December 04, 2001
The Original Fernie Recipe
Take two parts powder, stir gently
Add more powder - stir again
Add yet more powder - stir until legs well done!
From the whimsy you can probably tell that the Fernie of yore appears
to be back and things are looking pretty good out there. In fact the
conditions right now appear better to me than at any time last season,
at least through March.
It continues to snow and the hill reported a 138 cm base at the snow
plot this morning, with 153 cm having fallen in the last week. The
forecast is for more snow. Life is good!
Up on the hill the snow is knee deep or better and despite warm
temperatures the last couple of days, the new stuff is light and from
my very small sample, skis very well indeed. The cats are busy
packing down the lower runs and the occasional bang announces that
avalanche work continues up top. I wouldn't be surprised to see if
significant parts of the mountain were not open on Friday, not because
of lack of snow, but rather for avalanche closures. Friday by the way
is now officially opening day.
At 3:40 PM it is -4 C and the snow has just tapered of in the last few
Looking up from the base in the early afternoon as the snow falls and
the eager rise.
A group of new employees apparently get some sort of orientation
tour. In the background is the base of the Deer Chair with Snow
Creek lodge behind it and Cornerstone at the right.
The Chilkoot lives. Lizard Trail was a major uphill thoroughfare
today and it seemed like there were more folks on the hill today than
on some quiet pre-expansion days when the lifts were running.
Freeway, on the left, still has its share of twigs, but China Wall, on
the right, looked pretty good. I spoke with a fellow who rode it and
reported it was great.
Sunnyside still has some early season alderitis, but it definitely looked
like it also had some pretty nice lines already.
Bear was white - what more could you ask?
The bottom of the Bear Chair without the pretty rock garden featured most of
last year. :-)