Skiing and Snowboarding

Fernie Alpine Resort is looking a little quiet ahead of the December 3 opening, but conditions are looking good so far. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘Everybody keep doing their snow dance’: FAR looks forward to coming season

FAR moves the needle on housing and hiring, preps for Dec. 3 opening

 

Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, of Canada, smiles after her run during women’s moguls finals at the Beijing Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022. Six months after becoming the first Canadian freestyle skier to compete in four Olympic Games, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe is retiring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Four-time Olympian and moguls specialist Chloe Dufour-Lapointe is retiring

30-year-old moguls skier from Montreal won silver at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

 

Fernie local Jay Carter doesn’t let opening a business or delivering kids to school stop him from skiing every day. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

On a mission: Fernie local skis every day of season to prove a point

Jay Carter has skied every day of the 2021-2022 season so far, with only 10 days to go

 

Many high profile areas of the resort have had to close at points this year, due to a shortage of lift operators. (Claire Palmer photo)

Lift operators at Kicking Horse take stand for better pay, working conditions

Lift operators are hopeful that they can get a retroactive wage increase

Many high profile areas of the resort have had to close at points this year, due to a shortage of lift operators. (Claire Palmer photo)
Competitors in the Ski Ballet which took place near the top of the Elk Chair on April 2, 2022, the day of the Fernie Alpine Resort’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Left to right: Guilaume Hinse, Paul Stutz (winner), Jean Francois Helie, Kyle Pollock, Trevor McArthur, Ross Frazier, Marielle Flottat, Kelly McEwen. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

FAR celebrates 60 years: ‘Different to any other ski hill that I’ve experienced’

There were festivities at the Bear’s Den and Griz Bar on Saturday, and a Ski Ballet on the hill

Competitors in the Ski Ballet which took place near the top of the Elk Chair on April 2, 2022, the day of the Fernie Alpine Resort’s 60th anniversary celebrations. Left to right: Guilaume Hinse, Paul Stutz (winner), Jean Francois Helie, Kyle Pollock, Trevor McArthur, Ross Frazier, Marielle Flottat, Kelly McEwen. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Hundreds of people were lined up at the Timber Chair for the Fernie Alpine Resort’s winter season kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin / The Free Press)

Day tickets up, season passes (slightly) down: Fernie Alpine Resort on 21-22 season

FAR’s operations manager shared a snapshot of how the resort was faring for the winter season

Hundreds of people were lined up at the Timber Chair for the Fernie Alpine Resort’s winter season kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Joshua Fischlin / The Free Press)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

FAR extends winter season to celebrate 60th anniversary

2022’s winter season closing date will be April 17 instead of April 10

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A group of Indigenous Life Sport Academy mentors and students in Fernie for a pilot program in town that ran from Feb. 18 to 26, 2022. (Photo by Shannon Sallows)

Program bringing Indigenous youth together for land and community connection comes to Fernie

The program seeks to promote self-expression and play for mental and physical well-being

A group of Indigenous Life Sport Academy mentors and students in Fernie for a pilot program in town that ran from Feb. 18 to 26, 2022. (Photo by Shannon Sallows)
Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

RCR updates COVID policy, masks no longer mandatory for indoor facilities and lifts

Proof of vaccination requirements are also set to be modified on April 8, though not fully lifted

Skiers on the Boomerang Chair at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Canada’s Marielle Thompson celebartes winning a silver medal in women’s ski cross during the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, in Zhangjiakou, China, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s Thompson wins silver in women’s ski cross at Beijing Olympics

Canada’s women drop out of curling contention, men to play for bronze

Canada’s Marielle Thompson celebartes winning a silver medal in women’s ski cross during the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, in Zhangjiakou, China, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Cassie Sharpe pictured at a recent halfpipe World Cup event in Calgary. Photo by Sebastien Berthiaume / Freestyle Canada

B.C.’s Darcy Sharpe joins gold medallist sister Cassie on Canada’s Olympic team

Cassie to defend women’s ski halfpipe title; Darcy named to men’s snowboard slopestyle/big air team

Cassie Sharpe pictured at a recent halfpipe World Cup event in Calgary. Photo by Sebastien Berthiaume / Freestyle Canada
Canada’s Mark McMorris competes during the men’s snowboard slopestyle finals at the Winter X Games on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colo. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times via AP)

Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris captures 10th X Games gold with slopestyle win

The 28-year-old Regina native has now won 21 X Games medals, including 10 gold

Canada’s Mark McMorris competes during the men’s snowboard slopestyle finals at the Winter X Games on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colo. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times via AP)
Snow safety director Tyler Carson checking the snowpack conditions on Red Tree in Snake Ridge. (Courtesy of Robin Siggers)

‘Incredible powder skiing’: FAR conditions looking good for new year

Conditions this year are already turning out to be better than last

Snow safety director Tyler Carson checking the snowpack conditions on Red Tree in Snake Ridge. (Courtesy of Robin Siggers)
The Fernie ski shuttle will operate for free over the holiday period for 2021. (Image courtesy of Tourism Fernie)

Fernie ski shuttle to operate for free over holidays

The shuttle starts off two weeks after the season, but it’s free

The Fernie ski shuttle will operate for free over the holiday period for 2021. (Image courtesy of Tourism Fernie)
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)
Gary the Cat is a popular instagram celebrity, with the famous adventure cat paying a visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and other RCR resorts this past week to mark the start of ski season. (JAmes Eastham photo)

Gary the Cat pays visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

The Rockies favourite adventure cat is doing a tour of RCR resorts this week

Gary the Cat is a popular instagram celebrity, with the famous adventure cat paying a visit to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and other RCR resorts this past week to mark the start of ski season. (JAmes Eastham photo)
One person died on SilverStar Mountain Resort’s back side Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Powder Gulch area. (SilverStar Mountain Resort)

1 person dead at SilverStar ski resort near Vernon; investigation ongoing

One person died Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Powder Gulch area on SilverStar Mountain Resort’s back side

One person died on SilverStar Mountain Resort’s back side Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Powder Gulch area. (SilverStar Mountain Resort)
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)
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)
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)