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History

 

Mont Farlagne began operations in January 1969 under the direction of Edmundston Ski Ltd. The hill was built on land owned by the family of its first president, Judge Robert Rice qc. Before its official opening, many steps had been taken to establish the ski hill. Construction had begun in the fall of 1968 following a fundraising campaign in the community. At that time, the trails, lift and lodge had begun to take shape. When Mont Farlagne opened it had four trails: Family, Rice, Casse-Cou and Fraser. The latter was the only one lit for night skiing.

To maintain a steady source of income, Edmundston Ski and Country Club was founded in 1969 and operated until 1984. During these early years, its main activity was the Bar, and around it some activities – including races- were organized. The memberships for the bar were very important revenue for the hill and its status among the community was renowned. As for skiing, in its first year of operation a lift ticket cost $ 8.00 for adults and $ 6.00 for students, the year membership for skiing was $ 110.00.

The mountain was bought in the spring of 2004 by Mr. Jacques Gallant, his wife Jeanne-d’Arc and their children Vicky, James and Ben. They restored the hill to its original splendor.

During the 2008-2009 season, Mont Farlagne celebrated 40 years of operation! 

In August 2015, a group of 13 investors bougth the hill.  Many projects are on the table to have the hill operate year long!


Timeline

1969: Mont Farlagne began operations in January 1969 under the direction of Edmundston Ski Ltd. The hill was built on land owned by the family of its first president, Judge Robert Rice qc. Before its official opening, many steps had been taken to establish the ski hill. Construction had begun in the fall of 1968 following a fundraising campaign in the community. At that time, the trails, lift and lodge had begun to take shape.

Mont Farlagne officialy opens with 4 trails: Couturier, Rice, Casse-Cou and Fraser. This last trail was also open for night skiing.

1972: Night skiing was added on Family and Rice trails. A pony lift was added at the top of the mountain to make access to Expert trail easier. A Bombardier 501 groomer was purchased.

1974: The main lodge was renovated.

1977: A Bombardier 302 groomer was purchased.

1980: We added a double chairlift and 5 new trails : Capri, Demi-Lune, Pentapic, Bon Voyage and La Brayonne which was lit for night skiing.

1983: A Bombardier BR400 groomer was purchased.

1984: The main lodge was expanded and renovated.

1985: We introduced the quad chairs and artificial snowmaking machines. We also added the République trail.

1997: Edmundston Ski Ltd went bankrupt due to accumulated debts and lack of working capital. The mountain was bought by Mr. Jean-Yves St-Onge who kept it in operation for five seasons. Unfortunately, the cost of operating a ski hill became too much for the entrepreneur who had to shut it down for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons.

2004: The mountain was bought in the spring of 2004 by Mr. Jacques Gallant, his wife Jeanne-d’Arc and their children Vicky, James and Ben. They brought the hill back to its original splendor and expect many family gatherings. This NEW Mont Farlagne is open in 2004-2005 and be bigger and better than ever! After all Mont Farlagne – it’s more than a mountain!

2007: Two new trails are added to our mountain. First, a new glade skiing trail is added between to Pente à Jim and the Demi-Lune trails. Also, in rememberance to Jacques Gallant, a trail named "Le passage à Jacques" is added between the Pente à Jim and the Brayonne.

2008: Mont Farlagne celebrates 40 years of operation.

2012: With the 2012 season just around the corner, a new volunteer committee is up and running to help out management with theire many projects.

The new changes include a new glase skiing run, the Republic trail is now under the lights for night skiing and many changes to our snow park.

2015: After 11 years of loyal service, the Gallant family sells the hill. 

                                                          

A group of 13 dynamic investors buys the hill with plans to have it operate year long!  But in the meantime, everyone is invited to buy their season tickets for the upcoming season!

            



by Dr. Radut