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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s something about those 80′s!