Slow season, low season, off season, time to go to Mexico... November goes by a lot of titles, but rarely is it known for great events. Right? Wrong!
Without wasting any time, we’re going to get started on Friday, November 1 with a pretty big coup for Fernie; the Fernie Heritage Library will be pulling out all the stops to welcome Terry Fallis to kick off the Fernie Writers Series. Think back a few years to the 2011 Canada Reads Contest – remember that unassuming little book that knocked The Bone Cage by Fernie’s own Angie Abdou off the podium? That book was Fallis’ The Best Laid Plans, so there’s no doubt that interest will be high for this reading and literary event. The rags-to-riches story behind Plans – a self-published launch resulted in recognition in the form of a Steven Leacock Medal and and IPPY award in 2008 – catapulted the book into the limelight and ultimately resulted in Fallis being named as the 2013 author of the year by the Canadian Booksellers Association. Fernie will welcome Fallis as the first author in a series of four guests over the winter – future events will include CBC’s Grant Lawrence on December 12 and other luminaries to light up the dark evenings of the start of 2014. Fernie.bclibrary.ca.
The self-titled “unofficial start to winter” kicks off on Saturday, November 9 – the FAST Ski & Snowboard Swap is a social event as much as a great opportunity to kit yourself out for the season. Support the Fernie Alpine Ski Team and grab yourself a bargain too. Drop off lightly used gear on Friday, November 8 from 6-8pm at the Fernie Community Centre, and then come back on Saturday to pick out your new gear! The celebrations continue on Saturday evening with the Fernie Ski and Snowboard Film Festival. With just a few short weeks until the slopes open for the season, this is the perfect way to get your snow fix and meet some of the people you’ll be sharing the snow with this season.. The event begins with Sherpa Cinema’s Into the Mind at 6:30pm, followed by McConkey from MSP at 8:30pm, and finishing with Jake Blauvelt’s Naturally at 10:30pm. Grab a slice of pizza, sit back and relax with a beer or some fresh popcorn and enjoy the show. Door prizes will include cat skiing, lift tickets and much more – this is one you don’t want to miss. Fernie.com/filmfest.
On Thursday, November 14, join the indomitable Grace Brulotte and friends for an information night for FIRE – Fernie Inspire the Race to Empower, at 7pm at the Red Tree Lodge. FIRE’s mission is to provide access to snow sports for disabled individuals of varying severity in several disciplines. Fernie’s passion for the outdoors is shared between those who have easy access, and those for whom access can be incredibly challenging. FIRE ensures many people can enjoy winter sports who otherwise wouldn’t be able to, but they need your help. Come along to the no-obligation info night and find out how you can help. Ski instructors are particularly welcome, although there’s many other ways to help out too. Fernieadaptiveski.ca.
Moving on, one of Fernie’s biggest events of the entire year will once again happen in November. Fernie Alpine Resort’s opening weekend is tentatively set for November 30 – weather depending! Do your snow dance, praise Griz and wear your lucky thermals because we’d all like to be hitting the hill in November for the 3rd year in a row. Fantastic conditions in recent years have resulted in over 37ft of snow per year for the past two seasons. We can only hope that 2013-2014 will provide yet more epic turns, champagne Tuesdays and powder hits to write home about! Skifernie.com.