Jikke Stegeman-Gyorki and Will Barbour of Tourism Fernie

Fernie marks 50 years of skiing

A week of events in downtown Fernie and at Fernie Alpine Resort celebrated ski people and culture.

  • Mar. 27, 2012 4:00 p.m.

A week of events in downtown Fernie and at Fernie Alpine Resort celebrated the people and culture that have developed in Fernie since the establishment of Fernie Snow Valley ski hill in 1962.

Panel discussions last Thursday and Friday highlighted the industry experts that live in and visit Fernie – from the cat skiing pioneers at Island Lake Lodge and Fernie Wilderness Adventures, to the avalanche control work of Dave Aikens, who has been part of the avalanche team at Fernie since 1979.

Visiting journalists from Ski Canada magazine and National Geographic were joined by Fernie local photographer Henry Georgi to give an insight into ski media and how social media and technology is changing the way they report ski culture.

Mayor of Sun Peaks resort municipality Al Raine spoke on the future of resort management and development.

Edge of the World store owner and snowboard expert Greg Barrow was joined by Cranbrook-based ski designer Sheldon Decosse to discuss the future of ski and snowboard brands.

Ski Canada also held its annual ski test on the slopes of Fernie Alpine Resort, where ski experts tested and reviewed the latest 2013 equipment, which will be featured in the magazine’s annual ski test edition later this year.

Friday saw the inaugural Fernie Ski Wall of Fame presentation ceremony to honour pioneers, builders and sports leaders who have contributed to ski culture and achievement.

Friday night saw downtown Second Avenue closed off for a street party hosted by Tourism Fernie and the City of Fernie including a community-sized birthday cake and entertainment provided by Fernie-based band Red Girl and Rossland band 5 Horse Death.

The week of events closed Saturday night with a kids’ glowstick parade during night skiing on the Mighty Moose, a firework display, plus a special tribute by Fernie Ski Patrol who set the number 50 to burn in red flames on the mountainside.

 

Just Posted

Sushi, sake and silk kimono

“The Kimono of Ichimaru” opening night at Fernie Museum attracts sellout crowd

Mexico-bound Tour Divide riders complete first day, pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

Convicted B.C. child abductor Randall Hopley back in custody, 6 months since release

Correctional Services Canada could not provide further details due to privacy concerns

New society to spearhead ramp building project in Fernie

Gracie Lou Foundation launches to make Fernie more inclusive; ramp building event slated for June 22

GALLERY: Week-long Coal Miner Days a huge success

Skate jam set to become a permanent fixture of Coal Miner Days; other events well attended

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Elk Valley Bulls RFC reclaim Kootenay Cup

Elk Valley beats Cranbrook 7-5 to win Kootenay Cup; team off to provincials in September

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

LETTER: British Columbia’s forest industry crisis being made worse

Andrew Wilkinson warns of regulatory overload by John Horgan’s NDP

Bears have killed 17 people in B.C. since 1986

Number of bear complaints and bears killed rose sharply during same period

Most Read