbly in the truth…. The electricity has been interrupted (SIC) to the station this week. We concluded (SIC) a payment agreement with Hydro-Quebec before the holidays and unfortunately we have only been able to meet half of our commitment. The holiday season has been more difficult than anticipated. However, be aware of my dear clients that we will work very hard to quickly address the situation, ” said the centre on its page Facebook.

    Two years of setbacks

    The trials and tribulations of Val-Neigette persist for more than two years. In 2016, two creditors of the company, the Company’s Development of the communities of la Neigette (SADC) and the federal business development Bank, have initiated legal proceedings for non-payment. The debt of the ski centre stood at this time at $173,000.

    Last spring, the owner of Val-Neigette, Mathieu Dufour, had tried without success to sell the chairlift and snow cannons in the resort. Mr. Dufour has not been recalled by The Newspaper to explain the situation.

    Many skiers have turned to other centres of the Bas-Saint-Laurent at the beginning of the season since the cottage was not available and his phone had been disconnected, full pre-sale of subscriptions of the season. The alpine club of Val-Neigette, attracting many young skiers, has had to suspend its activities.