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FAR delays opening day by five days

The resort’s tentative opening has been pushed to Dec. 10

Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) has pushed back their opening day to Dec. 10 from their original tentative date of Dec. 5.

“For the safety of our staff, guests and community, and based on everything that we know up to this point, we have decided that our opening date will be December 10, 2020,” the resort team announced on Facebook.

The delay comes as BC’s health authorities continue to monitor rising active COVID-19 cases in the lead up to Christmas, with the Provincial Health Office introducing a rash of new orders including discouraging travel and banning gatherings for a two-week period that overlapped the originally planned opening day for the resort.

FAR had stressed in the lead up to the tentative date of Dec. 5 that their plans for the upcoming season have been reviewed by both the Elk Valley Hospital and Interior Health.

“We understand that many of us in our community feel the uncertainty of this pandemic,” said a post made on FAR’s website on Nov. 30.

“We recognize that opening the resort will make some of us anxious and stressed. That is why it is everyone’s responsibility to follow the guidelines that we have put in place, as we all want a long season, and a safe skiing and riding experience.”

Among this year’s COVID-19 protocols, FAR will be monitoring lift capacity and ticket sales, with limited amounts of day passes for sale on high demand days.

READ MORE: Expect lines to be longer at FAR: Resort general manager

Other regulations include required reservations for indoor restaurants, a mandatory mask policy, and the elimination of outdoor shelters and gathering spaces.

For up to date details on opening day as well as a more comprehensive overview of this season’s COVID-19 safety plan, visit FAR’s website.

READ MORE: FAR winter operations released

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