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Fernie Adaptive Snow Program student Neava Thomson and enthusiastic instructor Alina Jackman. (Courtesy of Debbie Zammit)

Fernie adaptive ski program set to return, seeking new instructors

The program helps to get differently-abled people out out into the snow

Fernie Adaptive Snow Program student Neava Thomson and enthusiastic instructor Alina Jackman. (Courtesy of Debbie Zammit)
Kort Kisinger and Jock Michael of the Fernie Ghostriders line up for a face off at a home game against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Nov. 26, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ghostriders head for three-game stretch to end 2021, spectator capacity limited again

Victories in the next two games against Kimberley could bump them up in the division rankings

Kort Kisinger and Jock Michael of the Fernie Ghostriders line up for a face off at a home game against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats on Nov. 26, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. To the south of the development (top left of image) lies the Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of gallowaylands.com)

Residential development proposed for Galloway Lands, local organizations push back

If land use amendments approved, the development could see up to 75 residential lots

The Galloway Lands proposed residential development map. To the south of the development (top left of image) lies the Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of gallowaylands.com)
Michelle Nelson, bookkeeper and kids buyer at Edge of the World, holds up the two grand stocking prizes for the first ever ‘Decorate Our Tree Draw’ Christmas ornament contest, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20 in 2021. Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Ornament tournament for Christmas

Participants of all ages brought in handmade ornaments from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20.

Michelle Nelson, bookkeeper and kids buyer at Edge of the World, holds up the two grand stocking prizes for the first ever ‘Decorate Our Tree Draw’ Christmas ornament contest, which ran from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20 in 2021. Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Anna and Katya Choroszewski were busy delivering newspapers and Christmas cards to 55 people on Dec. 16, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Merry Christmas from Anna: Fernie kids deliver Christmas cards with newspapers

Anna Choroszewski and her older brother Tim included cards with their newspaper deliveries last week

Anna and Katya Choroszewski were busy delivering newspapers and Christmas cards to 55 people on Dec. 16, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Gary the Cat is a social media star, with an Instagram account dedicated to his outdoor exploits called ‘greatgramsofgary’ at around 431,000 followers. The account is run by his owner James Eastham. The pair were at the Fernie Alpine Resort on Dec. 20, 2021, as part of a larger social media ambassadorship tour of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fluffy Instagram star Gary the Cat hits FAR for a tear

Gary and his human, James Eastham, were touring RCR resorts on a social media campaign

Gary the Cat is a social media star, with an Instagram account dedicated to his outdoor exploits called ‘greatgramsofgary’ at around 431,000 followers. The account is run by his owner James Eastham. The pair were at the Fernie Alpine Resort on Dec. 20, 2021, as part of a larger social media ambassadorship tour of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Friday warning of up to 30 centimetres of snow potentially falling on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie area could get up to 30 cm snow dump this weekend

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement on Friday warning of incoming snowfall

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Friday warning of up to 30 centimetres of snow potentially falling on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Fernie Community Choir members during a past Christmas concert. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Christmas choir concert returns to Fernie’s Holy Family Church

The Fernie Community Choir will be performing their Christmas concert on Friday

Fernie Community Choir members during a past Christmas concert. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press
Red Apple store manager Stacey Bickford alongside employee Olivia English. The store’s Christmas Toy Drive wrapped up on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie Red Apple Christmas toy and gift drive wraps up, kids see the Clauses

The annual toy drive concluded on Saturday while families took pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

Red Apple store manager Stacey Bickford alongside employee Olivia English. The store’s Christmas Toy Drive wrapped up on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Fans tossed teddy bears and other winter-wear onto the ice of the Fernie Memorial Arena for the annual Teddy Bear Toss after a goal by Ghostriders’ Dayton Nelson (#15) in the second period on Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Two wins and a Teddy Bear Toss for the Ghostriders over the weekend

The Fernie Ghostriders sit at third place in their division after the weekend wins

