Imagine you are an astronaut flying in the space shuttle 500 kilometres above our home. Looking out at this spinning jewel, how would you describe what you see? With 70 percent of our planet covered with water, clearly we live on a blue planet, yet when we think of the environment this April, the colour of land dominates our mind.
Simon Bernard’s parents Elise and Gio moved from the Eastern Townships in Quebec to Fernie for skiing in 1988. Not long after Simon and his older brother were born, beginning their ski careers at the typical Fernie age of two years old (and probably before that in a backpack). “It is just the winter sport you do in Fernie. You don’t get that everything. My parents came here for skiing and I’m following in their footsteps,” Simon says.
While skiing and snowboarding are the most common Fernie activities in winter and mountain biking in the summer, many Fernieites are involved in a multitude of other sports. Paddling, golfing, road cycling, hiking, and even surfing. No, Fernie is not situated near an epic surf spot in the ocean, but our town is full of hard core adrenaline junkies and we have two distinct off seasons in which some of these junkies travel to find their next rush slaying waves.
As the days get longer and brighter, the month of March is an exciting time at Fernie Alpine Resort. March indicates the transition from the depths of a cold winter, to sunny bluebird spring skiing. That’s right, it’s time to friz-up the Griz hat, get out the zinc, and find those old Frog Skins!
The first year I realized Derick Berry was an avid mountain biker was the year he and his wife Heidi competed in the TransRockies. There were other teams that impres
My friend’s little girl was asking the other day why there was always so much hockey on TV. Why can’t she ever watch figure skating? I told her she had asked the right person and that come March 21-27, I would gladly sit down and watch the World Figure Skating Championships with her. I usually choose to watch hockey over figure skating, but my hockey team is in the toilet and Canada has a rich history in figure skating with definite World Championship medal prospects.
From frost bitten cheeks, to soggy snow pants. From perfect grooming, to waist deep powder. The past few weeks have been a wild ride!
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’.
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.
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.
It is the beginning of 2011 and I want to introduce you to our arboreal companions all around Fernie. It will require you to get outside on snowshoes, snowboard or skis of any description (boots are also okay) and you must be prepared to use all of your senses. I recommend you turn over this new leaf or needle by first shaking hands.
If you’ve ever competed in a local race you know Angie Bryans…. And that while she may be petite she packs a punch! At 34 years old Angie has returned to Fernie with more enthusiasm, energy, goals and experience. This impressive athlete and physiology enthusiast boasts a degree in kinesiology, masters in kinesiology and most recently completed a physiotherapy program.
Canada is a dominant curling nation. Olympic gold and silver medals were won by our men’s and ladies’ teams respectively on home soil last February. The Canadian men currently sit atop the World Curling Federation standings and our women are second. There are approximately 1000 Canadian Curling Association member clubs across the nation and yet in a winter sport dominated town I found too few people with much knowledge or interest in such a great Canadian sport.