Toronto - The City of Toronto invites residents to embrace winter by heading to Toronto’s two ski and snowboard centres. Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre at 256 Centennial Park Rd., and Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre at 4169 Bathurst St. are now open for limited runs.

Both facilities will operate on a special schedule for the holidays, with help from snow-making equipment as required:

December 24 and 31 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 25 - closed
December 26 to 28 - 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
December 29 - 9 .a.m. to 8 p.m.
December 30 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
January 1 to 4 - 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

During the full ski season, the Centennial Park location operates a T-bar lift with three beginner/intermediate runs. The Earl Bales Park location features one beginner hill with a rope tow and three intermediate hills with a double chairlift.

For complete information about the City’s ski and snowboard centres, including when the full ski season starts, call 416-33-TO-SKI (416-338-6754) or visit www.toronto.ca/parks.

Regular hours of operation at both facilities are as follows:

Mondays to Fridays: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Both facilities are operated by Parks, Forestry and Recreation and offer downhill skiing and snowboarding equipment rentals and instructional programs for people of all ages, including private lessons. Limited space is currently available in ski and snowboard programs for the Winter 2008 season. Visit www.toronto.ca/torontofun to check program availability.