A steady stream of hikers and bikers lined up at the Elk Chair on June 27, 2020 for opening day at Fernie Alpine Resort. Photos Paige Mueller/The Free Press

FAR celebrates summer opening

The mountain is now open to hikers, bikers and sightseers who want some terrain to explore

Bikers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts lined up, six feet apart, at the bottom of the Elk Chair on June 27 for Fernie Alpine Resort’s (FAR) opening day for summer operations.

For those familiar with FAR’s usual summer set up, you’ll notice a few things changed this season. Two metre marks are painted on the ground in the plaza, ticket lines and lift lines. Greeters and lifties are wearing masks and face shields and new social distancing measures are in place for the Elk Chair. Riders either go up solo or with other people from their household, with at least one chair spaced between the riders, their bikes, and the next set of riders.

Despite the changes to increase safety, the stoke was high as the first bikers of the season boarded the chair lift. A steady stream of people made their way to the lift throughout the morning to celebrate the opening, ready to hike or bike their way around the mountain.

Although some events at FAR this year will undoubtedly be affected by the pandemic, they will still be hosting their Thursday Night Race Series from July 2 until September 3. FAR will also host The North Face Trail Race Series starting on July 7.

The mountain will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays for race night.

Aside from the chairlift, several other amenities at FAR are also open for summer including the rental shop, the retail shop, guest services, Legends Mountain Eatery, Cirque Restaurant and Bar and the Mountain Pantry.


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A Fernie Alpine Resort staff member helps to load bicycles at the Elk Chair on June 27, 2020 for opening day. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

Members of the same household can ride the chairlift together under new regulations from FAR to combat COVID-19. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

New safety measures are in place at Fernie Alpine Resort to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

People lined up in the plaza to buy seasons passes and lift tickets in order to explore legendary Fernie. Paige Mueller/The Free Press

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