By Breanne Massey
Special to the Pioneer
For a lucky few, the best part of the Columbia Valley is calling it home.
The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (FHSR) Ski Area will be hosting Local’s Day for skiers, snowboarders and tubers to take in the longstanding tradition of riding for a toonie on Saturday, January 13th.
The fourth annual offering is geared toward serving up an affordable family-friendly event that honours the Columbia Valley community, attracting residents all the way from Brisco to Canal Flats.
“The local community is very important to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and the Ski Area,” said Nancy Hetherington, FHSR spokesperson.
“This is a good opportunity for us to recognize the locals and give back to them. Locals love the event and have been talking about it for the past couple of weeks. They are very excited that we are offering the event again.”
While the hill will be open to tourists and locals alike this Saturday, the $2 entry fee will only apply to those with Valid ID that shows a residential address from the Valley. Guests must purchase their tickets on site with ID on toonie day.
“Local’s Day was created with $2 skiing and $2 tubing and we have maintained that pricing every year,” she added. “Our main objective is to offer a very affordable day of fun on the slopes.”
She said tickets for a toonie just seemed right; it was easy to remember and hoped it was a price that would encourage everyone to participate. The afternoon will begin with music from a DJ between noon and 4 p.m., while there will be burgers served up on the lodge’s decks from noon to 2 p.m.
“We are targeting all locals,” Ms. Hetherington added, “our existing customers, families who may not have the opportunity to ski regularly due to cost, locals who have never skied here, as well as locals who haven’t been here for a few years – hopefully it encourages them to come and experience everything our ski area has to offer.”
A hunt on the hill for Monty the Moose pictures will be fun for the whole family between noon and 4 p.m.
“The event is very similar to last year. However with the significant amount of snow that we have received over the past few weeks the snow conditions are excellent,” said Ms. Hetherington.
In addition, there will be free popcorn between noon and 3 p.m. and s’mores at the firepit between 1 and 3 p.m.
Monty the Moose might even make an appearance during the afternoon.
“It is a great event and is fun for the whole family,” concluded Ms. Hetherington.
$2 tubing is limited to 1 hour in order to accommodate everyone who wants to tube. Same day access to the hot springs is included with the ski lift ticket (not the tubing ticket).
“A relaxing soak in the mineral hot springs after a day on the slopes is THE best après ski! We encourage locals to come out on January 13th for a fun day on the slopes,” she concluded.
The ski area is open 9:30-4 p.m., while the tube park operates from 10:30-4:30 p.m.