09/24/2014 11:39 EDT | Updated 11/24/2014 05:59 EST

Marble Mountain chairlift to be replaced after lightning strike

CORNER BROOK, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador government will spend more than $3.5 million to help a popular ski hill on the west coast replace a chairlift damaged in a fire last month.

A lightning strike caused a fire in the main lift shack at the top of Marble Mountain in Corner Brook on Aug. 8.

The government says it recognizes the equipment is essential for Marble Mountain and winter tourism in the region.

Marble Mountain's two remaining lifts will be operational when the upcoming season opens.

The ski hill says it's also aiming to have the damaged lift up and running this winter.