After months of waiting, Fernie skiers will finally get the first ride of the Polar Peak lift at the grand opening next Saturday, January 14.
A five minute ride on the new triple chair will let skiers access a whopping 3550 vertical feet of skiing and 22 extra runs, including advanced black trails, and an intermediate blue run.
From the top of Polar Peak on a clear day, you get 360 views of peaks, valleys and lakes from Lake Koocanusa in the Southwest to the spine of the Canadian Rockies looking up the Elk Valley all the way into Kananaskis Country and Banff National Park.
The Polar Peak chair will also allow ski patrol to clear the Currie Bowl headwall of avalanche danger more quickly, giving access to Currie’s legendary powder days more quickly.
For a guide to the extra lines you can take off Polar Peak, see Skiing magazine’s article.
Powder Magazine also ran an excellent article on the measures Fernie Alpine Resort has taken to ensure skiers and snowboarders know exactly where they should ski.
With a whole day of celebration events planned, you too can be a part of the historic opening day of Fernie’s newest lift, which is the only new lift installation going to a mountain top in North America this winter.
After your first ride on the chair, ski down to Timberline Lodges for our open house at 644 Juniper Lodge from 3-6pm.
We have a number of two bedroom suites perfectly situated and available as whole and quarter ownership.
When you own at Juniper Lodge you receive a three year membership with Interval International as well as a one year membership with Interval Gold, giving you exchange time to thousands of destinations around the world.
Located at Timberline Lodges, #4559 Timberline Crescent on-mountain at Fernie Alpine Resort, on Ski Resort Road approaching the resort village.
For more information register on-line at http://www.juniperlodgefernie.com/registration.htm or call 1-866-423-6873.
Polar Peak Grand opening events – Saturday January 14
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the NEW Polar Peak Chairlift @ Polar Peak Chairlift Base Station
Guided Tours of the Polar Peak terrain will be available for our guests.
Please note that the terrain accessed by the Polar Peak Chairlift is suitable for advanced level skiers and snowboarders.
Ski the Peak Reception @ Slopeside Coffee Shop (base area at Fernie Alpine Resort)
The Reception Program will include:
- Slide presentation of the Polar Peak Chairlift project
- Refreshments & social
- Commemorative gift
Join us at the Griz Bar for:
- Ski the Peak Apres Party
- Avalanche Awareness Days Fundraising Auction
- Live music with Shred Kelly
Avalanche Awareness Days will also be happening during the day, with great activities and events going on throughout the day.
Photo shows preparations at the top of Polar Peak - by Jikke Gyorki at Tourism Fernie