Ryan Bryden peers into the Cedar Bowl earlier this week.

Heavy snowfall at FAR pleases skiers

There were many happy skiers and snowboarders on the slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) this past weekend.

There were many happy skiers and snowboarders on the slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) this past weekend.

Heavy snowfall didn’t cease on Sunday, resulting in 16 cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours. Overall, the mountain received over 18 cm of fresh snow in the past 48 hours and over 40 cm over the past week.

Many eager riders flocked to the hill to enjoy the fresh powder. Nolan and Ethan Gertken travelled from Okotoks, Alta. just for the snow.

“We come here a lot and are down for the weekend,” said Ethan.

“The snow is pretty good today,” said Nolan.

“Well, it’s our first run, but it looks pretty good.  Way better than last year,” added Ethan.

Local Sheldon Dehaan already has multiple days on the hill this season, and is happy with the snow this year.

““I work on the mountain a few days a week. I’m not originally from Fernie but I have been here about 10 years. I bought a house so I live here,” said Dehaan. “This is my seventh time out this year.”

Dehaan was riding with James Higson, a friend who was visiting from his hometown of Pembroke, Ont.

““This will be my first ride of the year, so far so good already hit the powder and fell,” said Higson. “ I follow him, he shows me where all the best runs are.”

Solo skier Michael Halliwell said he was enjoying the morning skiing on Saturday. “I feel good,” he said. “Snow is good, crowds are light, and we have the place to ourselves.”

The hill has benefited greatly from the fresh snow, with all but one lift currently operating. The Polar Peak chair remains closed for the time being. FAR will be open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day with lifts opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 4 p.m.

 

Just Posted

Vehicle stolen from downtown Fernie found torched at transfer station

RCMP are seeking witnesses to the theft of a yellow 2002 Subaru… Continue reading

Rossland council urges minister to kill Jumbo Glacier Resort project

Mayor writes letter panning ski resort on environmental, legal, and economic grounds

Stranded hikers rescued from Mt. Hosmer

On Monday, Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) responded to two hikers stranded… Continue reading

Teck’s water treatment facility on track for 2020 completion

Teck is on schedule for late 2020 for the completion of their… Continue reading

Barry Marchi’s spirits high as treatment in Seattle continues

Barry Marchi’s spirits are high as he continues treatment in the United… Continue reading

River rescue near Fernie prompts log jam warning

The City of Fernie announced at the beginning of August a dangerous… Continue reading

Black Pistol Fire ignites Wapiti festival crowd

Off stage, Kevin McKeown is a calm, collected individual. On stage, he… Continue reading

Clean the house, prep for your next trip: Tips to nix the post-vacation blues

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

Couple could go to jail for taking 88 lbs. of Italian sand

Pair said they didn’t know it was illegal to take the sand, which is protected as a public good

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft: RCMP

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

VIDEO: RCMP unveil new, state-of-the-art forensics lab

The laboratory is expected to handle thousands of forensic services from across Canada annually

Most Read