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January 4, 2013
New $2.3-million ski lift at Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre
The ski and snowboard experience at the City of Toronto's Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre is faster and better, thanks to $2.3-million in upgrades that were unveiled by Mayor Rob Ford today. Mayor Ford along with Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough Agincourt), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, and Ward Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre) cut the ribbon on a brand new quad ski lift at the centre.

“The investment in a new ski lift for Earl Bales is fantastic news,” said Mayor Ford. “The new lift ensures Earl Bales has the infrastructure it needs to remain viable and to improve the skiing and snowboarding experience right here in Toronto.”

This year, participants will reach the top of the hills faster due to a new four-person chair lift that will run in addition to the existing twin chair lift. Night skiers and snowboarders will enjoy a brighter and safer outdoor riding experience with the installation of new lights.

The Earl Bales ski chalet has also undergone considerable change. Rental equipment and lift passes have been made available for purchase all day, even during lessons. A new ticket window will allow staff to process customer requests faster so people can enjoy more time hitting the slopes.

"Torontonians enjoy the rare privilege of having urban ski and snowboard services right here at home," said Councillor Kelly. "I encourage Torontonians to avoid spending money on gas, avoid driving through the never-ending traffic and avoid sharing the crowded hills at resorts outside of Toronto by visiting the City's ski and snowboard centres this winter."

The Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre also has a ski and snowboard school, helmet rentals, high-tech snowmaking equipment, rope tow, a snack bar and a fireplace.

"Recreation sport is a vital ingredient for ensuring that the quality of life in Toronto remains strong and vibrant," said Councillor Pasternak. "This new ski lift ensures that the residents of Ward 10 and residents across Toronto have access to a safe and enjoyable winter skiing and snowboarding experience."

The use of helmets is mandatory at City of Toronto ski and snowboard facilities for participants of all ages in the following groups: school board programs and group participants, instructional program participants, freestyle and ski race program participants and instructional staff, on-hill supervisors and ski patrol members.

More information is available at or by calling 311.

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