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]
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…