Former member of U.S. ski team submits bid for struggling Cape Breton resort

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INGONISH, N.S. - A former member of the U.S. ski team wants to buy Ski Cape Smokey from the Nova Scotia government.
The Halifax Chronicle Herald reports Paul Mahre's bid to purchase the struggling ski resort in Ingonish has been approved by the society managing the hill.
Chairman Lee Buchanan says if the former World Cup racer proves he has the funding to back up his plans, the Ski Cape Smokey Society believes the province will sign off on the sale.
The proposal submitted by Mahre said he would turn the hill into a year-round resort, which would include biking trails and rock climbing for summer tourists.
Two new chairlifts would be added to the hill, and an extra storey would be built atop the ski lodge.
The province refused another funding request from the society last year, and the hill remained closed for the second winter in a row.
Buchanan wouldn't say exactly how much the ski hill would be sold for, but he said he would expect it to cost $500,000 to $1 million for someone to buy and renovate the facility.

Organizations: Halifax Chronicle Herald, Ski Cape Smokey Society

Geographic location: U.S., Cape Breton, INGONISH Nova Scotia

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