So let me get this straight…..you want me to grab my ski gear, put on the brand spanking new Fernie Lodging Company jacket and hit the slopes to schmooze…and get paid to do it? START THE CAR!!!!! Seriously! With over 56cms of champagne powder falling on our magnificent mountain over the last 48 hours and over 143cms in the last 7 days…..don’t have to ask me twice…..colour me gone! Buh-bye! Best office job ever!!
From the King Fir Lodge at Timberline Lodges where our office is located I had an easy 12 minute walk to the lifts (I could have taken the shuttle but I wanted to limber up)…then decision time…head to the Elk Chair to hoot and holler through Cedar and Lizard Bowls or venture up the Timber… head for Currie Bowl to witness a little of the infamous ‘currie carnage’ when it first opens or go above and beyond to the Polar Peak Chair! You know what? Any decision is a good decision on a powder day…and trust me…what a powder day!! As I skied off the Elk and made my way down to the Boomerang, I hit my first fresh tracks of the day….woohoo!!! Once comfortably seated and rising, all I could hear were euphoric shrieks, screams of sheer delight and I even heard a little yodelling echoing through the trees and bouncing off the mighty Lizard Range!! As I traversed into Cedar Bowl my adrenalin started revving up…look at all this freaking snow!! Where is everybody? I have this bowl to myself! Are you kidding me? Then I dropped in and landed on a pillow of the most incredible champagne powder I have ever been in! Deep, deep blower pow!! Faceshot after faceshot….even choked a couple of times and I now understand the whole snorkel thing! I have never skied in such deep snow and the elation I felt and still feel are beyond comprehension! Pre-Christmas skiing at its best!! Thank you Griz!!
Another incredible experience here in the Elk Valley can be found at Island Lake Lodge where catskiing is second to none! With over 170cms in the last 5 days the conditions are epic! They still have availability this winter so don’t delay – call today! In fact, here’s what I would do if I were you. Give me a call and book into one of our cozy on mountain log cabins or luxurious condo suites, get your legs warmed up on the slopes of Fernie Alpine Resort, soak in your private hot tub and sip on some bubbly in the evenings and then head to Island Lake to enjoy the 2, 3 or 4 day tour you just booked…you did call, right? You will have enjoyed the best of both worlds here in Fernie! You may never want to leave!
I feel so blessed to live in this beautiful valley, being in the same town as my amazing sister Sue, a hop, skip and a jump away from my kids in Calgary and surrounded by so many good and special friends. This is definitely where I belong. I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years. Oh…and if you would like to get me a gift…let me make your winter vacation dreams come true….that’s really all want…I simply love my job!
Photo: Me after my first run down Cedar Bowl
Photo Credit: Me.....Heather Boyd