The dedicated 50th Ski Celebration, volunteer committee have pulled out all the stops in creating what has to be the most unique collection of community events, storytelling and most importantly the celebration of the Passion and People involved in 50 years of Skiing in Fernie.
Beginning March 1st and culminating with Ski Heritage Week (March 17th-March 24th), there is a slew of don’t miss activities and events, some like ‘History and Chronology of Cat Skiing in the Fernie area’ and ‘History of Snow Safety in the Southern Canadian Rockies’, have never been done before. If you are a keen skier, passionate about skiing and or just want to hear perspective from some of Canada’s top Ski Media, you will want to take part in a session on ‘What will the next 50 years bring for the sport of Skiing and current Ski trends’, led by Iain Macmillan, Editor of Ski Canada Magazine, Mountain sport writing legend, Whistler local and Editor emiterius, Skiing Magazine, Mike Berard and Krista Turcasso, Fernie local and co-founder of the Fernie Fix. This is sure to be a lively session as each one of them will have a dynamic and different perspective. Next up is Al Raine, Mayor of Sun Peaks Resort Municipality, who will share his wealth of knowledge and expertise on the ‘History of Ski Development in BC and the Future of Mountain Living Towns’. Ending Ski Heritage Week with be a spirited session by Sheldon Decosse, Decosse Custom Skis, and Mitchell Scott, Publisher, Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine, called ‘Building Brands for the Future’.
If all of this is not enough- during Ski Heritage Week, the celebration of 50 years of Skiing is taken from the ‘Mountain to Mainstreet’ as everyone in the community of Fernie celebrates the ‘Powderful tradition of Skiing, People and Passion’ in this mountain town cradled by the Rocky Mountains. The endless fun continues with a community street party with live band on Mainstreet, BC Telemark Association Race Weekend, Ski Instructors Reunion, Torchlight ski run, Fireworks and ends with the Griz Bar Heritage Ski Party. And if this still is not enough….snow and more snow keeps on falling in Fernie, close to 40 cm of fresh Pow fell in 24 hrs and more than 100 cm new this week!!! Fernie, legendary Powder, continues to have some of the deepest snow in North America and the most snow in the Canadian Rockies, now that is Powderful History!
See the events section for details.