Hot springs re-open after large mudslide
Following the dramatic mudslide that sent massive debris flow through Fairmont Creek and disrupted the entire village Fairmont Hot Springs is re-opening this on August 3. The re-opening comes just in time as the resort town pushes to get the word out that Fairmont Hot Springs is back and better than ever.
“We were very fortunate that most of the debris flow was restricted to Fairmont Creek. The Lodge, the pools, the RV park and two out of three golf course were largely unaffected,” says Marke Dickson, director of sales and marketing, Fairmont Hot Springs, “but it did bury the source of our hot springs and wipe out the road to the RV park.”
The resort town, where almost all its residents work in tourism, depends on a busy summer season for its livelihood. The mudslide forced the resort to close for two weeks while debris was removed from the natural hot spring boxes, located up the Fairmont Creek so that the hot water could be funneled back into the pools. Geotechnical experts have flown the site and the creek’s catchment and indicated that there is little risk of further debris flow or landslides.
A new intake infrastructure was installed to restore the flow of hot water from the springs to the pools and a new water supply line was built from the reservoir to the lodge (the old supply lines were obliterated in the debris flow) to service the Lodge and RV Park. Both Riverside and Creekside golf courses were untouched and have remained open. A few canyon hiking trails, the ski area and the Mountainside golf course and clubhouse are closed. The resort has been working with renowned Canadian golf course architect Doug Carrick on how to use deposited materials to improve impacted holes and expects Mountainside to be up and running again soon.
Dickson continues, “We’ve been working dawn until dusk to re-open and we are literally bubbling with excitement. The Fairmont Hot Springs Lodge, the pools, RV Park and all associated outlets will re-open Friday. We’ve used the brief closure as an opportunity and our team has been hard at work shining, polishing, fixing and repairing all facilities to make the resort better than ever.”
The human spirit is amazing. The experience has really helped the community grow and pull together. We don’t just work here - this is our home. We’ve been overwhelmed with help during this ordeal and would like to thanks guests, employees, contractors and the community for all their support. We are now working hard to get out our message: Fairmont Hot Springs is back and doing what is does best – providing visitors with a fantastic BC Rockies experience.”