Fans tossed teddy bears and other winter-wear onto the ice of the Fernie Memorial Arena for the annual Teddy Bear Toss after a goal by Ghostriders’ Dayton Nelson (#15) in the second period on Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
A new program from Uplift Association to keep kids active on no-school-days uses space at the Fernie Elks Hall for their morning activities. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

New program helps keep kids active on no-school-days

The program is run by Uplift Association, a new group that provides child and family services

A new program from Uplift Association to keep kids active on no-school-days uses space at the Fernie Elks Hall for their morning activities. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Excitement was in the air as the first skiers of the 2021 season at the Fernie Alpine Resort prepared for the launch of the first lift on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. From left: Jeff Johnson, Will Johnson, Ross Frazier, Greg ‘G-Money’ Barrow. Behind Barrow is Rick Leeks. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

FAR opening day kicks off with heavy snowfall, hundreds at Timber Chair

Excitement and snow were in the air as people lined up for the first tear of the season

Excitement was in the air as the first skiers of the 2021 season at the Fernie Alpine Resort prepared for the launch of the first lift on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. From left: Jeff Johnson, Will Johnson, Ross Frazier, Greg ‘G-Money’ Barrow. Behind Barrow is Rick Leeks. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Lina Campisi and Maria Scarpelli making spaghetti sauce during the Catholic Women’s League’s 2020 Italian Christmas bake sale. (Courtesy of Rosanne Anselmo)

‘It’s a fun time’: Italian bake sale brings sweets for Christmas

Funds raised through the sale will go towards Catholic Women’s League initiatives

Lina Campisi and Maria Scarpelli making spaghetti sauce during the Catholic Women’s League’s 2020 Italian Christmas bake sale. (Courtesy of Rosanne Anselmo)
File photo of an avalanche.

Avalanche danger heightened this weekend: ‘If there’s enough snow to ride, there’s enough snow to slide’

The incoming heavy snowfall and icy crust make the mountains more avalanche-prone

File photo of an avalanche.
Marianne Agnew was playing a ukulele and wearing Christmas attire while volunteering for the 2021 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign at Eldho’s Your Independent Grocer. She volunteered through Mountainside Community Church. It was the first year a tap-option was available for Fernie kettles. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fernie Christmas Kettle Campaign ongoing

There are three kettles around Fernie, two of which have a tap option

Marianne Agnew was playing a ukulele and wearing Christmas attire while volunteering for the 2021 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign at Eldho’s Your Independent Grocer. She volunteered through Mountainside Community Church. It was the first year a tap-option was available for Fernie kettles. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

FAR opening day set for Saturday, Dec. 11

The original date of Dec. 4 was pushed due to rainy and mild weather conditions

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Fernie Memorial Arena. File photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘Nice to start getting back to normal’: Fernie arena back to full spectator capacity

Interior Health announced the lifting of the regional COVID-19 order on Nov. 30

The Fernie Memorial Arena. File photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘We’ll see you on the mountain soon’: FAR eyes Saturday for new opening day

The opening day for the winter season was pushed last week due to rainy and mild conditions

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The snowy view from FAR’s Lizard Bowl at 1680 metres seen at 11:20 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2021. Photo posted for FAR’s Snow Report. (Image from Fernie Alpine Resort)

The Griz has arrived: Fernie carpeted with snow over the weekend

The Weather Network is predicting a major pick-up come the weekend of Dec. 10

The snowy view from FAR’s Lizard Bowl at 1680 metres seen at 11:20 a.m. on Dec. 6, 2021. Photo posted for FAR’s Snow Report. (Image from Fernie Alpine Resort)
Emma Dressler, the library director at the Fernie Heritage Library, holds a stack of books from author Steven Heighton, who is the featured writer for the first in-person Booked! event in the library space since COVID. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘Really excited’: in-person Booked! events at Fernie library are back

The event will feature a conversation between authors Steven Heighton and Angie Abdou

Emma Dressler, the library director at the Fernie Heritage Library, holds a stack of books from author Steven Heighton, who is the featured writer for the first in-person Booked! event in the library space since COVID. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)