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Early Season at Fernie?

post #1 of 28
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i'm coming up to ride on december 15, and fernie's website (and onthesnow.com) aren't updating the snow conditions. i'm assuming they are waiting for opening day, but right now all i can get are the snow stats from 2 weeks ago.

i'm not asking for any crystal-ball b.s. or anything like that, but for those of you actually from around fernie, can you tell what the snow situation CURRENTLY looks like? from the live cams, it looks like the snow isn't really makin it to the base at all. and from the weather, it looks like you guys are just cold and without any notable precipitation. does fernie blow much snow? is this the kind of mountain that can get opened up with one good storm? any input is appreciated. thanks.

-kevin
post #2 of 28
Currently, there is no snow in town. There is enough snow to ski above the top of the lifts. There is enough to turn the trails sort of white.

It is real cold, but they only make snow at the bottom, so that won't bail us out.

I went to Panorama to watch the races. Only time I ever saw more snow there than here.

One good storm can do a world of good here. Let me know if it comes.

PM me for an update.

and welcome to Epic! Nothing like a new poster who joins as a supporter!

--newf
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
Currently, there is no snow in town. There is enough snow to ski above the top of the lifts. There is enough to turn the trails sort of white.

It is real cold, but they only make snow at the bottom, so that won't bail us out.

I went to Panorama to watch the races. Only time I ever saw more snow there than here.

One good storm can do a world of good here. Let me know if it comes.

PM me for an update.

and welcome to Epic! Nothing like a new poster who joins as a supporter!

--newf
thanks newfydog. not exactly what i was hoping to hear, but still. thanks. i'll be coming back for more updates later.
post #4 of 28
Also Craig's unofficial guide gives the straight goods on conditions at Fernie:

http://far.redtree.com/cgi-bin/far/index.py

as well as pictures and descriptions of each of the runs (warning: may increase salivation : to dangerous levels).
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by gnjantzie View Post
Also Craig's unofficial guide gives the straight goods on conditions at Fernie:

http://far.redtree.com/cgi-bin/far/index.py

as well as pictures and descriptions of each of the runs (warning: may increase salivation : to dangerous levels).
thanks. the sinking feeling is turning into more of an anxious feeling now. but here's to still hopin with fingers crossed
post #6 of 28
My birthday present was eight inches of powder.

Probably more on the hill, so that's a step in the right direction. We're going to groom the golf course and open it to XC skiing today!
post #7 of 28
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My birthday present was eight inches of powder.

Probably more on the hill, so that's a step in the right direction. We're going to groom the golf course and open it to XC skiing today!
MERRY EFFIN BIRTHDAY!!!

and who would have thought that iii would have gotten a gift too?
post #8 of 28
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all the weather forecasts show a little hope for the next few weeks
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
I went to Panorama to watch the races. Only time I ever saw more snow there than here.

--newf
Heading to Pano end of January. Hopefully this is a good sign for the season but I'm sure they made a ton of snow for the race.
post #10 of 28
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so is this latest storm looking like it's gonna play out?
post #11 of 28
Some wild sh**. It snowed all night at -16c and we picked up another 8" of pure fluff. It should snow for the next three days, except when it is raining. Forcasts all disagree how much snow vs rain. I think it is cold enough that it will be hard to just push the cold air aside.

The upper mountain is going to be set for sure.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
Some wild sh**. It snowed all night at -16c and we picked up another 8" of pure fluff. It should snow for the next three days, except when it is raining. Forcasts all disagree how much snow vs rain. I think it is cold enough that it will be hard to just push the cold air aside.

The upper mountain is going to be set for sure.
THANK YOU!!! :
post #13 of 28
We got 16" of powder today It was supposed to warm up this afternoon but never did. US forcasts for the area just south of here are pretty wild....roof collapses, blizzard conditions

..EXTRAORDINARY HEAVY SNOWFALL EVENT TO CONTINUE ACROSS LINCOLN
COUNTY THROUGH MUCH OF MONDAY...

.SYNOPSIS...BELOW IS A LISTING OF THE NUMEROUS SHORT TERM IMPACTS
THAT ARE EXPECTED/OR ALREADY OCCURRING OVER THE NEXT 24-36
HOURS...

1. HISTORIC KOOTENAI SNOW EVENT WHERE TROY HAS RECEIVED NEARLY 2
FEET OF SNOWFALL SINCE MIDNIGHT...AND THE EVENT IS ONLY
APPROACHING THE MID POINT.

2. POSSIBLE STRUCTURE FAILURES FROM HEAVY RAIN ON SEVERAL FEET OF
SNOW IN THE TROY...LIBBY AND POSSIBLY YAAK AREAS (TUESDAY.)

3. BLIZZARD EVENT ACROSS THE CAMAS PRAIRIE. WIND GUSTS ARE ALREADY IN
THE MID 50 MPH RANGE AND CLIMBING.
post #14 of 28
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Quote:
Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
We got 16" of powder today It was supposed to warm up this afternoon but never did. US forcasts for the area just south of here are pretty wild....roof collapses, blizzard conditions

..EXTRAORDINARY HEAVY SNOWFALL EVENT TO CONTINUE ACROSS LINCOLN
COUNTY THROUGH MUCH OF MONDAY...

