Dangerous snowpack closes lifts

Extremely high avalanche risk meant that Fernie Alpine Resort had to close almost all of its lifts last week.

Extremely high avalanche risk meant that Fernie Alpine Resort had to close almost all of its lifts last week.

Following a significant amount of heavy, wet snow, the resort decided to close all of the lifts apart from the Mighty moose, The Elk Chair and The Mini Moose on Friday.

The resort brought in extra avalanche control crews and helicopters to release avalanche bombs, in the hope of making the terrain safe.

“We had historic snowfall in the last two weeks, and our staff worked really hard to clear as many areas as possible,” said Matt Mosteller, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR).

“The team was just givin’ er with all they had to make it safe.

“The most important thing to us is the safety of our guests and staff.”

On Thursday last week a large natural avalanche occurred at Snake Ridge within the resort boundaries at about 3 p.m. The area was closed to the public at the time.