Skiing and Snowboarding

Lustenberger getting ready to go down one of the last unskied lines at Rogers Pass on Mt. Macdonald. (Photo by Andrew Mcnab)

Meet Christina Lustenberger — one of Revelstoke’s great skiers

The athlete has many first ski descents throughout B.C.

 

Dogs on duty: Avalanche rescue dog in training Sadie (above) learning about obedience with her owner and handler, Steve Morrison at the Fernie Alpine Resort, and Drift (right) who is FAR’s newest CARDA-certified dog. 
More pictures, story on page 8.

Meet the team: Fernie’s avalanche rescue dogs

There are five avalance rescue dogs at Fernie Alpine Resort

 

Three-year-old Adia Leidums gives her dad a hi-five at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of Erich Leidums)

Fernie toddler wins hearts with adorable skiing pep-talks

Three-year-old Adia Leidums is world-famous after being mic’d-up by her dad as she skis Fernie Alpine Resort

Three-year-old Adia Leidums gives her dad a hi-five at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of Erich Leidums)
Interior Health nurses administer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News)

Big White bumped up in COVID-19 vaccine queue

Some workers at Big White will be vaccinated as soon as this weekend

Interior Health nurses administer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News)
The Vancouver Island Avalanche Centre (VIAC) is gearing up for another season of providing avalanche safety information. Black Press file photo

Black Diamond, PIEPS issue recall for avalanche transceivers

PIEPS said that avalanche incidents in 2017 and 2020 had prompted the recall, but defended the product

The Vancouver Island Avalanche Centre (VIAC) is gearing up for another season of providing avalanche safety information. Black Press file photo
Snowboarders at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in December. The resort said they are focusing on the local market as travel for recreation is not advised. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Provinces launches COVID-19 education campaign for ski communities

The slogan is ‘be the reason we all have a ski season’

Snowboarders at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in December. The resort said they are focusing on the local market as travel for recreation is not advised. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Fernie Alpine Resort.

Campaign launched to tackle COVID-19 at ski communities

The campaign singles out those living and working in ski communities

Fernie Alpine Resort.
(Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)

Big White ties new COVID-19 case growth to ‘unsanctioned Australia Day gatherings’

Positive cases continue to stem from privately managed group housing

(Phil McLachlan/Black Press file)
This “kite” skier floated through the air with the greatest of ease up at Red Mountain on a beautiful sunny day last week. Greater Trail municipalities are reminding residents to stay and play local. Photo: Jim Bailey.

Kite skiing catches air in the Kootenays

The unique sport of kite skiing is growing rapidly and catching on in the Kootenays

This “kite” skier floated through the air with the greatest of ease up at Red Mountain on a beautiful sunny day last week. Greater Trail municipalities are reminding residents to stay and play local. Photo: Jim Bailey.
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FAR kicks off wicked winter events

A number of virtual contests and events are headed Fernie’s way this winter season

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Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)

Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Shuttle use down 77 per cent as travel advisory bites

The ski shuttle in Fernie is reducing it’s frequency to five times a day as a result

The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Edge of the World employee, Tim Wilde, poses with one of this year’s entries. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Edge of the World launches into third-annual Colouring Contest

The popular competition is open to kids 12 and under, with submissions due by Jan. 31

Edge of the World employee, Tim Wilde, poses with one of this year’s entries. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
Children make their way up a closed Whistler Mountain to toboggan in Whistler, B.C. Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Whistler Blackcomb resort which is owned by Vail Resorts shut down operations Saturday due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis taking place worldwide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Whistler snowboarder remembered as ‘stand-up guy’

On Monday, fundraiser supporting Jesse Van Roon’s family reached nearly eight times its $3,000 goal

Children make their way up a closed Whistler Mountain to toboggan in Whistler, B.C. Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Whistler Blackcomb resort which is owned by Vail Resorts shut down operations Saturday due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis taking place worldwide. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

RCR confident in COVID-protocols

FAR remains open to all, but RCR executives encourage compliance with travel advisories

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

RCR confident in COVID-protocols

FAR remains open to all, but RCR executives encourage compliance with travel advisories

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

Fernie ski shuttle gets going

With reduced capacity due to COVID-spacing, some minor changes have been made

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
Michelle Mongey and Chris Davies arrived to the hill early on opening day, with hopes of fresh powdery turns. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Shred-y, set, go: FAR kicks off 2020/2021 season

The resort officially opened at 9 a.m. on Dec. 10, boasting 21 centimetres of freshly fallen snow

Michelle Mongey and Chris Davies arrived to the hill early on opening day, with hopes of fresh powdery turns. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
An old photo of Fernie’s ski patrollers. (File Photo)

FAR ski patrol urges shredders to ride safely

Backcountry, slackcountry, and resort riders are reminded to be cautious when hitting the slopes

An old photo of Fernie’s ski patrollers. (File Photo)