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.

 

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