Skiing and Snowboarding

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 man skis every day of season to prove a point

Jay Carter has skied every day of the 2021-2022 season so far just to prove that you can

 

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

 

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

 

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)
James Eastham fits some little ski goggles onto his cat, Gary. Gary is a social media star, with an Instagram account called ‘greatgramsofgary’ at around 431,000 followers. 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 RCR resorts for a tear

Gary and his human, James Eastham, were touring RCR resorts on a social media campaign

James Eastham fits some little ski goggles onto his cat, Gary. Gary is a social media star, with an Instagram account called ‘greatgramsofgary’ at around 431,000 followers. 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)
(Manning Park Resort photo)

Series of storms caused ‘dramatic changes’ to runs at southern B.C. ski hill

Ski resort pushing back opening date to align with travel restrictions

(Manning Park Resort photo)
The Timber Chair at the Fernie Alpine Resort on Nov. 30, 2021, just days before the hill is meant to open for the winter season. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘Very little to work with’: FAR opening day pushed

The resort is moving opening day from the previously planned Dec. 4 date to a ‘day-by-day’ status

The Timber Chair at the Fernie Alpine Resort on Nov. 30, 2021, just days before the hill is meant to open for the winter season. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Proof of vaccination will be required at any RCR resort this winter. (Claire Palmer photo)

RCR to require proof of vaccination for guests

RCR announced today that proof of vaccination will be required for lift tickets

Proof of vaccination will be required at any RCR resort this winter. (Claire Palmer photo)
The view of Fernie from Fernie Alpine Resort in the 2020-2021 winter season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

RCR staff must be fully vaccinated, decision on guests not yet made

The company has reserved the right to make changes to COVID-protocols ahead of the winter season

The view of Fernie from Fernie Alpine Resort in the 2020-2021 winter season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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.

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

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.
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)
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)
Three-year-old Adia Leidums skiing 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 skiing 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 Black Diamond / PIEPS Avalanche transceivers being recalled. (Image courtesy of PIEPS)

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 Black Diamond / PIEPS Avalanche transceivers being recalled. (Image courtesy of PIEPS)
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)