Fernie Trail Map & Terrain

I’ve been looking at various trail maps for resorts in Canada and I thought I’d start with the map for Fernie. [If you click on the picture below, it will take you to an image that you can actually see – at www.skifernie.com]

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Thoughts: Fernie Trail Map

It’s an interesting terrain map: lots of bowls, lots of tress and well spread out.

To be honest, I’m not sure if there’s some special significance to a bowl? I’ve always just assumed that a bowl formation of terrain is good for powder conditions, supported by the term powder bowls. Whether or not that’s even close to the mark, Fernie has a fair number of them, and is renowned as having loads of deep, fresh powder; the annual snowfall is close to 9m. Sick.

What Fernie isn’t renowned for is it’s park. It’s for this reason that I was surprised when I looked at some pictures of last season’s setup. [update: RCR is only running a small rail park in Fernie]

Maybe I’m naive as to how good some of the other parks are in Canada? I’m not saying that the Telus park in Fernie is amazing, but it does look good. It looks like you could have a lot of fun there.

It also seems that Fernie’s a good place to get some cat boarding in, which is definitely something I’d like to do…

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4 Comments

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Good point.I was also wondering if they maintain this level of park all season long… or if they took these pictures some time near to one of their events.Still, it’s promising.

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Simon

    The park can have some sweet jumps and tables, but with no lift to access it you have a 2 lift 20 min loop to get another run through it. You can walk back up but you will soon get sick of this. Im sure i stumbled across a online petiton to install a button lift for 08.

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Hey, that’s good that the park is great all season long – although it seems that the common opinion is that the access is poor, and hiking can be an ass!I might see if I can find that online petition that Simon mentioned 🙂I don’t think the park is the most important thing at Fernie though – like you said, the bowls are awesome!Cheers, Gav

  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Charlotte

    The park looked great all season – but hiking it gets old really quickly. They had two smaller parks which were off lifts but one only had rails/boxes and the other was badly maintained and only there for the last month or so of the season. Fernie is still great though – the bowls are awesome and we had some amazing powder days! It’s pretty steep too, if you like that sort of thing.

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