Mont Chilly | Outside Magazine
The 83-Year-Old Who Operates a Ski Hill By Himself
Lift tickets for $20, hot dogs for $1.50, and no snow-making machines. Quebec’s Mont Chilly is a true old-school ski mountain. Built and operated by 83-year-old Larry Hernberger, Mont Chilly has been in the Hernberger family for three generations since they emigrated to Canada from Europe after WWII. They only power up the handmade T-bar lift if there’s good snow, and at least 10 skiers are ready to go. There are only 460 feet of vertical and four runs (named 1, 2, 3, and 4), but there is a surprising variety of terrain and it’s usually covered in deep snow. Photographer John Rathwell, who was there for opening day in February, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at this unique ski hill.
Photo: Larry Hernberger, the 83-year-old owner and operator, looks up at the ski hill in Mansfield-et-Pontefract, Quebec from his lodge at Mont Chilly.
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