A small ski hill in the US Midwest is set to re-open this winter, indirectly thanks to the coronavirus.

Paul Bunyan Ski Hill in Northern Wisconsin shut down in the mid-1990s but the family who own the land have wanted to re-open the slopes for the past decade.

Speaking to Fox 11 News the Kerscher family who own the area said that the drop off in business caused by the pandemic in spring and summer gave them the time to focus on renovating lifts and clearing overgrown ski slopes to bring the ski hill back to life.

The family purchased the hill, which has a T Bar and rope tow lift, in 1986, but it closed again in 1995 and has been closed ever since.

The family spent over 1,000 hours working to clear the ski hill through the summer and brought in engineers to check the lifts were back up to scratch. They hope to re-open the hill by Christmas.