Fairmont hill promises improved powder

As ski and snowboard season approaches, Fairmont Hot Springs is getting ready to open their ski area for the season.

As ski and snowboard season approaches, Fairmont Hot Springs is getting ready to open their ski area for the season.

For those familiar with the hill, a number of new features make their debut for those hitting the slopes this season.

The powder itself may well be the greatest improvement here, as Fairmont has added six new snowmaking guns and wireless control system.

The new guns will produce nearly three times as much snow as the old equipment while only using half the energy.

Also new in the novice freestyle park is a new boarder/skier cross on the Easyrider run for new skiers and riders to help them get comfortable with their equipment.

Finally, Aquafina has sponsored the SnowPlanet learning centre for another year, and more fun features such as tunnels and arches have been added, as well as some general improvements of the kids’ area over the summer.

The ski hill opens on December 16, and up until December 24 a special H2O Snow Card deal is available that includes free access to the hot springs along with discounted prices. The H2O Snow Card is available at the Fairmont Lodge, at The Monkey’s Uncle in Invermere and at 250-345-6070.

Also returning this year will be the free Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on December 24.

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