Spots at FAR For the Best Day Ever
It’s 7am on another powder day. Time to check the snow report while sipping your morning coffee and planning the day ahead. If mornings can be a little tough, consider this handy schedule that includes helpful advice from those who know the hill best - the staff at FAR, with favourite stashes and runs from each of the five bowls to keep you smiling all day long.
The New Side
Everyone knows the morning is likely the best time to find those untracked stashes from last night’s snowfall. If getting up and at it is your game, head up the Timber Chair for your first runs of the day and make your way to these spots.
Siberia Bowl - Falling Star (#1 – Blue) and Morning Glory (#2 – Black)
Stretch it out and start the day by warming up on our longest run! Falling Star will get those legs burning and ready for the day ahead (all 5kms of it). This well-groomed, wide trail is great way to start things off.
Alternatively, and for a more advanced ridersMorning Gloryhas great morning light (hence the name), a good pitch and nice tree spacing. Looking for those powder stashes and untouched spots on the mountain? Look no further!
Next, head back up the Timber Chair and make your way down to the White Pass Chair and get on over to Timber Bowl!
Timber Bowl – Silver Lining (#15 – Blue) and Surprize (#98 – Black)
You’ll be hard pressed to find a rider who doesn’t love a Surprize. Surprize is laden with challenging terrain in the treesmake it worth it! Hint: ¾ of the way down take a right onto Trespass trail to get you back to the White Pass Chair for a faster lap! For those looking for a less challenging Timber Bowl run, try out Silver Lining. Silver Lining isn’t as busy as the popular Heartland or Highline runs meaning you can find little powder stashes on the sides of the run all morning!
After exploring Timber Bowl, take the White Pass Chair up and head into Currie Bowl for a powderful run before lunch!
Currie Bowl – Currie Powder (#19 – Blue) and Sky Dive (#33 - Black)
What can we say about Currie Bowl…wait, what can’t we say about Currie Bowl? Powder stashes are so plentiful in this bowl that skiers and boarders often line up waiting for patrol to drop the rope and open the bowl. If you haven’t experienced the infamous “Currie Rope Drop” you need to add it to your bucket list this season.
Once in Currie, intermediate riders will love Currie Powder. This vast blue trail winds through the upper part of the bowl and like the name suggests, through mellow fields of powder on powder days and a consistent, well-groomed run on those other days. Advanced riders - traverse across towards the “Big 3” named for the three runs side by side at the end of the Bowl. Our recommendation, hit Sky Dive. It’s one of the best pitches on the mountain (and a long one, too) - nothing beats getting first tracks down Sky Dive after a fresh snowfall.
Runs through Currie Bowl connect you to lower mountain runs which take you back to the base for a well-deserved refuel.
The Old Side
After warming up with some nachos in the Griz Bar or a selection from our taco and poutine items in Legends Mountain Eatery, it’s time to head back out! This time, explore the Old Side starting at the Elk Chair, and then the Bear Chair to take you into the famous Lizard Bowl.
Lizard Bowl - Easter Bowl (#49 – Black) and Dancer (#50 – Blue)
Lizard Bowl is full of classic runs and is home to Lizard Headwall, the most recognised and photographed feature towering above the resort.
Ask any local and undoubtedly many would say that Easter Bowl is one of their top choices. Easter Bowl can be reached via both the Currie and Lizard Bowls and with tight trees to open glades and plenty of powder pockets! To access Easter Bowl via the Lizard Bowl, cross the Lizard Traverse all the way until you reach the end of the traverse. Side step or hike up a short way up into the trees and shred it up! If trees aren’t your thing then try Dancer (same route without the hike up). A classic run with good fall line and grooming. Since many riders tend to duck off the Lizard Traverse early to hit Arrow, Bow or Cascade, Dancer is a great afternoon delight and known for being in good shape all day long.
Once you have Lizard Bowl out of your system, head back up the Bear Chair and into Cedar Bowl to end the day with a bang!
Cedar Bowl – Cruiser (#78 - Blue) and Snake Main (#82 - Black)
Cedar Bowl is another one of those runs well loved by locals, with lots of natural rollers and fall lines, it also offers some of the most amazing vistas and views on the mountain.
Aptly named Cruiser is… well it’s cruisey and a great way for intermediate riders to explore and be introduced to Cedar Bowl. For more advanced skiers, continue along the traverse to the Snake Ridge area, where the snow is known to be some of the deepest at the resort. Snake Main is a great run to start, it has an epic fall line and is known for its face shots of snow. Snake Ridge stays freshest the longest – try Blueberry and Snake Glades for your second passes through Cedar Bowl.
After all of that, you deserve a pint! Time to go back to the legendary Griz Bar, our favourite après ski bar that’s been ‘keepin’ rippers ripped’ since 1962. If fancy cocktails are more your style, visit the Cirque Restaurant & Bar in Lizard Creek Lodge. The Vodka Ice bar sounds cold (and is cold) but vodka has been known to warm you up from the inside out and might help soothe those aching muscles as well.