Gift giving is normally reserved for Christmas but it was on Boxing Day that skiers and snowboarders received the greatest present of all.
On December 26, Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) announced on Facebook that Polar Peak Chair was spinning for the first time this season.
Polar Peak is FAR’s highest chair, elevating skiers and boarders to 2134 metres (7000 feet) and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.
FAR marketing manager Karen Pepper said the resort’s snow safety team opens as much terrain and as many lifts as possible based on snow and weather conditions.
Last season, the chairlift didn’t open until February 19. It’s one of the earliest opening dates in Matt Mosteller’s memory, which he credited to FAR’s hardworking team.
“They are always striving to do their best for the guests, and skiers and riders love the Peak,” said Mosteller, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Senior Vice President Marketing and Guest Experience.
“With some significant summer dirt work our team was able to put in new cat access which lessens the significant avalanche risk that the old access had. Plus our grooming team rocks as they put in their winter road early and are regularly keeping it up.”
Polar Peak offers access to challenging terrain and is recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders.
“It is so amazing to stand mountain tip on Fernie for sure,” said Mosteller.
“But be aware of the terrain and skiing experience always, and check in with Fernie Ski Patrol to ask questions if unsure. We suggest intermediate skiing and riding ability or better to access terrain off the peak.”