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Before You Spend Big Dollars To Ski Fernie Please Read The Stats Below

post #1 of 7
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As At April 2, 2011

 

Number of Days with over 5 cm snow = 42

Number of Days with Bowls Closed    = 61  (for the most part when 5 cm fall during the day the bowls start to shut down)

 

That is most of the upper mountain. This year has been a record year of snow fall and a record year for the number of skier visits down.  

 

post #2 of 7

I've heard it's been a really bad year for avalanche danger.  I guess Fernie gets hit worse than other resorts with different options/aspects.

 

post #3 of 7

There are an awful lot of avalanche-prone areas there.  One of our local patrollers patrolled up there for many years before coming here and tells me the sheer amount of terrain they have to get to just makes it really difficult to do.  I don't know if he told me the number of patrollers they devote to the task up there, but HERE it is less than you can count on one hand!!!  And they're not allowed to clock in "early" and skin up to do it, either.  Two guys might do it anyway, clocking in later, but it's sort of in secret or only with special permission.  Consequently, many of our blast areas may not open until after lunch.  And we have NOWHERE NEAR the % of our terrain that fills that category compared to Fernie. 

post #4 of 7

Those stats look pretty similar to ours. Number of days over 5 cm this season? Can't even count. Number of tram closures after storms? Ditto, but about 90%. It hurts.

Oh, yeah, number of "patrollers" dedicated to avy control? What, are you kidding?

post #5 of 7
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Just information for folks who are planning for next year. Revelstoke now has on hill accommodations and from what we are told the numbers are up this year again. We skied there for a week and really like the hill and the accommodation and the staff. Aval. control does play a part in closures, however they seem to get the areas with head walls, etc open after they bring down the snow. 

post #6 of 7
The amount if days closed after big snow falls at fernie will probably drop when the new lift opens up and it will be alot faster for them to do avy clearing through the alpine. Just my 2c.
post #7 of 7

Maybe, hopefully the new polar peak lift will help to speed things along and get the bowls open more often. 61 days with closures? thats terrible!

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