Local’s Day at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

This Saturday, January 13th, ski or tube for a toonie

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.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Highway 3A reopened after mudslide cleared

A mudslide closed Highway 3A between Castlegar and Nelson just north of the Brilliant Dam on Wednesday.

Environmental fund celebrates a decade of successes

Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund to continue on indefinitely

Big ideas for small spaces

Canal Flats deliberating new zone for small lot residential

Weekly RCMP Report

A look back at some of the more unusual calls for RCMP this week

Columbia Valley municipalities sign on to RDEK planning agreement

Five year contracts guarantee municipalities a vote on rural planning matters

Lt.-Gov. Guichon believes she made the right decision in last B.C. election

Outgoing Lt.-Gov Judith Guichon said her most memorable moments weren’t surrounding the election

Wartime Wednesdays

Local author Elinor Florence explores the stories of veterans

B.C. parents grieving teen’s overdose death say it started with opioid prescription

Elliot Eurchuk, 16, died at his Oak Bay home Friday, after taking street drugs to sleep

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

16 of 20 fastest improving B.C. schools are public: Fraser Institute

Independent elementary schools remain at top of the chart in think tank’s annual report card

NAFTA: Talks continue through weekend in scramble to get a deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called negotiations ‘perpetual’

Pulp mill fined $900,000 for leaking effluent into B.C. lake

Mackenzie Pulp Mill pleaded guilty to depositing deleterious substance into water frequented by fish

B.C.’s 2-year lobbying ban starts May 1

Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists can grant exemptions from the prohibition if public interest

Horgan speaks of government’s successes to ‘friends’ at CUPE BC convention

CUPE BC president Paul Faoro said was first time a B.C. premier addressed convention in some time

Most Read