Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area is set to open tomorrow, with all signs pointing to another winter full of family fun.
The season starts strong with the 32nd annual torchlight parade and fireworks on Christmas Eve, a signature event for the ski area and a long-standing tradition for generations of families to kick off their Christmas celebrations.
The ski hill has some great events lined up for the 2017/2018 ski season, including the popular Local’s Day on Saturday, January 13th. And the 35th annual Starlight Challenge takes place again this February.
“This event offers adults the opportunity to participate in fun skiing and snowboarding races. Racers with the most consistent times between 2 runs will have the opportunity to win prizes. Night skiing is also available Friday nights in February,” reports Peter Harding, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort ski area manager.
There are some big changes underway at the ski hill this year, which is owned and operated by Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Ski Area’s tube park, Outlaw Alley, underwent some earth reshaping this past summer, “to enhance the rider’s excitement while continuing to ensure a safe run,” says Mr. Harding. “It will also require less snow, allowing snow making efforts to focus on other areas of the mountain.”
The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort team added another groomer to their fleet to allow for faster preparation for opening runs and for shaping of the terrain parks, Mr. Harding reports.
The on-hill rental shop found with younger and younger kids wanting to learn how to snowboard, they have enhanced their equipment inventory with a focus on the little ones.
“New additions include beginner boards with Burton handle bars to boost the confidence of the youngest riders. The handle bars provide increased stability allowing the kids to learn to ride at a younger age,” reports Nancy Hetherington, director of sales and marketing for Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. “The Rental Shop is also fully stocked with colourful, fun apparel for kids such as animal toques, neck tubes and many more items that make great stocking stuffers,”
Inside the ski hill lodge, guests will notice an enhanced chalet menu at both the cafeteria and Desparados Lounge.
“Mulled wine and a new craft beer from Big Rock Brewery will also be featured in the lounge,” says Ms. Hetherington.
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is very proud of their ski hill, and guests definitely love to come back again and again.
“The most common comment we receive from guests is how perfect the ski area is for families. Families love our ski hill as the kids can venture out on the hill while mom and dad or grandma and grandpa can relax by the fire in the lodge while watching the kids take lessons or they can all hit the slopes as a family,” shares Ms. Hetherington.
For some families, Fairmont ski trips spans generations; staff have met grandparents and parents on the slopes who learned to ski at Fairmont and now bring their own families to continue the family tradition.
“Our goal is to generate new skiers and we take pride in keeping skiing/boarding affordable for families. Our lift tickets, season passes and H2O cards are very reasonably priced which also include same day access to the hot springs. It’s a very affordable day of skiing and soaking for the entire family,” says Ms. Hetherington.
Mr. Harding agrees, and invites new and returning clientele to visit the hill this season.
“I encourage anyone who has never hit the slopes before to come and check out our ski area. You won’t be disappointed,” says Mr. Harding. “With snow making well under way we are excited about getting the lifts turning soon.”
For additional information on the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort ski area please visit www.fairmonthotsprings.com/ski-area.