Closing Big Ben: A Personal Perspective.
With 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.
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.
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.