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Epic hospitality at Fernie

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Thread Starter 
Thanks to Poodlebitespoodlechewsit and his buddy Voyteck for showing some east coast flatlanders a good time in Fernie last week! Sorry we chased away the snow... Thanks again, men. We'll be back.

Aaron
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Does voithech happen to be a thoracic surgeon orginally from Czech republic?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Actually, an engineer, I think, from Poland. Great guy, too. Was involved in the early Solidarity movement there -- said most of his cronies are still there and in parliament and have long forgotten where they came from (to his chagrin).
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I am formally known as Poodlebites.......
couldn't get logged in under that name any more so this is the one I use on all the skier boards now.

Anyway glad you all had a good holiday Aaron! Sorry I never tied up with you guys on Saturday, but the wife and I made a spur of the moment decision and took off to Kicking Horse. They should change the name of that mountain to " Kicking Ass" because thats what it is total kick a$$ terrain.
We had a great day there on sunday, I got some pic's I will post at a later date.
Once again I am sorry I never got in touch with you to let you know what the scoop was.
Talk at you later!!
Cheers!!
post #5 of 9
Ferniefreeheels,

Hey could you post a report of your trip to Kicking Horse. The Gathering is going there next year and some people have not heard of the place. A good report would help out for those who don't know.

Ed
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I made my first visit to Fernie last Feb. and my timing was about as bad as possible. It hadn't snowed in two weeks and the week prior it rained and froze everything up. I was only there for the weekend. Saturday morning they experienced a power failure and the whole right half of the mountain was closed! That put everybody on one half the mountain and the gravel and rocks were coming up on the heavily skied runs.
Sunday everything was open but to say the conditions were scratchy would be an understatement. Fernie is no doubt a great ski mountain and it was disappointing not to have been able to ski it in better conditions.
I still think I might prefer Sunshine over Fernie. But in all fairness I didn't get a fair reflection of how good the skiing can be at Fernie. I like the continuous fall line on Goat's Eye at Sunshine.
post #7 of 9
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Roundturns, you really know how to make a guy feel lucky! When Fernie's website bragged "what's new this year," now I know why they mentioned "major electrical upgrades"! Wow. Our conditions weren't very good, either, but over-all, we had a good time, and like you, felt Fernie had a lot of terrain worth coming back for in better conditions.
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Originally posted by PowDigger:
Ferniefreeheels,

Hey could you post a report of your trip to Kicking Horse. The Gathering is going there next year and some people have not heard of the place. A good report would help out for those who don't know.

Ed
just did a red mt., whitewhater, kicking horse, fernie, big mt., schweitzer, silver mt., mt. spokane loop. Yes, mt. spokane. Kicking Horse: 1 1/2 hrs. due west of Banf/Lake Louise,in the Purcells (jagged, Tetonesque, but a little lower, 6.5-9k). 4100 ft. plus of verticall, consistently steep top to bottom, multiple bowls, great lift infrastructure, low frills, not many people. A couple of hotels in Golden in the Ramada range, several motel-8 like options, and one hostel, $25 CA a night with a comunal kitchen and lots of fun people. Phenomenal skiing for those who crave steeps & hard core terrain. Banf/Lake Louise, Fernie, or Big Mt. is better for the kiddies. Take your ski buddies to the Horse though, it won't disappoint. If you really like low frills-ski your balls off, small town ski action and like to hike, check out red mt. and the Ram's Head Inn, my favorite for years.
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Thanks. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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