In 1965, using fill excavated for the Spadina Expressway, Bert constructed a ski hill on the western edge of the valley. The fill was essentially free and created yet another source of revenue – this time during the winter months.
Here is a video from 1965 showing the operation:
Thanks to Jon Fine for the film.
In order to serve patrons, a temporary building was used as a “Pro Shop”:
Snow-making equipment was also used:
An aerial shot showing the fill after delivery in 1964:
An aerial photo from 1966 showing the ski lift:
The program was run as a private “club” due to zoning regulations, but anyone could join. A ski lift was built and the operation continued through the 1970’s when the land at the top of the hill was sold for development. Bert continued to own several lots at the top of the hill until the late 1990’s.
Several items from The Toronto Star pertaining to the new Ski operations at Forest Valley:
February 26, 1965:
February 1, 1965:
A Ski Report listing conditions for Forest Valley. February 24, 1966:
An invitation to students to visit Forest Valley on a school holiday. February 24, 1966: