I’m lying in bed and it’s pitch black outside. I’ve been woken up by my Fernie winter alarm, which puts a smile on my face. That sweet sound of a bomb blast rattling the windows, which means it snowed last night and the patrollers are bombing the hill.
Then I heard a second sound that gets me out of bed. It’s the “beep….beep….beep” of a reversing snow plough. That’s my queue to get up because THAT means it snowed a lot and if I want to get first tracks I’ve got some shoveling to do before I can get up to the hill.
Like a lot of great ideas, the Fernie Mountain Film Festival was conceived on a skiing trip and born just four months later after an intensive planning process. Four years on, Brian Bell is blown away by the support and interest he’s seen in the festival. He says that selecting the films is still a lot of fun and the possibilities are endless.
“The world is a book and all those who don’t travel only read one page”. –St. Augustine
During a recent self-examination I realized that I am not yet ready to make life-changing decisions. The reader may interject. “You’re only sixteen! The only decisions you make are whether or not to eat Lucky Charms or Frosted Flakes for breakfast!”
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While many know Laura Nelson as the face behind Polar Peek Books (which she recently sold), as a talented local artist, and/or as a born and raised Fernie girl (previously Laura Kennedy), many are not aware of her recent success as the President of the Fernie & District Historical Society.
Photo by Chad Chicilo
Fernie Alpine Resort has some excellent skiing, but just outside the boundary ropes lie something even better. The slackcountry. What is slackcountry? A backcountry experience with easier access. But just because it is easier doesn’t mean it doesn’t carry with it the same risks as the real backcountry. It should never be accessed without the same training and gear, and remember these areas are not controlled or patrolled.
In some cultures, three is a lucky number and now it has become mine! Yes, I am embarking on the journey to my third Olympic Games. At the ripe old age of 29 I feel that I am finally ready to compete at home in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. It will be a dream come true and an honour beyond words.
I started eating raw food seven years ago, when my Mom was first diagnosed with cancer. I’d heard of the healing miracles of eating raw, and I eventually convinced Mom to try a juice cleanse with me.
Have you ever been stared down by a grizzly? Have you looked into a free-flowing river so clear you can make out every grain of sand on the bottom?
Have you ever seen the Flathead River Valley?
When I asked people this question their answer was often “no”. Even people who have lived in Fernie their whole lives. Outside of Fernie, people had never even heard of the Flathead.
The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey through the Siberian Wilderness by Jon Turk
In December, I had the privilege of reading a pre-publication version of Jon Turk’s The Raven’s Gift in manuscript form. This month, we all get the privilege of having Jon launch the real thing right here in Fernie. On January 22, you can hear Jon speak about the trials and tribulations that led to his startling and revelatory third book – a memoir that questions some of Western culture’s primary modes of thought and being.
Zombies and film go together like peanut butter and jam. They are a mainstay of the horror movie genre.
The first modern zombie movie, Night of the living Dead, was created independently in 1968 by George Romero. The film is considered a classic and spawned a number of other splatter-flicks including Hell of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead.
Romero’s version of the zombie-monster has inspired numerous film-makers in recent times to create such movies as 28 Days Later, a post-apocalyptic gore-fest starring Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccelston, and Naomi Harris.
While Emily Brydon is omnipresent in Fernie conversation of late, her mother - the pillar of strength supporting this resilient Olympian – remains far from the forefront, hard to believe when you meet her. Taller than Emily with a witty sense of humour that takes you by surprise and a personality that fills the largest of rooms, Rosemary is hard to miss.
“That’s the real work: to make the world as real as it is, and to find ourselves as real as we are within it.” Gary Snyder, interview summer of 1977
Maybe you’ve seen the posters around town regarding the possibility of a French school in Fernie. You may have noticed Isabel’s name and number at the bottom? Isabel is part of a group of Francophone parents looking to start this French school. She came to Fernie several years ago for a winter of skiing and a summer of paddling and as they say, one thing led to another. With the birth of her son two years ago, the idea of having his education be primarily in French became a priority for her and her partner and she found several other like-minded families here in our community.