MSM welcomed its first skiers to its slopes in 1968, but, interestingly enough, it was developed by Swiss armaments company Oerlikon. It was required to create jobs in Canada in order to do business with the Canadian government.
Mont Ste. Marie hits its peak in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when it opened a hotel and conference center and employed as many as 250 people.
By 1997, Oerlikon had fulfilled its mandate to invest in Canada and sold MSM to Intrawest, which was more concerned about building up its other resort, Mont Tremblant.
The MSM hotel has been vacant for so long now that only a wrecking ball could end its misery.
In 2002, Sudermann purchased Mont Ste. Marie with his brother, Peter.
Location ID #BR0106