Aliens land in Fairmont

Aliens have taken over at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and can be found on the slopes of the ski hills.

  • Jan. 25, 2011 3:00 p.m.
(top picture) Students and instructors of the Snow Birds get ready for their first pass down the new Snow Planet at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Pictured above is Ski Operations manager Peter Harding sitting at the top of the new terrain park at the  resort.           Darryl Crane/Echo Photo

(top picture) Students and instructors of the Snow Birds get ready for their first pass down the new Snow Planet at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Pictured above is Ski Operations manager Peter Harding sitting at the top of the new terrain park at the resort. Darryl Crane/Echo Photo

Aliens have taken over at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and can be found on the slopes of the ski hills.

As part of an ever expanding program at the resort the area surrounding the Magic Carpet lift is now known as Snow Planet. According to Peter Harding, ski operations manager at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, this new fun look is just a first step which will see new ideas implemented on the slopes every year.

Snow Planet consists of a space themed skiing area for younger children who come to the resort.

Aliens can be found on boxes, flags and soon on t-shirts as well as in the park sponsored by Aquafina and the resort.

Harding said the idea for this type of memorable part of the slopes stems partially from the way ski hills in Europe build around family activities. Harding was also quick to point out the marketing department led by Mark Dixon developed the alien theme.

One of the first groups who got to ski around the alien flags were the Snow Birds ski class. All of the children seemed to be having fun and noticing the changes in the park.

Another new feature at the resort is a terrain park put together by a dedicated crew of workers. The park has a series of jumps and other features but is set up for both novice and intermediate riders.

Again this new feature is something developed on-site to enhance a day on the slopes for people who come to the resort, Harding said.

Harding felt it was important to point out that a group of people took time out of their days to develop and put together the park sponsored by Pepsi and Rock Star.

“Nathan Edwards (a.k.a.) Eddie, Paul Wittle, Scott Avery and Carl Faulkner all put a lot of effort into the creation of the park,” Harding said.

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