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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.

The events of history often revolve around a search for gold. From 400 years ago Columbus setting sail with three ships to today’s prospectors wandering the Yukon and the panhandle of Alaska, men are driven with the desire to accumulate gold. With the Olympics upon us, another quest for gold takes precedence. The Talking Heads on the flat screens will be randomly ranking each athlete’s chances and bemoaning the slightest bobble that “cost them the gold”.

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.