Welcome to Ormond, Alberta.
Population: 6,093. Surrounded by an impressive mountain range, Ormond's ski slopes showed promise for a lucrative coal mining venture.
The environmentally controversial nature of the project, however, brought the enterprise to an abrupt stop, which left deep scars on Ormond's landscape and population.
The hollowed summit of Mount Ormond now looms over desolate patches of dead trees.
The abandoned ski facilities still remind the inhabitants of a past that never was.
It is a place of broken promises and devastated nature.
The stale air worsens during winter, when the rough winds drape a heavy blanket of isolation over the bleak landscape.
The town will leave you with a deep sense of peace. Yet, few ever return.
Ormond was once a small, remote ski town with idyllic slopes, but its resort turned obsolete when a deluxe ski village was built on Mount Richards less than two hours away.
Mount Richards offered fresh slopes with luxurious stores and hotels, which crushed Mount Ormond's isolated, decrepit facilities.
The fate of the mountain worsened when a mining project took interest in the coal present at its summit.
The mountaintop was lined by explosives to extract coal seams from under it.
The project caused a public outrage and was stopped midway.
Mount Ormond is now a soulful, deforested graveyard where gangs and teenagers go looking for trouble.
Some people say that the mountain hides a darkness, a bottomless hole from where no one can return.