The Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) is preparing for opening day on Saturday (Dec. 3).
The winter opening date is described as tentative on the FAR website (as of Tuesday Nov. 29 morning), saying that, ‘as always, this date is dependent on snow conditions’.
However, given the major snow dump Fernie received over the weekend of Nov. 25, Matt Mosteller of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies said that nature has delivered.
“Mother Nature delivers, with a series of intense storms, one over the past weekend with 36 cm in 48 hrs and another storm in the forecast for Wednesday / Thursday that could also drop another 30 cm — Thank YOU Griz!” Mosteller said in an email to The Free Press.
He said the team is very busy getting ready for opening day on Dec. 3, adding that people should keep an eye on the snow report on the FAR website for the most up-to-date information.
“Fernie Ski Patrol are busy with loads of snow control work. Fernie Ski Patrol also would like to remind people that it is early season conditions and to ski and ride with care.”
The recent cooler temperatures have helped with snowmaking, he said.
“We will have all runs off Elk Chair, Deer Chair and Moose open.”
“The team is busy on the upper mountain with grooming and control work and we would expect the following lifts to be open as well, Timber, White Pass and Bear.”
Mosteller said this is a time to ski with friends and family and to share in the ‘vital tradition’ of opening day.
“We want to thank the community of Fernie, Elk Valley and all who ski and ride with us! We extend a big thank you to our staff and grateful for all hard work they do to get the mountain ready for ski season!” he said.
“This is one of the better openers in recent years and the storm track looks good for more snow.”
FAR’s website lists the opening day hours as 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.