Winter can be a difficult time to sell a home, even in a busy tourist destination like Fernie. The weather isn’t always fantastic, the number of daylight hours is significantly lower, and it is just a busy time. Traditionally spring and summer have been popular times to list homes, but with Fernie’s growing popularity worldwide homeowners and developers are responding to the increase in product demand during the busiest months of the year – in winter.
Well, it's time for the annual geek Christmas list again. This time around I'm writing the gift guide column sitting in an internet cafe in the city of Manado in northern Sulawesi. That's an island in Indonesia. Southeast Asia is ground zero for gadgets. We forget sometimes in Canada, under the influence of 24/7 media from south of the border, that North America isn't the centre of the world. Not even the centre of the tech world. The PC may have been invented in the USA, but it was built in Southeast Asia along with everything else.
Yes, supercool indeed. That’s how it all begins, with ‘super cooled’ water droplets. Under the correct atmospheric conditions, with the presence of a “freezing nuclei”, super cooled water droplets form tiny ice crystals that grow to form snowflakes. These snowflakes then blanket the Elk Valley, creating our legendary white, wintery playground!
Winters first snow reads like a book you don’t want to put down: drama, unique characters, mystery, and one-of-a-kind illustrations mapping out a compelling plot.
In summer animals are concealed by a thick drape of plant foliage. As the sun falls toward the horizon, leaves drop, and a white canvas stretches over the landscape revealing animal behaviour. Winter is the season to read stories in the snow.
There are so many individuals donating their time, energy, funds, food, creativity and more to help those in need have a merrier Christmas in the Elk Valley. From the Ice Gala, which raises money for the Salvation Army, to the various Christmas Campaigns the Salvation holds itself, to Parkplace Lodge’s Charity Tree Fundraiser, to a gift wrapping duo, the Christmas Spirit is in the air.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday before 10am the Fernie Family Centre is a tranquil environment, but that changes rapidly. By 10am parents and their children fill the wide space of the gym and tranquility is transformed into the sounds of laughter and play. These amusing and popular hour-long sessions are known as Kindergym, a program widely used by families in Fernie. What many may not know is that Kindergym began with the inspiration of Joan Delich and Pat Proudfoot in the fall of 1984, 25 years ago.
A question I often hear asked is how the Fernie Fix originated. Well, it was a fast and furious beginning for me, and an exciting and busy time for my creators Vanessa and Krista.
I think I realized that my job in life was to make art when I was in Grade 4. Actually I know it was Grade 4 and I remember the exact moment. We all had a cheesy art task to paint some still life fruit with tempra paints…everyone’s work looked like they had done it with the wrong hand but mine was surprisingly accurate (for a Grade 4). My teacher came up to me and said, “I know what you will be when you grow up.” He was right.
We’ve all heard the cries that the music industry is dying, but the cries are more bombastic than anything. Music is older than writing and older than words, and it’s impossible to imagine a world without it. A good band or DJ sets the mood, whether it’s wafting out of a home stereo or blaring out of the bar’s double-stacks.
It’s 11pm at night and as I am getting ready to go check out Fernie’s bar scene Blair Craig is hitting the snooze button on his alarm clock.
Walking into town the snow is falling and I can see a sprinkling of lights dotted around the ski hill, as snow cats crawl through the night sculpting the mountain so we can rip it up in the morning.
By the time I get to the bar and order a drink Blair has made his ‘lunch’, picked up his 7-11 coffee and is driving up to the ski hill to start his 8-hour shift. It’s midnight.
Last Remembrance day I attended an amazing presentation by Eva Olsson on the subject of the Jewish Holocaust during the Second World War. Her stories impressed me because I guess I hadn’t realized the depth that prejudice can reach.
It’s an interesting concept, prejudice. Babies are not born with the ability to sense racial differences. Whenever I have watched children play together, it doesn’t matter what language they speak, never mind what colour skin they have. They look beneath that.
2 parts Vodka
1 part Apple Schnapps
1 part Ginger Ale
Splash of Lime Juice
Garnish: Apple Slice
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with apple slice.
Tim Horton’s holiday cups
Calling a cab
Eco friendly gift wrapping
Boardstiff’s Video Contest
Fernie Ski Card
December Playlist by Poison Apple Tattoo
Wake Up - Suicide Silence
Dr. Doom - The Acacia Strain
Gods Of War Arise - Amon Amarth
The first day of the ski season is usually followed by sore muscles. Even those of us who have trained diligently at the gym to get ready for the winter season often find muscle soreness after day one on the slopes, though usually for a much smaller duration. Here are a few tips to help you out.
Let me tell a story.
A couple weeks ago while getting ready to take a vacation, a friend decided to bleach his well. The once every six months or so cleansing of the water. He dosed it good, waited and started the well back up. Nothing. He reset the motor. Nothing. He heard the solenoid click, but no motor, no water.