Conz Memorial Park Jam remembers Connor

Connor Gliege was remembered by family and friends with a fun spirited day at the Wapiti terrain park.

Jake Gliege at the Wapiti ski hill in Elkford

Jake Gliege at the Wapiti ski hill in Elkford

All photos by T. Hynd

Wapiti Ski hill spent the day celebrating a young man friends call the CONZ with a park jam. Connor Gleige, 22, was killed last August while dirt biking on a forest service road near Fernie. Three days prior to his tragic death, the Hosmer/Fernie resident had volunteered to design, build and groom a new rail park at the Wapiti ski hill said event organizer Scott Courtemanche.

“Connor was an amazing kid,” said Courtemanche. “Hopefully we can do him justice today. We added a couple of Connor’s rails (to the park).”

The park is in a new location on the ski hill and has different size jumps than last year.

Approximately 40 tricksters ranging in age from 10 to 35 rode the rails and launched the jumps during the park jam on Saturday, February 22.

Huge prizes included Fernie Wilderness Adventure cat skiing, a Fernie Brewing Co. keg of beer, gift certificates from El Guapo and Mugshots Cafe, gear and gift cards from Gear Hub Fernie, gear from Commit, Edge Of the World Fernie and Boardstiff.