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Revelstoke council supports bid for Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum

Claire Dickey at Mount Revelstoke ski jump, 1942. - Earle Dickey/Revelstoke Museum & Archives
Claire Dickey at Mount Revelstoke ski jump, 1942.
— image credit: Earle Dickey/Revelstoke Museum & Archives

This is an update on the original story posted on Monday. For context and background, see the original story below.

Revelstoke city council has unanimously backed a bid to host the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum here.

"It's a great thing for Revelstoke," said Coun. Tony Scarcella when introducing the concept at council's Feb. 28 regular meeting. He said the Century Vallen building was 1,000 square feet more than the 4,000 required.

"At this stage it's just a proposal," said Revelstoke economic development director Alan Mason, who presented the plan to council. Mason said feedback from members of the business, arts and tourism communities had been very positive. "People think it's a great idea – it would be a real feather in our caps if we could attract this."

Mason said if Revelstoke was selected, a business plan would be developed and the operator of the museum would have to be determined. "At the moment we're just expressing interest," Mason said.

"So we're a long ways from taking the skis out of my basement?" joked mayor David Raven.

Coun. Steve Bender felt the museum could be an "unbelievable boon" to Revelstoke, but worried offering the Century Vallen building wouldn't be putting Revelstoke's best ski boot forward. He alluded to serious competition from other heavy-hitter ski communities and wondered about a better proposal than a vacant storefront.

In the end, council unanimously approved the plan to make a run to host the museum.

Original story posted on Monday, Feb. 27

Revelstoke city council will decide whether to approve a bid to host the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum at their Feb. 28 meeting.

Currently, the museum is located in Ottawa, but it has ceased to operate and the museum is looking for a new home.

The Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum is looking for expressions of interest from communities for the new location.

Revelstoke economic development director Alan Mason is proposing submitting a package, with the proposed location being the Century Vallen building, the former storefront next to the Revelstoke fire hall. The property is owned by the City of Revelstoke. The city also recently purchased the residential property next to the Century Vallen building.

At this point there are no financial implications for the bid, Mason said in a report to council – he’s just looking for council support for the concept.

If museum officials consider locating the museum here, Mason said there is a business plan developed that would allow for no net cost to the city.

Check back to www.revelstoketimesreview.com after the Feb. 28 meeting to learn of any developments.

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