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Big Ben opens

By Nick Seebruch

Published on January 3, 2019

The sign at Big Ben Ski Centre.

CORNWALL, Ontario - The City of Cornwall announced that Big Ben Ski Hill was open for the season on Jan. 2.

For opening weekend, the ski hill is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Starting Monday, Jan. 7, Big Ben returns to it's seasonal operating hours, opening from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Big Ben's future was in question in 2018 because of Cornwall City Council's reluctance to provide funding to the ski hill operator, Leader Sports. Leader Sports eventually elected not to continue to operate the ski hill for the City.

In September, Council voted to provided $80, 000 to Paris Holdings, the owner of Big Ben to operate the ski hill for 2019.

The motion had narrowly passed, as some Council members felt that the City should not be subsidizing a private business.

For more information about visiting Big Ben this season, call 613-933-6377 or email skibigben@gmail.com.