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Functional Anatomy Part 4: The Illiopsoas (Hip Flexors)

If you sit in front of a computer, mountain bike, cross country ski, snowshoe or ride the ski hill chances are your Illiopsoas muscle affects your life. This large muscle group is a definite troublemaker and causes plenty of low back pain in the Elk Valley because it is so commonly neglected. So if you are affected by lower back pain and want to learn more about it read on.

1. Where is this muscle?

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Jan 29, 2011 in Health

Fernie Ski Patrol News by Steve Ruskay

From frost bitten cheeks, to soggy snow pants. From perfect grooming, to waist deep powder. The past few weeks have been a wild ride!

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Jan 29, 2011 in Outdoors

Love is in the Air

Our cold and snowiest month seems an unlikely time of year for hot and steamy romance. After all what is sexier than long underwear, runny noses, thick beards, chapped lips and frost bitten cheeks? February is the courting season of an unlikely resident with the devilish nickname ‘’tiger of the air’.

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Jan 29, 2011 in Outdoors

Mike Moore, Endurance Runner

I didn’t really start running until I moved to Fernie nine years ago and the main reason I started was to help me quit smoking. I was always athletic and reasonably fit but had smoked for five years before I accepted the fact that it was killing me. Quitting was not an easy task, so to fight off the cravings I would go for a run. It was horrible and made me realize just how bad smoking had been for me. As it got easier and easier, I became more fit and started to enjoy running.

Posted by Fix on Jan 29, 2011 in Outdoors

Fernie's FAST Growing Alpine Presence

Growing up in Edmonton, AB, I never really had the terrain around me to become a world class skier, that and the fact that I probably only skied a handful of times until I moved to Banff at age 22. However, being a self proclaimed sports nerd one might have guessed I am a huge ski racing fan. Ski racing holds a special place in my heart as I spent seven years working at Alpine Canada Alpin (ACA), which is the governing organization for the Canadian National Ski Team and ski racing throughout Canada.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jan 29, 2011 in Outdoors

Editor's Fix: Thoughtfulness vs. Bling this Valentine's

There is a lot of hype around Valentine’s Day, whether people take it to “heart” or find its commercialization offensive. Perhaps you’re asking yourself what the point is in setting aside one day a year to show your loved ones how you feel when it should be something ingrained in our daily life. Honestly, how often over the last year have you taken the time to express your feelings or gone out of your way to do something meaningful and thoughtful for your partner, sibling, parent, grandparent or child?

Posted by Fix on Jan 28, 2011 in Community

All You Need is Love?

Many of us grow up expecting that we will graduate from high school, go on to university or college, meet the man/woman of our dreams, get married, and raise a family. We are socialized in North America to believe that this is "normal". Many of us do just this, and to a large degree, do it successfully. Some of us do it less traditionally; we do it in multi-generational, multi-cultural, sole parent, blended families, and all with a measure of success. What keeps us all on the same page are the values we have, not only as parents, but as a community.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jan 28, 2011 in Community
Free Ski Comp at Fernie Alpine Resort

The Spirit of Achievement - Featured Events in Fernie

From national and international ice stars to extreme sports adventurers and even an Olympian and Paralympian, there's no limit to the sporting heights that can be reached if you start out in the Elk Valley.

Posted by Rebecca Hall on Jan 28, 2011 in Art and Entertainment
Griz Bar staff at Fernie Alpine Resort

Keepin Rippers Ripped - Griz Bar, Fernie Alpine Resort

I’m not sure there’s anyone of legal bar attending age in Fernie who hasn’t stepped over the threshold of the infamous Griz Bar. Furthermore, I doubt anyone has ever left without a large smile on their face, whether from the ski boot stomping live tunes, or from devouring an excessive amount of nachos. Which is why, this month’s Unsung Heroes are the “faster than light, know what you want before you actually order” staff of Fernie Alpine Resort’s Griz Bar.

Posted by Abi Moore on Jan 28, 2011 in Community
Fernie Ski Patrol, Canadian Avalanche Dog Association, Fernie Alpine Resort,

Steve Morrison, Fernie Ski Patrol and CARDA Representative

Steve Morrison is someone most people in the ski community recognize or know well as he is one of the friendly faces you often come upon at Fernie Alpine Resort, where he has been working over the last 15 years that he’s lived here.

Posted by Fix on Jan 28, 2011 in Community

Go with the Freeflow

January gets all of the pressure to switch things up, to make fresh starts. The challenge is to carry that initiative into February and beyond. One way to avoid slipping into the same old ruts, however, is to always have something new to look forward to.

Posted by Carolyn Nikodym on Jan 28, 2011 in Art and Entertainment

This Month in Movies by Midge: February DVD Releases

February 1: While Welcome to the Rileys may not promise to be a great film, it does promise to be an interesting one.

Posted by Carolyn Nikodym on Jan 28, 2011 in Art and Entertainment

Movie Review - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Human beings have always been fascinated by magicians. Whether it’s the old testament tale of Moses parting the Red Sea or Prospero summoning storms to torment his brother in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, people have always been enamoured of the idea that somewhere out there, there are individuals who can alter the world simply by concentrating really hard and uttering a few magic words.

Posted by Andrew Vallance on Jan 28, 2011 in Art and Entertainment

February Book Review: Snowdrift by Lisa McGonigle

February’s review is a no-brainer: a book set in Fernie, written by a Fernie writer and published by a Fernie press. Of course, you’re going to read Lisa McGonigle’s ski-bum memoir Snowdrift. With any luck, you can also share a beer with Lisa at the Brickhouse and have her sign your own locally purchased copy. Isn’t Fernie great?

Posted by Angie Abdou on Jan 28, 2011 in Art and Entertainment
valentine's day, chocolate covered strawberries at Rocky Mountain Chocolate

February Fernie Business news

Fernie Nature Tours 250-423-4306
Fernie Nature Tours invites you to experience an evening of nocturnal adventure, sweetheart stories in the heavenly stars, while stealing a kiss under the bright moonlight. While love is in the air create a memory with someone you cherish. Wrap up the evening with a decadent chocolate dessert fondue, champagne and roses for the ladies. To book a Valentine’s Day snowshoe tour from 7-10 pm, call 250-423-4306.

Posted by admin on Jan 28, 2011 in Business