Whitewater Paddling

At one point during every month I panic a bit thinking of a new sport for the next EA sports column. Then I read something, meet someone new or see a segment on a sports channel that makes me realize they are so many sports I haven’t even touched on yet. It was actually due to a friend’s CBC sports blog about her husband’s retirement that sparked my June article.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Jun 07, 2012 in Outdoors

Horsback Riding

Photo by Keith Ilavsky

As I carry the western saddle out of the barn, the first memory I have of horseback riding comes back to haunt me. It’s 1994 and I’m at summer camp, bouncing up and down on the saddle of a horse, when suddenly I find myself flying into the air and landing in a pile of cow dung. The horse behind bit my horse’s rear and I was bucked from the saddle like a pebble from a slingshot.

A few years later I find myself horseback riding with some friends for a birthday party. I only remember being afraid that the first experience would occur again.

Posted by Jesse Bell on Jun 02, 2012 in Outdoors

Head to the hills!

I do not, I think we will all agree, mince my words and if I am dissatisfied with somewhere or something, I do not tarry to say so. The Lisa McGonigle No Bullshit policy, if you will.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on May 21, 2012 in Outdoors


In childhood my parents took my sister and I to the base of the Ski Hill Road, where we would sit on the hatch of our mint green Oldsmobile and watch as Powder, Pedal, Paddle (PPP) participants flew past us. First they skied, then they biked, then they hopped in canoes or kayaks, before stripping off lifejackets and running the last stretch to the finish line. I never imagined that one day I would do the same, as a solo competitor.

Posted by Jesse Bell on May 01, 2012 in Outdoors


We’re halfway up the snowshoe trail on Castle Mountain and I’m certain I’m wearing more layers than I need. Long johns, sweatpants, wool sweater, jacket; I feel like the Michelin Man tromping around in a pair of duck feet. I am not a practiced snowshoer, and lack the smooth style of the others—friends who speed ahead with expertise. They aren’t fidgeting with their snowshoe straps and tripping over their own feet in the snow.

Posted by Jesse Bell on Apr 24, 2012 in Outdoors

The Golden Season with the Fernie Ski Patrol

The Golden Season

Posted by Steve Ruskay on Apr 18, 2012 in Outdoors

Powder, Pedal, Paddle

photo by V.Croome, the 2012 winners of the PPP paddling their way to victory

I often comment on the calibre of athletes in this town. They are passionate, dedicated and hardcore. One Fernie sporting event that showcases our athletes’ talents and friendly competitive nature is the Powder, Pedal, Paddle or better known as the PPP.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Apr 04, 2012 in Outdoors

Cat Skiing

Jesse and her crew at Fernie Wilderness Adventures

Posted by Jesse Bell on Mar 16, 2012 in Outdoors

The World of Ski Cross

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?”

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mar 16, 2012 in Outdoors

On the Mountain with the Fernie Ski Patrol- The Krazy Karpet and Sunny Days

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

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Mar 07, 2012 in Outdoors

The Power of Powder witn Ann Amundsen

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.

Posted by Fix on Feb 27, 2012 in Outdoors

The Downside of Sport

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.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Feb 10, 2012 in Outdoors

On the Mountain with the Fernie Ski Patrol - February 2012

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

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Jan 31, 2012 in Outdoors

Fernie Museum - The Power of Powder with Dave O'Haire

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.

Posted by Fix on Jan 23, 2012 in Outdoors

On The Mountain by Steve Ruskay

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

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Jan 10, 2012 in Outdoors