The Ski Club is talking with the County about ways to partner — the Ski Club wants water and needs more income, and the County wants economic development opportunities. The main reason the Ski Club is talking with the County now is because the Ski Club’s finances, and the viability of the ski hill under the current business model, are not good. The County would like to hire a consulting firm (at no cost to the Ski Club) to evaluate opportunities to further a partnership between the Ski Club and the County, to include options to increase activities on the hill, help to bring potable and non-potable water up to the hill, and other ways to help the local economy through development at the ski hill. Before the County spends money on the consultants, they want assurances from the Ski Club that the club membership is willing to consider options — they don’t want to spend money evaluating options and then have ski club membership say no to any change.
So, the Ski Club will be sending out a ballot via mail to all Ski Club members (if you bought a season pass last year, you are still a member and will receive a ballot) asking for permission to move forward with the County in hiring a consultant to evaluate options. Essentially, this vote needs to indicate that Ski Club membership is willing to consider new ideas. The Board wants a majority of voters to support moving the discussion with the County forward before it gives the County the green light to proceed.
It is really important that you return the ballot and support the request. (Believe it or not, there are some people who think the Ski Hill doesn’t need to change even though it is facing bankruptcy if it does nothing.) It doesn’t bind the Ski Club in any way and it will give us all an opportunity to consider ways to make Pajarito an even better place for our families for the long term. If there are opportunities identified by the consultants, Ski Club membership will have to approve them before anything would actually change or happen in the long run. I personally think there are many ways that additional activities could be added to the hill (i.e. summer camps, more skiing programs for kids, etc.) that would be big benefits to us without significantly changing the culture and geography of the ski hill.
Please forward this information to other Ski Club members and encourage them to return the ballot, voting yes. If you are not a current member, please consider buying a season pass to become one and at the same time, support and enjoy one of our important outdoor resources.
Thanks for considering this information.