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Five-year-old Melina Davy was excited to see snow machines at work Sunday while she celebrated her birthday on the slopes of Ski Saint-Bruno, just south of Montreal. There were plenty of people on the small ski hill despite the laundry list of new public health restrictions in place. Outdoor sports have been booming during the pandemic, with everything from bicycles to cross-country skis in high demand. Now with restaurants and stores closed in Quebec's red zones, those who can afford the cost of lift tickets and the equipment are turning to skiing and snowboarding to pass the time. Like everybody is wearing a mask and we see them taking precautions to make us feel safe," she said.
The winter holidays are typically a busy time at Quebec ski resorts. This year is a bit different with all the rules — such as wearing face coverings at all times in lines and on the lifts — and there's no hot chocolate served in the lodge. The bathrooms aren't off limits and people can warm up inside briefly, but chairlifts are operating at half capacity with people from different addresses sitting at opposite ends.
Michel Couture, president of Ski Saint-Bruno, said this year has encouraged plenty of new people to try the sport, and also those who usually head south for the winter. Regardless of the returning boomers, profits won't be booming this year. Ski Saint-Bruno has a massive ski school and it's closed for the season as resorts in red zones can't host classes larger than eight people. Though it was first said that equipment rentals wouldn't be available in red zones, that restriction is not in effect. People can rent skis and snowboards, but they must reserve in advance and they can't buy anything as the mountainside shop is closed.
Yves Juneau, of the Quebec Ski Hill Association, says the new rules do make things tricky and his organization is pushing for more provincial support. We see that, and the demand for lessons, but have limited capacity for those lessons," he said. As for the Davy family, they're looking to make the most out of the season no matter the restrictions. They're especially happy to enjoy all the snow up on the hill, made by the machine little Melina loves to see at work. So, it's the only place we can enjoy," said Davy. A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.
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Social Sharing. And her favourite thing about the experience? Others, like Sara Long-Gagne, had the same impression on Sunday. Still, all these changes haven't turned people away. Skiers hitting the slopes despite restrictions Michel Couture, president of Ski Saint-Bruno, said this year has encouraged plenty of new people to try the sport, and also those who usually head south for the winter.
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