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Fernie ski shuttle gets going

With reduced capacity due to COVID-spacing, some minor changes have been made

Hot on the heels of opening day last week, the local ski shuttle has started its runs between nine hotels in Fernie and the Fernie Alpine Resort as of today (Dec.16).

Tourism Fernie executive director, Jikke Gyorki said that some changes had been made to stop locations.

“The changes were based on adapting to the health and safety protocols and to allow for a faster loop given reduced capacity,” she said.

“The morning and afternoon shuttle will now be running every 20 minutes, except with the usual hour break over lunch. The evening shuttle has not changed from last year.”

The shuttle has launched in the middle of province-wide public health orders that have acted as a crackdown on travel and tourism-related activities, with the new public health orders discouraging travel and banning social gatherings extedned until Jan.8 2021.

“To say this is a challenging year is an understatement,” said Gyorki.

“We understand our typical visitors are not here currently due to COVID travel restrictions but following much deliberation by the Shuttle Task Force (FAR, City, Chamber & Tourism Fernie) the schedule will remain … and usage and ridership will be reviewed monthly.”

The price of a single ride has gone up to $5, but the cost of a 10-ride booklet remains unchanged at $35 while season passes cost $299. Season passes can be purchased at Resort Guest Services at Fernie Alpine Resort.

Masks are mandatory on the shuttle and seating will be based on spacing singles and household units.

For information on shuttle times and stop locations, visit FernieSkiShuttle.com.

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