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Fortress Ski Area closes permanently

post #1 of 13
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"Owners of Fortess Mountain are shutting down...blaming the hill's demise on low turnout and spikes in operating costs. Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. announced the decision [yesterday]" Calgary Herald, Saturday April 24

Fortress was a nice little regional hill in Kananaskis country near Calgary. Lots of powder in good snow years, but not a lot of investment in the lifts or grooming equipment. They opened up about 25% of new expert terrain this year, but were still operating with creaky old equipment. This is the second ski hill that RCR has shut down in the last two years and may reflect some of the debt problems that forced out the orginal owner earlier this year. Other RCR resorts include: Lake Louise, Fernie, and Monte-Sainte-Anne among others.
post #2 of 13
Hopefully someone with their eye a little less focused on profit margins steps up to save it. I learned to ski at Fortress almost 30 years ago and logged about 10 days out there this year, hate to see it disappear.
post #3 of 13
What will happen to the ski indusrty if small, local areas continue to go under? How many first time skiers/boarders are willing to travel great distances to try a new sport that they may not even like? In the 1960s there were a lot of little local hills near large population centers that attracted the first timers. These hills, with modest vertical and lift capacity, fueled the larger resorts hours away, which then fed the destination resorts. Is it any wonder that growth is flat in the ski industry? When will the big players realize that the roots of the industry are dieing and begin to invest in local areas close to urban centers to once again feed the industry?
post #4 of 13
I like to imagine that the small local hill near an urban center could be successful. How I would love to have a Buck Hill, with its legendary race program, nearby?
post #5 of 13
Now that's losing one close to the heart!
Fortress will be missed especially when a "good ole upsloper" is heading their way
let's hope someone else can make a go of her!!
post #6 of 13
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Originally posted by Springhill Crazie:
When will the big players realize that the roots of the industry are dieing and begin to invest in local areas close to urban centers to once again feed the industry?
I think they will realize it when we as skiers begin patronizing the local areas again.

How many of us who live an hour or so from local resorts will drive 8 hours or more, or hop on a plane to ski somewhere with killer steeps, or really deep powder. I am as guilty of it as the next person. The big mountains get the big crowds for big reasons.
post #7 of 13
I can hear Charlie Locke's heart breaking...mine is! When I was coaching in Panorama we went to a few races there....
post #8 of 13
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Originally posted by Ullr:
I think they will realize it when we as skiers begin patronizing the local areas again.

How many of us who live an hour or so from local resorts will drive 8 hours or more, or hop on a plane to ski somewhere with killer steeps, or really deep powder. I am as guilty of it as the next person. The big mountains get the big crowds for big reasons. [/QB][/quote]

Just to clear it up Fortress is about the same distance from Calgary as Sunshine 70 minutes vs 85 minutes and the road to Sunshine is much better. So its or was not a local hill as being closer but in that it was cheaper. Season pass was about half as much and you didn't need a park pass.
post #9 of 13
Sorry I got off topic. I was responding to the local hill aspect of the post. Not bashing anyone, cause like I said I find myself doing it too. If I want to spend a weekend skiing I'll drive a little further to go to Snowshoe than Massanutten. Same thing with a week long trip. Sometimes I'll drive to New England before some of my local resorts. If they close in a few years I'll have no one to blame but myself.
post #10 of 13
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Originally posted by Robin:
I can hear Charlie Locke's heart breaking...mine is! When I was coaching in Panorama we went to a few races there....
Talked to Charlie yesterday, he didn't seem to broken up and was actually skiing. Didn't actually broach the subject of Fortress anyways. It was out of his hands any ways. I totally forgot but I should have told him I could have lived my life without seeing that shot of him in Ski Canada, next time.
post #11 of 13
Sad! I had some amazing powder days on Fortress
post #12 of 13
So what is the latest on Fortress???
Is it really done??

Wondering if anyone heard anything lately...
post #13 of 13
Gone, pending a last minute change of heart like they had last season.
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