The OK stems from riding Friday at Island Lake Lodge where fresh tracks were endless. Secondly, it hasn’t snowed for two weeks and locals, myself included, had effectively hiked and skied every run prior to Saturday’s opening.Otherwise the opening was great! The snow coverage was excellent and the sun rose to the occasion both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was quite busy as the powder frenzy was in full effect however Sunday was quieter and the three cm’s of fresh snow made for soft turns everywhere.

Opening weekend is about more that bottomless powder, it’s about people with similar passions and philosophies coming together. It was great having ski friends from Toronto and Calgary in our home and equally as nice seeing those countless faces that compose the Fernie locals scene.

To bring my 13th Fernie opening weekend to an end I sat in the Griz bar and enjoyed a Fernie Brewing Griz Pale Ale in honour of the Griz.

Bring on more snow!!


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