Montreal's biggest man-made skill hill will be free to use this winter

Nov 11 2020, 9:55 pm

Even though November’s 20ºC weather may indicate otherwise, winter is right around the corner.

This year, the City of Montreal is bringing the ski and boarding slopes a bit closer to home and free of charge.

The man-made ski hill at Parc Ignace-Bourget, which used to be offered by Peinte à Neige, will hand the reigns over the city. The park’s hill will have two slopes, one for more experienced riders and a ‘rabbit hill’ for families and little skiers.

The slope is 300 metres long and will have professionals on-site to teach people proper skiing/snowboarding/falling down techniques.

Skiiers and snowboarders are asked to bring their own equipment due to the pandemic,  unlike years past when Peinte à Neige would rent out gear to guests.

“Due to the pandemic, certain elements that we would have liked to integrate will have to wait, such as entertainment and the loan of equipment,” said Benoit Dorais, Mayor of the Sud-Ouest. “As soon as the situation betters, we will be able to rent out equipment and offer entertainment on-site for years to come.”

To ensure safety and health guidelines are being followed, supervisors will be on-site on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. “All physical distancing rules will be carefully enforced,” says the City of Montreal.

The city also says it is considering ways to offer guests a place to warm up, a decision that will be finalized under public health recommendations.

The man-made hill, which offers spectacular views of Mont-Royal, the St. Joseph Oratory, and downtown Montreal, is slated to open “at the end of December, weather permitting.”

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