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Fernie Alpine Resort opens for the season.

Tomas Green and Aaron Temple get ready for another ride down the muddy terrain. - K. Dingman
Tomas Green and Aaron Temple get ready for another ride down the muddy terrain.
— image credit: K. Dingman

The rain and mud didn’t stop mountain bikers from riding down the slopes yesterday.

Riders, hikers and zip liners made it out to Fernie Alpine Resort for their official summer season opening.

And visitors have a lot to look forward to this season.

“There’s been a good focus on hiking this year and getting those trails signed better for our guests,” Groups Coordinator Karen Pepper said.

The new signage consists of both interpretive signs, showing locals and visitors historical landmarks such as the Ghostrider, and directional signs.

“As a hiker or biker, if you’re in a new place, it’s nice to see a sign every once in a while and know that you’re still on that trial,” Pepper said.

Pepper added that the new signage also shows, “Different aspects of Fernie that are interesting, that someone might otherwise just walk past and not notice.”

“They both (interpretive and directional signs) make the hiking experience more comfortable and…a learning experience too.”

But the signs aren’t all that’s new to the slopes this year.

Fernie Alpine Resort will be hosting a children’s camp-out at Lost Boys Café on July 12.

At the Howl at the Moon Campout kids will take the chairlift to the top of the mountain for dinner, camp games, smores and a sleepover.

“It’s such a fabulous place…it’s got such amazing views,” Pepper noted.

“For kids, it’s a nice, safe place.”

The Elk Quad chairlift is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Timber Express chairlift is open Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Statutory Holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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