Bernie's Report - February 04, 2003
Looking at the Bright Side
It was a glorious day on the mountain. Plenty of sunshine and cool temperatures on the upper mountain. The only missing ingredient was the deep soft snow. The few centimetres that we received Sunday night helped, but there is still not yet enough snow to adequately cover the hard pack on the groomed runs nor the crusty snow off-piste. Some runs, such as Shakey�s Acres, benefited from the sun and wind. Thanks to the afternoon sun and some blown in snow, these areas provided for some pleasant turns.
I stayed pretty much on the groomed runs most of the day. Picking areas in the sun and along the edges of the runs, resulted in some good fast cruising. Area that remained in the shade most of the day stayed hard packed and in spots, icy. I purposely avoided areas such as Gilmar Trail and Lower North Ridge. These high traffic areas are in desperate need of snow.
In summary: If you are the racer type, that likes fast, hard packed cruising or someone with rubber legs who enjoys the hard packed moguls� Fernie is the place for you right now!
BTW... The run on Sunday's report is "Quite Right"
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