Skiing and Snowboarding

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’

 

Fernie Alpine Resort.

Campaign launched to tackle COVID-19 at ski communities

The campaign singles out those living and working in ski communities

 

(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

 

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)
G-Money stands proudly beside his rather cold looking shelter. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

20 years of first chair: G-Money celebrates upholding his decades-long tradition

G-Money has camped out overnight to make it onto FAR’s first chairlift each year since 2001

G-Money stands proudly beside his rather cold looking shelter. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
FAR on a snowy day last season. (File Photo)

FAR out: Get ready to shred (locally)

The resort is preparing to get the 2020/2021 season running on the morning of Dec. 10

FAR on a snowy day last season. (File Photo)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

FAR delays opening day by five days

The resort’s tentative opening has been pushed to Dec. 10

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
The World Ski Awards’ title of World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator went to Bella Coola Heli Sports – the fourth annual honour for the company. Photo courtesy of Bella Coola Heli Sports.

The votes are in: BC wins big in World Ski Awards!

World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator, Canada’s Best Ski Resort among the 2020 honours

The World Ski Awards’ title of World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator went to Bella Coola Heli Sports – the fourth annual honour for the company. Photo courtesy of Bella Coola Heli Sports.
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

Expect lines to be longer at FAR: Resort general manager

General manager of FAR Andy Cohen said all resorts that were already open were seeing “amazing visitation”

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

FAR winter operations released

Pass-holders at FAR will not have to book ahead to visit the resort

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)