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Fernie-Panaroma-Kicking Horse - Info Wanted !!!

post #1 of 19
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I'll be on a 4 day FAM trip skiing Fernie, Panorama and Kicking Horse between 3/30 - 4/3. I skied KH one day last season and loved the steeps. Any feedback from local Bears on curent/projected conditions and favorite runs to try would be appreciated.

Thanks All !!!!!
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by falcon_o
I'll be on a 4 day FAM trip skiing Fernie, Panorama and Kicking Horse between 3/30 - 4/3. I skied KH one day last season and loved the steeps. Any feedback from local Bears on curent/projected conditions and favorite runs to try would be appreciated.

Thanks All !!!!!
Panorama is awesome.. Go to the very top (4 lifts up if I remember right) and come down the backside. There's all kinds of trails and glads and chutes out there... Not sure on how the snow is this year though> when I was out there a few years back we had a foot of fresh pow every morning.
post #3 of 19
Falcon,

Fernie is a wonderful mountain for exploring inbounds off piste terrain. There's stuff you can see from the chairs, but will have a hell of time figuring out how to get to. Other stuff you head into with no good idea of where you'll end up, but you are never really lost. Either find a local to show you the goods, or just go exploring and see what you find. With only 1-2 days, you'll only get to a fraction of it anyway.
post #4 of 19
For the non corporate Fernie spin go to Craig's Unofficial Fernie page at:
http://far.redtree.com/cgi-bin/far/index.py
For the official site:
http://www.skifernie.com/

Panorama may start to suck at this time of year so plan your days based on condition reports accordingly.

Kicking Horse should be OK up top.....never been but hope to soon.
post #5 of 19
The valleys around Panorama and KH have been getting warm temps. , enough that the logging has stopped for spring break up . This is a good indicator of what to expect , ie. the lower mnt. at KH will be questionable soon. Upper won't be to bad but don't expect anything epic unless theres a good spring storm. Panorama is in far better shape and should last till then with good spring conditions .
Fernie , well it's a crap shoot anytime for rain past the end of Feb. but with that rain often comes some big snow . Odds are you'll be skiing typical spring conditions at any of these , as for betting on powder Fernie first Panorama second and KH third.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 

Bear(s) Help

THANK YOU all for the feedback, including the web sites !!!! I'll hope for the best but accept whatever is there. A final tune up in Vermont this weekend then hopefully steep and deep on my AC4's.

Bears - thanks again for your help - Falcon
post #7 of 19
Falcon - you may want to revise your plans and hit Fernie, possibly the Horse, and then Banff.....best bet being Sunshine Village.
You can check my St Paddy's Day weekend post (moved to the Reports/Travel Forum) of how it can be there when others are hurting.
Great webcams at www.skibanff.com
post #8 of 19
I'm heading down to Castle and Fernie tomorrow for five days. I'll see if I can find an internet connection to post the current conditions while I'm down there. Planning the trip, I thought about Panorama, but reading between the lines on their snow report I got a distinct impression of typical spring conditions. Hence Fernie it is (followed by three days at Sunshine later next week). Sunshine is still in very good shape so keep it in mind as an alternate.
post #9 of 19
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Deemo & Qnjantzie - I appreciate the continued feedback and hope (Q) you'll be able to post a Fernie ski report. Last year I ran a trip to Banff, skiing Sunshine, Lake Louise and Kicking Horse (1 day). This trip is a FAM = familiarization, subsidized by the tour agency I used for my previous trip with the goal of securing business for next season. Thus I am locked into the areas they have chosen to visit - Frenie, Panaroma and Kicking Horse for a one day taste of each. If I had my choice, I would definately follow your recommendations.

Thanks again for the info - Falcon
post #10 of 19
Pity they left out Castle Mtn. just a little ways into Alberta from Fernie and Kimberley, a nice little family hill on the way to Panorama. Oh well, if they're paying the piper.....
post #11 of 19
I thought "FAM" meant family.....LOL
Ankle biters in tow.....
post #12 of 19
I see the RAIN word in the forecast for Fernie, Big Mtn, etc.

Is it raining there today? Might change plans.
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by chrisc
I see the RAIN word in the forecast for Fernie, Big Mtn, etc.

Is it raining there today? Might change plans.
as of 3:58 it is raining in Fernie. Great spring skiing yesterday.
post #14 of 19
Calgary is supposed to start getting a big dump Saturday afternoon to evening.
Hopefully Sunshine will see the same if not more.
Need to keep a watch out for the best day.....either Saturday but most likely Sunday.
post #15 of 19
Just come back from 10 days in Panorama. Conditions were great - there was a big dump just before we arrived - but just as we were leaving things started rapidly deteriorating. No snow for 2 weeks and spring weather means thin patches are starting to appear on most of the runs, and you can expect seriously icy conditions in the mornings.

Panorama is a great place to ski if you get some snow, though. We expected to need to visit other resorts to stave off boredom but that didn't happen - we could happly have stayed twice as long as we did.
post #16 of 19
Saturday March 25 changed to snow, not much yet but things are white and its still coming down!
post #17 of 19
It now snowing in Fernie 11:00 am
post #18 of 19

Just Back from Fernie & Castle

Friday, I went to Castle Mtn. for my first visit. I will be back next year, but it will be earlier in the season. Very springlike conditions (frozen corduroy in the morning on the lower runs, softening to slush in the afternoon). The upper runs were good, but you could tell that they were great a week or so ago. At one point I had to go back to the car to change from my midweight jacket to a shell due to the balmy temperature.

Saturday through Monday skiing at Fernie--Very good to excellent conditions in the upper bowls (I was skiing mostly blue cruisers). The green runs on the bottom of the hill were pretty soft, but as long as I skied off the White Pass, Great Bear, or Boomerang lifts, I was able to avoid those problems. Boottop powder on Monday morning in the Lizard and Currie Bowls. On Saturday they opened the Face lift so I was able to get some fresh tracks in mid-calf powder. The softening snow conditions are leading to some avy closures and warnings, so I don't know about the steeps for falcon_o, however I can heartily recommend the cruisers in Cedar Bowl, as well as Currie Glades and Currie Powder in Currie Bowl. The upper Lizard was pretty good as well. Forecast was for some precipitation this evening...hope for snow.

By the way....what gives with a ski resort which shuts their main bar at 11:00 pm on a Saturday night?...and shuts it at 6:00 the other days of the week?:
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thank you ALL for the continued, updated ski reports. Arrived back in Rochester, NY on Monday after 3 EXCELLENT days spanning the 3 resorts. Mostly spring snow but 5-6" fresh on top of Fernie on 3/31. Found good cruising, trees, bowls and chutes at all 3. Got to ski a day with Collan - head of ski school @ KH. Now that I've changed my shorts can say was DEFINATELY challenged !!!!!

Thanks again for all the Bear input - made a great trip better - Falcon
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