WOW! It has been a truly epic week of powder snow in Fernie BC – definitely my favourite week of the winter so far! The week began with an excited buzz in the Nonstop Red Tree Lodge as it started puking snow on Friday, and didn’t stop all weekend long. Beginning on Saturday with 34cm and more during the day, then on to a massive Sunday when we woke to 56cms and it continued with 8-10cms each hour all day long. The snow was so light and dry that it was skiing like it was 1m deep, I saw the first patrollers reach the bottom of Timber Chair with waist-deep snow! It was a day of face-shots, giggles and a whole lotta whooping! Lucky, lucky Georgie from our London office timed her annual trip to Fernie perfectly – check out the shots of Georgie and I hitting the big powder off the Boom chair on Sunday…
Monday came around and the Griz was still smiling on Fernie Alpine Resort. I couldn’t believe that it could get better, but as Nonstop course host Jenny said; it was the turns of the season! More fresh snow, and finally a bit of visibility meant that the hard working ski patrollers could finally open up Curry, Lizard and lower Cedar Bowls. There were reports of near drownings as our intrepid Nonstoppers claimed their 1mchampagne powder fresh tracks in the untouched bowls of Fernie. Get on to the Nonstop Facebook page for photo and video evidence of their day.
We’ve had a meter and a half of snow here at Fernie in the last week and it has tipped the total snowfall at Fernie to over 8m for the season thus far – but with spring storms fast approaching there is plenty more to come! Yeah POW!
Sadly our 6 week Master the Mountain course finished up last week, but the bus left with only 8 of them on it! The rest of the gang have changed their flights and will be sticking around to enjoy Fernie and the other BC mountains for a little bit longer. MTMers Martin, Gav, Matt and Kirsty yesterday completed their epic Fernie bucket list with over 10,000 meters vertical and 53km of riding in a single day, as well as ticking off the last of the 142 named runs and chutes on the piste map. Massive effort – kudos to you all!!
Last night I had dinner with one Nonstopper who claimed 19 days straight on snow – everyone is thoroughly shattered, but the conditions are just SO good that no one can stop themselves from another day on the slopes. Or to the bars for that matter, last night one of our multi-talented Nonstoppers played the Brickhouse to a happy crowd of Nonstoppers enjoying the local brews. With the Griz Days Festival this weekend, I’d say there’ll be no opportunity for rest – check in next week to see how many days these crazy Nonstoppers are up to!