What's New for Winter 2019-20!
Each season at Fernie Alpine Resort, we strive to make improvements and upgrades to our existing services to ensure you have the best vacation and recreational experience possible!
We are excited about another great winter season!
Opening Day for summer is set for Saturday, November 30th!
Timber Chair Update
This summer, the Timber Express Chairlift underwent a significant makeover. Major work projects included:
- gearbox from Timber Top was removed, rebuilt & reinstalled
- installation of 2nd communication line (2.9km long and weighing 6 tons)
- installation of new panels
- plus additional annual maintenance projects
The chair started test spinning in late September and load testing in early October. We are super excited to welcome the Timber Chair back for winter 2019/20!
Summer Brushing & Mowing
The cooler summer (and low fire danger) allowed for lots of work to be completed by the FAR summer brushing & mowing crews. Summer brushing was completed in key areas like Snake Ridge, Sunnyside, Boomerang/Boom Ridge, Currie Chutes, Surprize and more. The mowing program was very successful - mowing every inch of "mowable terrain" across all 5 bowls, and thanks to the winch-mower, hitting up steeper terrain that had never been mowed before.
This work should set up our early season conditions to be some of the best yet!
New Winch Cat
We’ve added a new winch cat to our fleet- a Tier 4 machine with new winch technology. It's the latest and greatest as far as winch cats go! Ever wonder what a winch cat does? In order to groom those steeps and deeps that Fernie is known for, the resort requires a winch cat. The winch allows for the cat to be tethered to a stationary object, letting the cat to groom safely on steeper slopes (runs can reach angles of up to 45 degrees).
Mountain Pantry Grocery & Liquor Store
Our on-mountain grocery store is now proudly serving Starbucks coffee! Drop by to pick up your grocery needs, and enjoy a latte with us at the new coffee bar! Open daily year round.
New Programs at our Winter Sports School
Griz Kids Lessons - Our NEW and improved Griz Kids Program will be replacing our Ski & Play Program, that used to be available through our Childcare Centre. The Griz Kids Program will run out of our new Winter Sports School Kids Centre, (located across the hallway from our Childcare Centre in the Cornerstone Lodge).
- For ages 3 – 5 yr olds
- The program includes 2.5hrs on snow, with snack time / indoor time built in, and included in the price
- Early drop off is available (starting at 9 am) and is included in the price
- Small class sizes (ratio of 4 children to 1 instructor)
Fernie Performance Academy - We are pleased and excited to present our NEW Performance Academy camps at Fernie Alpine Resort. Skiing is a mix of mental, physical and technical effort. Our Level 3 & 4 Pros will help you harness and develop each aspect to take your skiing to the next level, though our Development Camps, Performance Camps, and Steep & Deep Camps.