.SYNOPSIS...BELOW IS A LISTING OF THE NUMEROUS SHORT TERM IMPACTS
THAT ARE EXPECTED/OR ALREADY OCCURRING OVER THE NEXT 24-36
HOURS...

1. HISTORIC KOOTENAI SNOW EVENT WHERE TROY HAS RECEIVED NEARLY 2
FEET OF SNOWFALL SINCE MIDNIGHT...AND THE EVENT IS ONLY
APPROACHING THE MID POINT.

2. POSSIBLE STRUCTURE FAILURES FROM HEAVY RAIN ON SEVERAL FEET OF
SNOW IN THE TROY...LIBBY AND POSSIBLY YAAK AREAS (TUESDAY.)

3. BLIZZARD EVENT ACROSS THE CAMAS PRAIRIE. WIND GUSTS ARE ALREADY IN
THE MID 50 MPH RANGE AND CLIMBING.
whoa, that sucks. it's hard to remember that the world does not just revolve around skiing. i'm from southern california, so when it starts to rain for the first time in a long time, there's always someone who is like, "yay, now i get to wear sweaters!" while someone in san bernardino is getting his house washed away...
post #15 of 28
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whoa, that sucks. it's hard to remember that the world does not just revolve around skiing. ...
I doesn't? I figure roof collapse is just natural selection. This is snow country. Bring it on!



post #16 of 28
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I doesn't? I figure roof collapse is just natural selection. This is snow country. Bring it on!
i get the feeling that those pictures aren't actually from this latest storm... but you could fill me with sweet lies and tell me that it is
post #17 of 28
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so is the prognosis rain?
post #18 of 28
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i am seeing my glimmer of hope vanish right before my eyes...
post #19 of 28
I won't be getting out unlil Monday or Tuesday. It should be basic frozen granular. Good carving snow. It sure won't be raining.

Go to Colorado or Austria or Vermont or somewhere.


OPENING DAY IS TOMORROW!!!
We will be opening with 3 lifts operation and limited terrain.

Reduced prices will be in effect:
Adult - $49 + gst
Senior - $39 + gst
Youth - $35 + gst
Child - $16 + gst
Terrain:
The Elk Chair will be accessing the Lizard run.
From the Timber Chair, Falling Star will be open, with marginal conditions near the base. The Timber Chair will also be available for downloading.
The White Pass Chair will be open with the following runs - Hot Chocolate, Falling Star to Timber Top, 100% Trail to Highline and Silver Lining, Lower Highline, Lower Silver Lining. Upper Milky Way and Upper Heartland will be open but not groomed. Non-groomed terrain is not recommended; please obey trail closures.
post #20 of 28
Kicking Horse has been getting good snow and is opening early this weekend. Sunshine has also been going strong and Goat's Eye has opened this weekend as well. Panorama also claims very good conditions.

Quote:
Goat's Eye Mountain opened today at 11am. All of Sunshine's lifts are now open. Excellent conditions through-out on 125cm base with 72cm fresh powder in past 6 days. Skiers and boarders rave about deep powder on Goat's Eye Mountain.
post #21 of 28
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so how was day #1? details! details! details!

% of terrain open?

coverage and surface conditions on open terrain?

anything!
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by lukc View Post
so how was day #1? details! details! details!

% of terrain open?

coverage and surface conditions on open terrain?

anything!
To quote Craig's report: "Not Horrible"

Quote:
There have been years when conditions were this bad on this date, but I don't recall the hill trying to open with so little snow and I must confess to having had doubts about the wisdom of trying it this year. However the on hill crew have done an amazingly good job of providing some fairly decent, albeit limited, skiing despite the lack of raw material to work with.
The full opening day report is at: http://far.redtree.com/cgmrep.html

Best news of the day: Lost Boy's Cafe has replaced their baked potato based menu with a more diverse (and much tastier looking) spread :
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by gnjantzie View Post
To quote Craig's report: "Not Horrible"



The full opening day report is at: http://far.redtree.com/cgmrep.html

Best news of the day: Lost Boy's Cafe has replaced their baked potato based menu with a more diverse (and much tastier looking) spread :
yeah. i've been checking craig's report every day... i feel like i'm on a ski-motional roller coaster
post #24 of 28
Snow-forecast.com is predicting about 5 or 6 inches over the next six days, which will help a bit but no major dump. On the bright side, the weather will be cool enough to enable them to fill in some of the lower runs with artificial snow, so it should be a little better.
post #25 of 28
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well... i leave for fernie tonight. here's hopin for the best
post #26 of 28
Snowin' pretty nicely right now. Cedar Bowl was open this mixed powder and chop yesterday. Found a good stash of boot top pow under the knot chutes. Boom chair is open. Groomers are great, off piste ranges from good to a brushpile. Could be worse.
post #27 of 28
snow-forecast.com says there will be plenty of snow over the next few days (40 cm on top during the next 6) so you should have a good one.
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 
fernie was great. thanks for all the info. ended up stopping by park city on our drive back to california. good times...
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