Cross Country Ski Lunch, April 3
Before you put your cross country skis away for the year there is still one more even that you don't want to miss. On Saturday, April 3 the end of year fun race and lunch is happening at Island Lake Lodge. This event will include a ride up and down in a snowcat, a relay race around the lodges for kids, a race around the lake for adults, and a delicious lunch provided by Island Lake Lodge. Plus there will be prizes! The Schedule is as follows:
10:00 am snowcats leave from the parking lot to bring people up to the lodge
11:00 am kids race starts
Who are the Hustlers? The Fernie Hustlers are the dedicated, energetic and talented group of women that make up Fernie’s competitive women’s hockey team. This skilled and versatile team consists of moms, artists, professionals, tradeswomen, successful entrepreneurs, and many avid skiers! This team was originally started by a group of FAR women staff members for the purposes of intermission entertainment for the classic men's Fernie vs. Kimberley hockey match. Since then the team has grown into a talented, cohesive, fun-loving group of friends.
Frank Lento, a remarkable Fernie citizen always working behind the scenes. We have tried in the past to feature this man and it wasn’t until this project came up that he agreed to meet – but we could only talk about the project. Throughout the conversation snippets of past projects and achievements drifted into the conversation, swiftly followed with, “Don’t publish that.” All right, to the project which will have the town buzzing and proud within minutes of viewing.
Ugo Brousseau – Outdoor Guest Services Manager at FAR
Every time I ski down to the Haul Back I always pause to consider the job of the FAR lifties. And my first thought is usually, “Poor guys!” Whether it’s a powder day or -20 on the hill, I am enjoying myself and relying on these guys to get me up the mountain so I can squeeze another run in.
I caught up with Ugo Brousseau, Outdoor Guest Services Manager at FAR, to find out what a typical day looks like for our lifties and ticket checkers.
According to legend, Fernie has not always been graced with the fine snow conditions we now enjoy on a regular basis. According to the legend, a baby boy was born mid winter in 1879 in a grizzly bear's cave high in the mountains. Sometime later the resident bear awoke ravenously hungry. A terrible battle occurred between the boy and the grizzly - one fighting for his life, the other for his dinner.
Full Day Kindergarten at IDES by Dawn Voysey
Isabella Dicken Elementary School is now accepting registrations for their 100% funded full day Kindergarten classes, which are supported by the BC Ministry of Education and begin in September 2010. The all day Kindergarten program, which in the past was parent funded and offered as an option, will be completely paid for by the Education Ministry.
Fernie Women’s Centre Monday Drop-in
The Fernie Women’s Centre is running a drop-in for girls only! Mondays from 3-5 PM will be for girls in grades nine and up. Wednesdays from 3-5PM will be for girls in grades seven and eight. Snacks and munchies will be provided.
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.
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.
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
It looks absolutely gorgeous outside. The snow is sparkling, the sun is shining and it’s a blue bird day, yet I’m afraid to walk out the door. The temperature gauge says its -24. It’s freezing!
While I’m debating whether or not to even go outside Nate is already at work on the hill. Making snow. Outside.
Nate Trueman has been working the hill for the last seven years. He spent a year in the mechanics shed before getting into snowmaking and has worked his way up to supervisor.
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.
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.