Racers on July 15 and July 16 tackled the Top Gun trail for the SCOTT Downhill Race Series at Fernie Alpine Resort. Photo Submitted

FAR starts new Wednesday night race series for youth

Community appreciation week is also coming up so locals should mark their calendars

Following the massive success of their SCOTT Thursday Night Race Series, Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) has kick started a new race night for youth and kids.

With the wait list for the Thursday night races growing, FAR staff decided to add a brand new race day this summer season. The SCOTT Wednesday Afternoon Race Series was created in “an effort to try and give everyone an opportunity to take part in this fun summer series of racing,” according to the ski hill’s website.

All youth, aged 13 to 17, and kids, aged eight to 12, will now race on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the adults and masters to compete on Thursday night. The race details are the same for both days and the race course will also be the same.

Racing will start at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and will have staggered start times to avoid any crowding at the start area. The first Wednesday afternoon race took place on July 15, with bikers roaring down the Top Gun trail. Races will continue every week until September 2, 2020.

Fernie Alpine Resort has also announced two community appreciation weeks this summer. The first ran from July 20-23 and the second will take place from July 27-30. Special offers will be available to residents of the Elk Valley, including Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford, Jaffray and Elko.

After showing proof of residency, locals can enjoy a complimentary single ride lift ticket up the Elk Chair, 25 per cent off bike rentals, 50 per cent off a full day, twilight, or three lap lift ticket up the Elk Chair and 20 per cent off one main dish at Legends Mountain Eatery.

Residents are only allowed to redeem each special offer one time during the community appreciation dates.

For more information on the community appreciation initiative or on the various race series taking place at FAR this summer, visit their website at Skifernie.com.


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