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Equipment dating back to the 1950s, competition from three other ski hills in the area and a lack of city funding made it difficult for the club to stay afloat, Haveruk said.
"There's been built up competition so the small Edmonton Ski Club didn't have money to replace lifts," he said.
The club also received emergency funding six years ago.
The financial struggle has plagued the ski club for years, according to former general manager Lorne Haveruk.
"The potential of that ski area is probably one of the best in Canada for becoming an in-the-city learning facility," he said.
The ski club is included in the city's master plan for Gallagher Park.While the finances were never great, he said he still believes the ski club should reopen.With the Valley Line LRT planned to run through the hill, it would be an accessible option for Edmontonians looking for a way to learn how to ski or snowboard, he said. They know what they're doing, and they do everything for you. "Being a member of It's Just Lunch is like having trusted friends set you up, but even better, because they're professionals.However, the plan will not be finalized until 2019.