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

News From Fernie Alpine Resort by Steve Ruskay

Getting Good Grades!

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Dec 30, 2010 in Outdoors

Turn Over a New Needle

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.

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Dec 30, 2010 in Outdoors

Angie Bryans - Mountain biker

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.

Posted by Fix on Dec 30, 2010 in Outdoors

Curling - An Awesome Canadian Sport

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.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Dec 30, 2010 in Outdoors

News From Fernie Alpine Resort by Steve Ruskay

As our bikes, paddles and golf clubs slowly start making their way to the depths of our storage space, the epic task of uncovering from the holds that long forgotten ski and snowboard gear arises. This seasonal tradition, marked by fond summer memories, is short lived due to the mounting excitement of seeing the first glimpse of snow covered mountain peaks. The Griz has spoken, and another winter is here! To quote the great ski movie Aspen Extreme, "Another season in Paradise... Open the mountain!"

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Nov 30, 2010 in Outdoors

Dreaming of a White (And Green) Christmas

My vision of Christmas in Fernie is an apparition of white and green. More than a manifestation of colour, Christmas is a tradition steeped in images, sounds and mixed emotions. The cold clarity of virgin snow can purify our thoughts and transform our thinking to live more in harmony with nature.

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Nov 30, 2010 in Outdoors

Mackensey Young - Alpine Ski Racer

Fernie is home to one of Canada’s most successful Alpine Ski Racing Clubs – the Fernie Alpine Ski Team, or FAST. This club draws not only local ski enthusiasts in Southeastern British Columbia, but Southern Alberta as well. Over the last 17 year the club has grown from approximately 30 kids to more than 200, impressive to say the least. Rod Timm has been head coach during this time and actually won the Jason Lapierre Memorial Domestic Coach of the Year award at Alpine Canada’s 2010 Awards of Excellence.

Posted by admin on Nov 30, 2010 in Outdoors

Old and New School Boxing

When I first decided to write a sports column for the Fix I contacted many Fernie sports clubs and quickly learned Fernie was more than just skiing and mountain biking - much, much more. In fact there are so many sports clubs in Fernie, ranging from figure skating and dancing to curling, hockey and even arm wrestling, that there was no way I could write one article to cover them all. Each club is unique and has a special caliber of athletes with their own stories. I look forward to exploring all of them and sharing what I learn with you.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Nov 30, 2010 in Outdoors

Underwater Creatures, Cool Measures of Quality

Water in the Elk River will never look the same to me. Under that glassy clear surface are cool critters. Without a backbone, large enough to see with the naked eye, these larval stage insects live in this watery world for weeks, years or for their entire life.

Last month I mucked about in an urban creek taking Streamkeepers training. Amongst the discarded bicycles wedged in river sediment and rusting shovelheads were wriggling, crawling creatures on the rocks, floating in the water and trapped in the river gravels.

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Oct 29, 2010 in Outdoors

Racers' Corner - Caleb Brown, Free Skier

Racers’ Corner is back, and this time with athletes pursuing winter athletic endeavors. Caleb Brown is our first featured racer and our youngest to date. He’s currently climbing the ranks among free skiers and making a name for himself on the circuit, and caught our eyes last year after having a stellar year.

Posted by Fix on Oct 29, 2010 in Outdoors

Local Hockey - The Ghostriders

Most people come to Fernie for the snow. With an average snowfall of almost 30 feet a year one could see why. The population can double in size in the winter with eager skiers and boarders from various parts of the world, and they all come to experience Fernie pow. What they also find while here are some of Fernie’s other hidden treasures; warm friendly people, amazing restaurants, great local watering holes, jobs that let you come to work late when it snows...and one of Fernie’s greatest treasures the Fernie Ghostriders.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Oct 29, 2010 in Outdoors