Downhill Ski Hills Seek Ontario Government Changing Decision on Closure

Ski Hill Closure hits Mount Baldy and Loch Lomond hard
Ski Hill Closure hits Mount Baldy and Loch Lomond hard

Thunder Bay – Alpine skiing in Ontario is closed down as part of the provincial lockdown to eliminate the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

Ontario is apparently the only province that has closed ski hills. Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta hills and resorts are open, and following strict COVID-19 protocols.

Sunshine Village in Banff is restricting the number of people allowed on the mountain.

Here in Thunder Bay, both Mount Baldy and Loch Lomond are currently closed. Nordic skiing places like Kamview Nordic is open.

The move has put downhill ski hills in Ontario behind a serious financial eight-ball. Losing the holiday ski business isn’t something easily replaced. The $20,000 promised to Ontario businesses likely won’t cover the losses in revenues for these seasonal businesses.

Asking the Ontario Government for the science behind the reasons for the hill closures, when Nordic Ski areas are allowed to remain open brought this comment from Dakota Brasier, the Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary for Lisa MacLeod Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries tells NetNewsLedger, “As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, imposed a province-wide shutdown as of Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

“There are several public health measures and restrictions in place across sectors to reduce the risk of transmission and prevent outbreaks of COVID-19, including the closure of ski hills,” Brasier adds. “All the measures being undertaken by the government are designed to limit the risk of transmission, reduce mobility between different regions of the province for non-essential activities, and position Ontario to reopen with an improved and more stable health system and public health system. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts will evaluate the impacts of these measures throughout the 14 days in Northern Ontario and 28 days in Southern Ontario to determine if it is safe to lift any restrictions or if they need to be extended”.
Ski hill operators in Ontario are looking to change the Ontario Government’s decision on their closure. Many skiers too are wondering how come their winter sport has been shuttered.