Outdoors

Keeping your Body Balanced

Most people harbour imbalances in their bodies from the activities they do in daily life without even realizing it.

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Feb 27, 2010 in Outdoors

Fernie Free Skiing

Fernie is just one of those special places, a place that is still waiting to live up to its full potential while fully enjoying the slow rise to stardom.

Posted by admin on Feb 27, 2010 in Outdoors

Weather Watching

Each morning of the ski season, the Ski Patrol is engaged in ongoing avalanche risk assessments. Of the multiple daily chores, one stands out for its precision, tradition, and importance: The Standard Weather Observation.

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Feb 27, 2010 in Outdoors

Strategies for Sport and Survival

Canadian athletes train years, weeks, months, days and hours to achieve the Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius”. Wildlife in the Canadian Rockies has evolved over millennium to simply survive winter. Which animals have the swiftest, highest and strongest adaptation strategies?

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Feb 27, 2010 in Outdoors

Apres Ski at FAR

After a day full of tough decisions - Snake or Red Tree? Concussion or Easter? Mini or Mighty? – it doesn’t seem fair that you have to make yet another pivotal decision, that could truly make or break your day. Where to après? It’s a tough one and with an increasing number of choices of where to rest your weary limbs and reward that well-oiled machine of yours, it can really mess with your mind. So, a we’ve decided to lend you a helping hand and lead you to safety, to ensure that your après can feel as good as the pow…

The Griz Bar

Posted by Abi Moore on Jan 30, 2010 in Outdoors

February Patrol Report

The curse of the traverse…

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Jan 30, 2010 in Outdoors

Rodents: Gnawing or Awesome Creatures?

Floating through powder, turns rhythmic, in the zone, I am startled by a voice above. “Watch out for the … porcupine!” What? Did he say porcupine? My naturalist senses kick into action and above me, within spitting range, crossing the bottom of Boomerang is a blunt faced, waddling bundle of long spiky hairs.

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Jan 30, 2010 in Outdoors

Top 5 Fernie Slackcountry Experiences

Photo by Chad Chicilo

Fernie Alpine Resort has some excellent skiing, but just outside the boundary ropes lie something even better. The slackcountry. What is slackcountry? A backcountry experience with easier access. But just because it is easier doesn’t mean it doesn’t carry with it the same risks as the real backcountry. It should never be accessed without the same training and gear, and remember these areas are not controlled or patrolled.

Mongolia Ridge

Posted by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2010 in Outdoors

Three Times a Charm

In some cultures, three is a lucky number and now it has become mine! Yes, I am embarking on the journey to my third Olympic Games. At the ripe old age of 29 I feel that I am finally ready to compete at home in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. It will be a dream come true and an honour beyond words.

Posted by Emily Brydon on Jan 15, 2010 in Outdoors

Top 5 Fernie Slackcountry Experiences

Photo by Chad Chicilo

Posted by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2010 in Outdoors

Once in a Blue Moon

2010 started under the lunar shadows of an auspicious occurrence, a blue moon on New Year’s Eve, not to be repeated again until August 2012. This unusual celestial event, a second full moon in a calendar month, got me thinking about some of the exceptional local nature experiences that happen “once in a blue moon”. Sometimes perceived as commonplace to us, these are truly rare for many people around the world.

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Dec 30, 2009 in Outdoors

January Patrol Report

The Fernie Alarm Clock?

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Dec 30, 2009 in Outdoors

Uncharted Territory

It was a clear powder day mid season in 1993. We had taken the Face Lift and saw a boot pack leading to a nice pocket of snow below the rocks of Lizard Bowl, took off our skis and started the quick ascent. Just 13 at the time, consequences were never considered mostly because we didn’t realize what they were. Hiking the saddle into Curry Bowl, it was the same thought process. “Wow, someone put in a boot pack, let’s drop in too!” Transceivers? Nope. Shovels? They’re too heavy! Probes? What are those? Knowledge of the terrain? Not a clue.

Posted by Fix on Dec 30, 2009 in Outdoors

News from the Patrol

Supercool?
Yes, supercool indeed. That’s how it all begins, with ‘super cooled’ water droplets. Under the correct atmospheric conditions, with the presence of a “freezing nuclei”, super cooled water droplets form tiny ice crystals that grow to form snowflakes. These snowflakes then blanket the Elk Valley, creating our legendary white, wintery playground!

Posted by Fernie Ski Patrol on Nov 26, 2009 in Outdoors

Snow Stories

Winters first snow reads like a book you don’t want to put down: drama, unique characters, mystery, and one-of-a-kind illustrations mapping out a compelling plot.

In summer animals are concealed by a thick drape of plant foliage. As the sun falls toward the horizon, leaves drop, and a white canvas stretches over the landscape revealing animal behaviour. Winter is the season to read stories in the snow.

Posted by Lee-Anne Walker on Nov 26, 2009 in Outdoors

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