When in Rome, Ok Fernie, British Columbia

Posted By: Freeride Chronicles on February 18, 2015 5:52 pm

A few weeks back we experienced Fernie Alpine Resort in Fernie, British Columbia during the Kokanee Snow Dreams Festival. There’s no place that does 80’s events like Fernie Alpine resort, In fact the movie Hot Tub Time Machine was shot in Fernie.
Looking into the Lizard range from the Alpine town of Fernie, British Columbia

Looking into the Lizard range from the Alpine town of Fernie, British Columbia. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

Whats that saying, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’ When I heard there was an 80’s theme going on at the resort, I was all in, as well as 5 good friends like Desi Leipham who almost blew a gasket at this chance to dig into one of her costume trunks. I think this woman has a costume fetish as she has dozens of wigs and over 20 superhero costumes. I wonder what other kind of costumes she might have? 
 Fernie has 5 Alpine bowls which are are served by 10 lifts, so accessing their 2500 skiable acres is pretty easy. Let’s not forget their leg crushing vert of over 3500, which is the biggest vert in the Canadian Rockies.
Fernies Polar Peak Chair. 7000' elevation

Fernies Polar Peak Chair. 7000′ elevation. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

Day one of the Snow Dreams Festival was going to be unusually warm for January with temps in the high 30′s. Being this was our first adventure to this event, we wore normal ski clothes just to make sure other people were wearing costumes on the hill. 
Lot's of Steeps to be had at Fernie as Devin Dufenhorst shows us

Lot’s of Steeps to be had at Fernie as Devin Dufenhorst shows us. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

Desi working one of the ridges in the Currie Bowl

Desi working one of the ridges in the Currie Bowl. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

With  4” of snow from the previous nights snowfall we hit up the Timber Bowl Express Quad and spun a few laps to warm up. Next we loaded the White Pass Chair in Currie Bowl to hit the chutes which we found out has plenty of Steeps, rocks and exposed terrain. For an in-bounds experience, this is the real deal here.
Tommy Frey getting that hip to drop

Tommy Frey getting that hip to drop. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

By noon things were warming up and getting thick, so we hit the groomers and explored some of the other bowls like the Lizard Bowl which has plenty of varying terrain options.
Warm conditions still made for some fun skiing at Fernie

Warm conditions still made for some fun skiing at Fernie. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

Throughout the day we came across several skiers wearing 80′s gear. We were now ready for Sunday!
Day 2, Sunday morning we squeezed into the 80’s gear and when I say squeezed in, that is a severe understatement.
Love the steeps and Bluebird skies at Fernie

Love the steeps and Bluebird skies at Fernie. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

It was going to be a stellar day with clear skies, so we straight lined back to the Currie Bowl to ski the chutes again where we were still able to find some pockets of freshies.
Flock of Seagulls-Bob Legasa busting out the Shifty

Flock of Seagulls-Bob Legasa busting out the Shifty. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

When in Rome

When in Rome. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

If this doesn't say 80's, I don't know what does skier: Tommy Frey

If this doesn’t say 80′s, I don’t know what does
skier: Tommy Frey. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

We spent a good couple of hours playing in the chutes in full 80′s gear getting lots of Cheers from the Chair below. By 1pm we had our share and we needed to hit the road and head back across the border to the Good ol US of A.

Nothing better than the wind blowing through your hair

Nothing better than the wind blowing through your hair. Photo: Freeride Chronicles

There’s something about those 80′s!
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A former member of the United States Freestyle ski team, Bob Legasa combined his passion for skiing, outdoors and storytelling and created Freeride Media. Bob has won numerous Society of Photo Journalism Awards and a highly coveted Emmy Award. With over 25 years as a professional Freestyle skier Bob has taken his knowledge of the sport into a variety of different fields including, Television, journalism, coaching, and event management. Bob's passion for skiing can be seen on The Freeride Chronicles Together with his wife Jane of 21 years Bob has two beautiful girls Alli and Hannah. The entire family loves to ski and they can be found most every winter weekend skiing at Schweitzer Mountain.


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