Ski hill for sale at $1

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 24, 2010 9:05 am

Yes, that’s true…but with a pretty large asterisk next to that price tag. The government of Quebec is putting the Mont Orford facility on the market. It includes both a ski hill and a golf course. The price tag is literally one dollar…however if you buy it, you have to pony up a $4 million security deposit and a promise to run the facility for five years.

Mont Orford has been losing money for the government since 2007, to the tune of about $2 million a year. They simply want to get rid of it. If you can provide the security deposit, the facility is yours…but the 1,100 acres of land would still be property of the Quebec government.

One of the reasons for poor performance is that the government cannot legally promote and advertise the area with public funds in order to compete with advertisements of private ski and golf facilities.

If no one buys Mont Orford, it will be dismantled and the area will be closed. However, it would still remain part of a provincial park.