Originally Posted by pbertoewrn
It's Jan 15 and they have not opened Currie Bowl since before Christmas. Folks from around the world can not experience what Fernie has to offer. I have been skiing here for over 20 years and each year it gets worse. Today we rec'd about 15cm overnight and all bowls were closed. They have also started to put up ropes on many runs which will cause more frustration. The patrolers who have been here for a while are also frustrated with the management and are slowing moving or changing jobs. Its too bad since it can be a great hill for skiing, old lifts and all. They are still one of the most expensive hills to ski. Now that Revelstoke is on the map, many folks have decided to try it out. When the on hill accommodations become available I am sure Fernie will lose many repeat guests. Fernie should take note from Whistler who bring in other avalanche expertise to assist when needed. Fernie is in big need at the moment.
I have been skiing Fernie as well for over 17 years but respectfully disagree with some of your statements. I won't comment on managment or the work environment as I can't contribute here. I will say that the Avi conditions are the worst that we have seen in years. Up until the last 2 weeks, Fernie had like 60 cms (2 feet) of accumulated snowfall. Today they sit at over 250cms. With the faceted bottom layer and the 6 feet of dense snow on top, the snow pack is upside down. A recent anaology in the the South Rockies Avi bulliten suggested to imagine it as plywood sitting on marbles, sitting on popcorn and tilting it. Here is an excerpt from today:
"Basically the region has an unstable snowpack with facets and depth hoar at the bottom, a dense mid-pack , which is now getting incrementally loaded by storm snow. Not a good recipe!
On the divide the 150cm snowpack has facets and depth hoar (very airy and weak) below a denser 70-80cm slab with about 5cm of low-density (light) new snow on top. In the Fernie area the 200+cm snowpack has 30-60cm of low-density new storm snow on a settled, firmer mid-pack which sits on the very weak facets and a facet/crust combination. In both areas the wind and temperatures will work the soft surface snow into a soft slab or hard slab which makes the snow more likely to avalanche."
There have been reports of whumpfing triggering slides remotelty from 400 M (quarter mile) away. I seriously suggest anyone who intends any back country travel in the area to check out this report. If you still think that Mountain safety is over cautious, good luck to you.