As part of the ongoing celebrations of Fernie Alpine Resort’s 50th birthday a reunion of old employees and friends has been organised for Saturday, February 11.
The evening of memories and reminiscing will give people a chance to visit with old ski buddies and co-workers from over the years according to organizer Barry Hulburd.
“We hope everyone will bring their old photos and memories from their early times spent at Snow Valley,” says Hulburd.
When the ski area was in its formative years, from the 1960s through to the 1980s, the staff was small and it was like one big family. Many employees and ski bums from that era ended up making Fernie their home. “We want to have a night to get together, reminisce about those days and have a chance to see everyone’s old pictures,” Hulburd says.
The event is being held at the Fernie Museum from 7 to 9 p.m. As part of the ongoing collection of skiing history in the Elk Valley museum staff will be available to scan photos to add to the museum’s archives. Lori Bradish, co-ordinator of the current ski history display at the museum, says there’s always room for more information.
“We were able to put together a great exhibit with the photos and artifacts we collected over the past six months but we can always add to the archives of the museum,” Bradish says.
The Power of Powder, Tracing Fernie’s Ski Heritage is on display at the museum until the end of April. The exhibit follows the growth of the ski area from its inception in 1962 until today. It also traces the people involved in the ski hill over the years as well as various departments at the mountain including the ski patrol, the ski school and the race club.