October 23, 2019 - For Immediate Release – The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass owns the Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill in Blairmore. Currently, the Ski Hill is operated through an operating agreement with the Pass Powderkeg (PPK) Ski Society. The Society voted at their September 26, 2019 Society Meeting to change their governance structure, transitioning away from being an operating board. This change would take effect on November 1, 2019 in advance of the 2019/2020 Ski Season.
The Municipality and the Society have had ongoing dialogue on their structure and are both in agreement that this change would be mutually beneficial. The Municipality received correspondence from the Society on October 3, 2019 indicating that they wish to pursue an early termination of the operating agreement and move to a new structure where they will continue to provide service to the Ski Hill as an advisory board. The Society writes that:
the Society believes that the operating agreement no longer actually describes our actual working contribution to the ski hill given that the operation of the facility has significantly grown in complexity since the time the agreement was made. This discrepancy has resulted in role confusion and unclear organizational authority structure. We believe the facility will be better served by its formalized integration into the Municipality’s administration structure as a stand-alone recreational facility. The society doesn’t wish to sever its relationship to the ski hill or the Municipality, in fact, we wish to increase our contribution to the facility [in this new advisory role]
At the October 22, 2019 Council Meeting, Council discussed and agreed to the early termination request from the Society. Therefore, on November 1, 2019 the Municipality will assume operation of the ski hill in a similar manner as our other recreational facilities like the Crowsnest Complex and MDM Community Centre and the Society will be transiting into a new capacity to support the success of the hill. There will be no change to current and proposed 2019/2020 staffing levels or to the operational plans for the year. The Ski Hill Manager, seasonal and term employees that are in place will remain in their roles.
The Municipality wishes to thank the society for their dedicated service to the hill over the years, and we look forward to working with them in this new capacity.