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April 2018 Issue #65

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Closing Big Ben: A Personal Perspective By Casey Leger

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ith Cornwall City Council voting to discontinue funding for Big Ben, the community will be losing its only official local venue for downhill skiing and snowboarding.

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For Christian Cousineau, the loss of the ski hill will mark the end of a personal era. “I’ve been snowboarding since I was 16,” he says, “and that’s about 29 years.” Cousineau, born and raised in Cornwall, learned to snowboard at Big Ben, and so have his children. Maxim, 8, and Sophie, 6, have each been hitting the slopes with their father since they were 18 months old.

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downhill ski or snowboard will have to travel for about an hour, to Quebec or the States, in order to get their fix. The closing of Big Ben will mark the end of Christian Cousineau’s twentyGreater Cornwall & Areas Community Sportsas Newspaper year tenure an instructor there, but he’ll be just one among the many disappointed athletes who once used the site.

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Cousineau, who is also an instructor at the hill, is a competitive snowboarder who does slope style and bank slalom competitions for fun. As an instructor, he has seen thousands of Cornwall and area kids learn the fundamentals of skiing and boarding at Big Ben. “The facilities are used lots,” he says. According to Cousineau, after the hill closes, those who want to

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Helping kids learn to snowboard has been personally rewarding for Cousineau. “It’s fun to see kids learning their first turns,” he says. “They are happy, and they want you to see what they can do.”

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Christian Boulay with son Maxim-8, and daughter Sophie-6.

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