Bikers line up at the Elk Chair to get a start on the first day of Fernie Alpine Resort's summer season.

A start to summer at Fernie Alpine Resort

Opening day at Fernie Alpine Resort on Saturday, June 27 welcomed hikers and bikers.

The hill was alive with the sound of hikers and bikers enjoying the start of Fernie Alpine Resort’s (FAR) summer season on Saturday, June 27.

For two weeks, trail crews were working to ensure FAR would be ready for its opening weekend by shoveling out remaining snow, weed whacking alder to improve sight lines and tending to trails for basic dirt work.

“Fernie Alpine Resort opening weekend started off real hot [and we were] stoked to see all of the mountain bikers who came out not only for the downhill mountain bike riding season but as well many cross country riders coming thought Mount Fernie Provincial Park and connecting to base area at the resort,” said Matt Mosteller, Senior VP Marketing & Resort Experience, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

Bikers were excited to get their wheels on fresh trail work at the bike park.

Amongst the season’s additions was fresh dirt work on upper Rumplestumpkin, Eville, Duff Dynasty and Mr. Berms, the first phase of the new Neverland trail, a new exit off Will Power and new berms and jumps added to Top Gun (with more on the way).

For hikers wanting to enjoy the scorching summer weather in the mountains, access to Polar Peak and the ridge were a huge draw.

Mosteller added that FAR’s Aerial Park and Zip Line was a “great way to spend fun time with friends and family.”

The 2015 summer chairlift schedule will see the Elk Chair in use daily from 10:30-4:30 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Thursdays while the Timber Chair will be accessible on weekends and statutory holidays from 10:30-4:30 p.m.

Summer operations will continue at FAR until Sunday, September 6.