Monster tricks and competition at FAR

It was hard to look at the ski hill at night without noticing the large Monster Energy logo displayed at the top of the mountain.

FAR hosted the Monster Energy Boarderstyle event on Mar. 18 and 19

It was hard to look at the ski hill at night without noticing the large Monster Energy logo displayed at the top of the mountain. The decoration was to celebrate the Monster Energy Boarderstyle event that took over Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) over the weekend.

Thirty-seven competitors – 30 men and seven women – participated in the event. Many of the top riders were professional snowboarders and a few came from Whistler to compete for the prize money and invitation to the finals. Local rider, Jordan Howard finished the competition in fourth place.

“The Men’s category was tough as we had some pro riders from Whistler come out for the event, but local rider Jordan Howard was able to make it into the finals. For the women’s we had a strong local contingent come out and give some of the guys a run for their times,” said FAR event coordinator, Jeni Pearson.

The event took place on the modified ski cross course under the Deer Chair and was well attended by the public.

“Spectators were loving the event. It’s so unique that it was something different to take in. The two main places where spectators watched from were the skim pond and the main feature jump at the end of the course,” Pearson said.

According to Pearson, the most exciting portion of the course for riders and viewers was the skim pond.

“People were loving the skim pond – both competitors and spectators.   Having that part way down a course, rather than just a stand alone pond event, was different and unique,” she said. “Competitors were also loving the chance to show off their skills on the feature jump at the end.”

The course will be taken down and will return to the ski cross course.

“As this was a custom designed course for the race the features will be removed,” said Pearson. “Anyone interested in riding the course will just have to sign up for next year.”

Pearson and the FAR team could not have done the event without the help from Monster Energy, the competitors and the fans and they look forward to hopefully bringing the event back next year.

“Huge thanks goes out to Monster Energy and all the competitors that came out for the event,” she said. “Being the first year of the event it’s great to see the support and momentum we gained. We can’t wait to use that foundation to make the event in 2017 even better.”


Just Posted

Fires highlight need for more volunteers

Short-staffed volunteer fire departments in Elk Valley, South Country rely on mutual aid

Motorcyclist grateful to be alive, thanks fellow drivers

Over a dozen people stopped to assist Lori Hann after she tumbled off her bike on Hwy 3, Saturday

Local athletes ready for BC Summer Games

Twenty-four athletes from the Elk Valley and South Country will compete at the 2018 BC Summer Games.

GearHub staff staying positive after fire

Sporting goods store to fully reopen by end of July

UPDATE: New lead narrows the search for Serval cat

UPDATE, July 17: A new lead has narrowed the search for Aquila… Continue reading

BC Games’ Athletes Corner: What’s your favourite pump up song?

Check out what’s playing in the earbuds of BC Summer Games athletes before they compete

The Free Press editor wins awards

Editor Phil McLachlan has been recognized at the 2018 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

BC Wildfire update on Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

UPDATED: Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model: AP source

Source says former personal lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded discussion prior to 2016 election

Most Read