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A shot down the main street of Fernie towards the Lizard Range and the ski hill.
(from a ski hill brochure)

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Fernie is a small town (pop 5000) located in the South Eastern corner of British Columbia. It is nestled in middle of the Elk Valley which runs roughly north south through the Canadian Rockies. Part of the Western side of the valley is made up by the Lizard range and on this range is the Fernie Alpine Resort ski resort.

At the base of the ski resort is a small subdivision called Timberline Village which is where we live. Although there are a few of us who live here full time, the majority of the homes are rented out as ski chalets. Some of these are pretty fancy, but our abode is more modest, although still pretty comfortable with a noce front yard and forest behind for an in the bush sort of feel.

Although Fernie was a mining town and the major economic driving force still comes from the mines further up the Elk Valley in Sparwood and Elkford, it is becoming known for fine powder skiing and great terrain. What often surprises people is when I say I actually prefer the summer. There seem to be endless opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, dirt biking, swimming, rafting and kayaking and fishing to name a few. I don't golf, but I have been told that the local golf course is also pretty decent.

BTW the picture to the left is definitely the kind of skiing I love, but that is not me. It is another picture from an old ski hill brochure.

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