It’s almost here. As long as the weather cooperates, the opening day of Fernie Alpine Ski Resort (FAR) will be Saturday, December 1.
“Mother nature is hard at work,” said Matt Mosteller, VP of Marketing and Sales at Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. “We could absolutely use more snow, as always, but we’ve had some good snowfall and it’s looking like we’re still tentatively planning to open on December 1.”
2012/2013 is shaping up to be another big season at Fernie’s ski hill. As always, FAR is putting on an event almost every weekend, with one old favourite making a comeback this winter.
“For the community, I think one of the biggest events that’s near and dear to our hearts is the return of free ski,” said Mosteller. The Jeep Junior Free Ski tournament will be making a stop in Fernie from February 21 to the 24.
Mosteller added, “It’s what I call the pinnacle of free ski events in Canada, the best of the best. It also features a lot of great athletes coming up from the States for it as well.”
Fernie classics like the Dummy Downhill, Cardboard Derby, PPP and season-ender Fernival will be back for another year. Keeping the residents of Fernie in mind, FAR is also working on a few new events for the season.
“We’re working hard to get a private showing, or a community launch of the Kokanee movie,” said Mosteller.
The promotional Kokanee movie was filmed in Fernie earlier this year.
In addition, with the help of community member Dave Ellis, Ski-Cross Canada, and the Fernie Alpine Ski Team, FAR will host a ski-cross NOR-AM Cup in the spring.
While the opening day has yet to be set in stone, the crew at the hill is hard at work getting ready for another season of skiing and boarding in Fernie. “We’re preparing the snow surface, we’re getting the slopes ready to open, and mother nature should come to the party at least a few more times to provide us with a bunch of cheer,” stated Mosteller. “The most important part of it all is the community of wonderful people sharing their passion for the mountains together that always makes the ski season so special in Fernie.”
For updates on opening day and the snow conditions, visit www.skifernie.com.