Fernie Alpine Resort
It always amazes me how fast the ski season slides past. It doesn’t seem that long ago that Robin Siggers was skiing 50cm on the Bear Run when the Griz gave us our first big snow on November 4. As of April Fools Day, that’s 147 ski days ago and there are still great weeks to go. By the numbers we’ve gotten over 800cm (27 ft) of snow so far, giving us a settled base of 320cm at the Main Study Plot. We’ve seen temperatures as cold as -28.5° Celsius and as warm as +4.5° at the mountaintop. We’ve also clocked 25 sunny days so far (not bad for Fernie) with more on the way this month. Patrollers love to hang out in the sun and we expect to see many others doing the same, working on their goggle tan.
This April, you can expect soft groomer days, spring POW days and fun event days. Be ready to sport your best 80s ski gear and try out 220 cm straight skis or a retro Burton Board. The Powder, Pedal, Paddle (PPP), of course, will be back again. This is a classic Fernie multisport relay that usually consists of teams of four to five racing from Cedar Bowl to town and back again using skis, bikes, boats and runners. There’s also the Fernie Slush Cup Slope Soaker, where riders in ridiculous outfits try to cross the frigid slush pit at Timber Load
We are also hosting the 2nd Monster Energy “Enemy Lines” race on April 6. For those who aren’t familiar, a group of pro skiers and ripping Fernie locals will line up side by side on the Lizard Headwall and race-shot gun start-to the Plaza. This is an event that shouldn’t be missed! Partying will follow, with the race losers offering their best excuses.
For those who enjoy ski touring, spring can offer fantastic days out in the backcountry. With longer days and a generally stronger snowpack, more opportunities can be available. Be mindful of the sun’s effect, however; a slope that is frozen and firm early in the morning can transition to good skiing but also to unstable on hot sunny days. Be particularly aware of new storm snow that is being hit by the sun for the first time.
Earth Day is on April 22 and as it approaches, I hope everyone takes a moment to observe and appreciate the beautiful valley we live and play in. As the sun shines and the snowpack slowly melts, we always see garbage showing up on the surface again. I encourage everyone to make an effort to pick up any garbage they see lying around. Let’s all do our part to keep this place beautiful for now and the future.
On behalf of Fernie Ski Patrol, I hope everyone has had a fantastic ski season so far. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a seasonal visitor, we hope to see you at The Hill again in the future. You can count on us being here, hanging out with the Griz.