Mark Oliver Tessaro just sent us a link to the video above, of an unbelievably fun-looking do-it-yourself ski-hill that he and his roommates built in mid-February on their Kensington Market deck.
Says Mark of the hill:
I live with 3 other guys above a used clothing store in Kensington Market and we have a ridiculously large deck. A few weeks ago this meant that we also had a ridiculously large amount of snow on our deck, so we decided to put an end to the fact that there’s no ski-hill in Toronto by creating the Kensington Market Urban Snowpark, with take-off from our roof. So spread the word to all those Torontonians longing for the slopes—turns out all you need is good-old Canadian ingenuity (and, well, some beer) and you can catch some air with the CN Tower in view!
The video––skip to a minute in to pass the photo montage of the hill’s construction––manages to be both inspirational and horrifying at once. Sadly, “the jump is a bit dysfunctional now,” says Mark, “but we are expecting to get it repaired with the next dump of snow.” Good thing that we’re looking at as much as twenty-five centimetres more of the stuff tonight, then.