New lift at Fernie Alpine Resort

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to enjoy the biggest vertical in the Canadian Rockies this winter, with a new lift at Fernie Alpine Resort.

  • Sep. 1, 2011 2:00 p.m.

 

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to enjoy the biggest vertical in the Canadian Rockies this winter, with a new lift at Fernie Alpine Resort.

The new lift will take skiers and riders to the top of Polar Peak, giving the resort 3,550 vertical feet and the most ski runs in the Canadian Rockies.

“The spectacular Polar Peak Lift will add onto the already incredible vertical at Fernie Alpine Resort,” said Matt Mosteller.

“Combine this with over 2,500 acres of terrain over five alpine bowls, the deepest snow in the Rockies and a year-long celebration commemorating 50 years of legendary skiing and riding and you have a ski destination not to miss this winter!

With Fernie regularly laden with the deepest snow in the Canadian Rockies, this past winter was no exception with a near record snowfall of over 37 feet!”

Once the snow was cleared, Fernie Alpine Resort, began construction of the new Polar Peak Lift, to be finished in time for the 2011/12 winter ski season.

The Polar Peak lift is the only major new lift installation in the B.C. Rockies for this winter and one of a few new lift installations in North America. It is believed that it is the only new lift installation going to a mountain top for this upcoming winter.

“The Polar Peak Lift is an incredible addition to the legendary Fernie experience,” said Mosteller. “This lift will provide spectacular views of peaks, valleys and lakes from Lake Koocanusa in the Southwest to the spine of the Canadian Rockies looking up the Elk Valley all the way into Kananaskis Country/Banff National Park.

“Polar Peak Lift is taking lift access skiing and riding to the next level, putting Fernie at the top of any skiers’ and riders’ bucket list.

The Polar Peak Lift adds 22 runs above tree-line, offering skiing off the summit of one of the highest peaks in the Lizard Range.

In addition to the increased terrain, increased vertical and summit experience is the significant enhancement to our snow control efforts,” said Mosteller. “The Polar Peak Lift provides quick access to the various ridge-lines above the major alpine bowls.

“This quicker access for Ski Patrol will speed up efforts to open up terrain following the regular snowfalls Fernie Alpine Resort receives.”

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