By Powder Matt
Canadian Rockies ski season of 2011-2012 is full of memories that made last winter very special for me. It was truely a celebration of Snow, Community and Tradition.
We had snow and more snow and it did not register how good it was until we started getting many of the ski writers and photographers coming to Fernie, British Columbia from their usual haunts in Colorado, Utah, Europe and California due to those regions lack of snow last winter. To sum it up one photographer said, this is ‘friggen amazing!’ as many of them added days onto their skiing and snowboarding adventures to capture more of the essence of deep that filled the 5 Bowls of Fernie Alpine Resort. All had great stories and images to share but think the hands down winner if there was a powder contest goes to local ripper and videographer, Dylan Siggers with this video capturing the ‘Freshie Moment’ of an epic storm cycle that dumped close to 5 feet before it moved on the Prairies.
As the over 37 feet of snow that fell last winter certainly created crazy deep images and snow dreams for those that skied it last winter, there was another defining moment that will over time create more skiing and riding memories as skiers and riders get more opportunities to experience the terrain that opened from the installation of the new Polar Peak chairlift. This lift opened in January, 2012, to celebrate the 50 years of skiing history at Fernie Alpine Resort and the 20 plus new runs it opened up, provided a menu to celebrate for the core skiing and riding community.
It was a winter that brought many of the ski community together. Many legends, ski bums, local skiing enthusiasts, backcountry skiers, community leaders and skiing pioneers returned to Fernie to celebrate the 50 years of skiing history. We all joined together to share the tributes, stories and tales from the ski community- from past employees, to current team members, from those who have lived in Fernie for a year to those who have lived here all their life. There were so many special memories from this season long celebration but what stands out for me was the shared stories and tales from the pioneers of skiing in our community. Now those treasured tales will not be forgotten and it was so special to be able to celebrate their lives and accomplishments of the many who have shared their passion for skiing in Fernie, British Columbia.
This was truely a ski season filled with epic memories.