This month I asked Fernie resident Cathy Morris of the Massage Place to enlighten us on the world of ski cross.
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Early in November, 2011 I was chatting with a friend about spending the winter in Whistler and mentioned that I was considering talking to Dave Ellis (Director of Sport, Canada Ski Cross) about massage opportunities with the Canadian Ski Cross team. I left her office, and literally bumped into Dave. Our conversation went something like this:
“I was just talking about you. Would you by any chance need any help with the Ski Cross team this winter?”
Photo by Ben Jackman
The start of February marks the halfway point of another ski season at Fernie Alpine Resort. The 50th season has experienced many milestones so far, and even more highlights. We have skied some of the deepest powder of our lives, and marvelled at vistas that others only dream of. With the best yet to come, our Golden Jubilee continues to be pure gold.
The Krazy Karpet
On January 17 at 4:30pm, during one of the biggest snow storms Fernie has seen in recent years, I sat with Ann Amundsen (formally Bowman) to remember the good ol’ days.
Wear your helmet, photo by V.Croome
Sports bring joy to people in so many ways, through personal accomplishment, winning euphoria, the adrenaline of participation and even just the entertainment of being a spectator. Unfortunately as with anything in life there are lows amongst these highs. As such an avid sports fan it is tough to discuss such a downer topic but the reality is if you play a sport competitively or recreationally injuries can and will happen.
With legendary powder restored and Polar Lift complete, it is time for back to basic mountain fun at Fernie Alpine Resort. Skiing and boarding continues to get better and better each and every day. Most of your favourite lines are filled in and ready to shred!
Winds of Change
As we delve deeper into Fernie’s 50th season of lift access skiing, and the Fernie Museum continues its work on a new exhibit (The Power of Powder) to celebrate this accomplishment, we decided to collaborate and highlight some of the characters, friendships and stories that have arisen through an inherent addiction to deep pow.
There is nothing quite like ringing in the New Year ski patrol style- with explosives and powder skiing! Happy 2012 Fernie! Now that the distractions of the holiday season are behind us, it’s time to get back to our main focus- legendary winters. So far, the 50th season at Fernie Alpine Resort has been fantastic. Great snow conditions, and of course Polar Peak. With the best of the ski season yet to come, make a New Year’s resolution to get up on the mountain, and soak in as much of this winter as possible.
The Ski Patrol Jolly Jumper
It is not often you see a pair of skinny skis on the hill anymore. Everyone is ripping around on fat, reverse camber skis and the long thin boards are a thing of the past. But if you take a look just off the hill you may see an influx of longer, skinny skis. Cross country skiing appears to be gaining in popularity in our town, perhaps thanks to an influx of new born babies (alpine skiing with a baby back-pack is apparently a no-no these days) and also to the excellent grooming and maintenance of our cross country ski trails.
Fernie is obviously well known for sport and its high-class calibre of athletes that recreate here. We often just associate these athletes as rippin’ skiers, boarders and bikers. I am recently realizing that many of these ‘on hill talents’ translate to awesome athleticism on the courts and rinks. I have also come to notice that it is many of Fernie’s female athletes that are dedicating themselves to more than just the well-known Fernie sports.
Photo by Steve Ruskay - Road to The Peak!
Here’s to a new ski season!
Photo by V. Croome
Being the first year anniversary of EA Sports I thought I would update the sports covered over the 2010-11 season. It has been an action packed year with many highs; Aaron Rodgers dominant Super Bowl performance in Green Bay’s victory, Erik Guay’s DH World Championship win, and unfortunately a few lows; Canucks just missing hoisting the cup and the terrible tragic crash of the Russian charter flight carrying the KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
Hurtling yourself down trails at speed on a two-wheeled self-propelled mechanical device with very little between you and the surrounding environment does seem a little risky at times. However, mountain biking isn’t as dangerous as many people believe. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to manage what risk there is.