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Going to RK Heli in Panorama on Thurs and thought - snow being the main decision make - skiing Panorama Taynton bowl on Fri  and Fernie on Saturday.  Question how bad is Fernie on a Saturday?  Don't like crowds.  Could we hit Fernie early and get in some good skiing before crowd gets there ?  Thinking of LIZARD Bowl.  Help please.

 

Only skied Fernie 2 days a few years ago.

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Pete, you live the good life, eh?

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Pete, you live the good life, eh?

 



   Hi TC.   Yep definitely taking retirement seriously.  55cm at Purcells in last 3 days, Lookout has a 126 inch base.   Let it snow.

 

  My best TC and yes I will slow down in the trees.   My best, Pete

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Most Saturdays Fernie should be fine but you will wait for a chair, maybe 2 to 8 groups in front of you x 4 lines on Bear chair to ski Lizard Bowl. I would say the wait is rarely longer than 5 minutes, about the same length of time as a run in Lizard.

 

The real question is what will the snow be like? Lizard is often closed in the morning (along with most of the upper mountain) if they get more than 10-cm of snow. Today they posted 17-cm and lizard didn't open until 11 am.

 

The next question is if you are skilled enough to go heli skiing, why focus on skiing Lizard Bowl? There is far better skiing than anything in Lizard (although the saddles are good, if you can get to them) available off of Bear, Boomerang, Timberline and Whitepass chairs. The reviews of Fernie on this site give some hints about how to get to some good skiing. If you have a reason to ski Lizard (other than familiarity) then you can probably get some good suggestions for other runs you may like.

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Thanks, mention ed Lizard because familiar but will check out as you say.  thanks

 

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Most Saturdays Fernie should be fine but you will wait for a chair, maybe 2 to 8 groups in front of you x 4 lines on Bear chair to ski Lizard Bowl. I would say the wait is rarely longer than 5 minutes, about the same length of time as a run in Lizard.

 

The real question is what will the snow be like? Lizard is often closed in the morning (along with most of the upper mountain) if they get more than 10-cm of snow. Today they posted 17-cm and lizard didn't open until 11 am.

 

The next question is if you are skilled enough to go heli skiing, why focus on skiing Lizard Bowl? There is far better skiing than anything in Lizard (although the saddles are good, if you can get to them) available off of Bear, Boomerang, Timberline and Whitepass chairs. The reviews of Fernie on this site give some hints about how to get to some good skiing. If you have a reason to ski Lizard (other than familiarity) then you can probably get some good suggestions for other runs you may like.



 

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second vote to try the Boomerang chair area, best consistent fall line skiing on the hill (in my opinion) and about the only areas that does not involve considerable traversing. The ridges do have some nice runs off same but the access can be pretty slow and sometimes the trails to same are just nasty if its icy.

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   Hi TC.   Yep definitely taking retirement seriously.  55cm at Purcells in last 3 days, Lookout has a 126 inch base.   Let it snow.

 

  My best TC and yes I will slow down in the trees.   My best, Pete


Don't slow down, just go BETWEEN them!

 

 

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