Fernie Day 5: Lost For Words

It’s our fifth day in Fernie, it’s 7am here. My Blogger settings are still configured for the UK, so sometimes the day number won’t match the post date… Today will be our fourth day on the mountain; yesterday was our third – which is what I’m going to tell you about now (I was way too tired last night!)

There was more fresh snow yesterday morning when we set out, enough to get us excited. They’d also opened most of Lizard Bowl which meant new, fresh powdered terrain to explore.

Ciara, Simon and I were looking for some fairly open terrain to get Ciara used to really picking the speed up in powder; with it being so deep here, it’s a totally new ball game for her (and me, kinda).

We found it, dead easy, just next to the Bear Chair. There was so much snow we could just lap it… Some deep bits, real fresh going through the trees, nice cat tracks to get air off, so good.

And that was the story of yesterday. Quite literally it was powder all day. You see, it didn’t really stop snowing at all. Tracks that were there at the start of the day were filled in by 2pm. By 3pm it looked like a fresh dump. Seriously, during the course of the day there was comfortably 6 inches of new snow!

Lapping in Lizard bowl in the morning, we moved to the White Pass area in the afternoon and continued to get fresh. Mart has been saying that he’s probably only ridden 6 runs or something since he’s been here – but it’s been powder all the way. I still don’t even know what this mountain looks like. I haven’t seen any groomed runs. It feels like I’m away from the runs all the time, but when you check the trail map at the end of the day you see that you’ve been on a marked piste!

And yesterday the snow was special. I’ve never seen anything like it. We were all lost for words. It was so light and fluffy, like cotton wool. I tried to take a picture of it, but I don’t think it does it justice.

Looking now at the data for the last 24 hours, Fernie is reporting another 20cm of fresh snow. I knew it. The forecast for yesterday was 3cm, and we got 20! The Griz heard us calling all right! That’s a full meter since Saturday when we rolled into town.

There’s no way I can shave this beard off now – despite the pain of facial freeze. I’m sure the Griz will understand that I trimmed the ‘tash a little πŸ™‚

Oh, I forgot, I also dropped a pretty sweet cliff yesterday, just under the Timber Bowl Quad. Mart had his camera out and I got a pretty nice shot. Yeah! The landing was steep and fairly soft, but not as soft as I would have liked. We dropped a smaller rock formation earlier in the afternoon and the landing was untouched, steep, and easily 40cm fresh. That’s more like it.

Here are some other pictures Mart took with the 30D… pretty cool. Will today simply be more of the same? It just won’t stop snowing, so why not, eh?


  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Wade @ treepilot.ca

    Good to see the Griz has delivered for you! Last week or so has been nuts at Fernie and Castle….

  • Reply April 13, 2010


    What he said! πŸ™‚ You’ve got some awesome pictures here. Keep it coming! πŸ™‚

  • Reply April 13, 2010


    Dudes, that looks mentally insane, Fernie rocks, hope yeah have the champagne powder for the whole two weeks, nice jumping Gav, we gotta ride together next season. Enjoying the blog……Martino

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Hey Martin, glad you’re enjoying the updates mate. Yeah we gotta go riding next season! The internet connection in our room has been down and it still aint fixed… I’m in a neighbouring hotel reception on their wireless updating things now… there’s more good stuff to come πŸ™‚

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Hey Joel, that’s the third time I’ve been told how good Revelstoke is in the last week. It sounds pretty good!Unfortunately I’m back in the UK now, and the prospect of another trip is this season is looking slim.There’s a good chance that we will head back to Canada next year, which should be great. Travelling around different resorts doesn’t look too easy mind, given that they’re pretty spread out.Who knows though, I might get a chance to hit it up on day πŸ™‚Thanks for posting, Gav

  • Reply April 13, 2010


    Hey I just found this blog while looking for Afterlame 2006 video. It’s a wicked blog and gonna get bookmarked for sure. You guys should check out Revelstoke Mountain Resort that just opened up this year. It’s not far from Fernie maybe 5 hours or so. I went on the weekend it was awesome. Not many runs. But its going to be a huge mountain when they add more lifts and such. tickets are only like 50 canadian for a day.

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