Fernie Alpine Resort announced that the White Pass Chairlift will be closed for several days due to mechanical part failure. The FAR team has determined that the Whitepass Top Bullwheel Bearing has failed.
FAR commented, “We are fortunate to have a talented and professional lift maintenance team with over 100 years of experience amongst them, and they are working around the clock to diagnose & repair the cause of this extremely rare failure.”
FAR apologizes for the inconvenience this may have on your ski experience. They are now estimating that the White Pass Chair will be closed for seven to ten days while the repair work is being completed.
Guests have express disappointment with the limited access to White Pass. Comments on social media express understanding for a lift being closed due to weather however question the situation with the lift being closed for maintenance reasons. The White Pass closure reduces the skiable terrain by close to 30%. FAR is offering a 15% lift ticket discount for the duration the White Pass chair closure.
All impacted terrain accessed by the White Pass Chair will continue with regular avalanche control and will be safety patrolled. With conditions permitting, guests have been invited to hike up the Falling Star run to access open terrain from White Pass.
The available terrain is almost like the old days, perhaps the Cling-on rope will get some usage!