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Question Fernie

Discussion in 'Canada' started by hatto, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi Brains Trust
    When is the most likely best time to go to Fernie
    Dec-Jan
    Mid Feb-March
    Looking to do a 4 week trip
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    cheers
     
  2. sly_karma

    sly_karma Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mid Feb. More time for snowpack to accumulate, longer daylight hours, milder temperatures, fewer Aussies.
     
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  3. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fernie is renowned for good early season conditions.
    https://bestsnow.net/
    Sounds like either time frame you will have a ball.
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    And more expensive per night?
     
  6. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Accom is included in deal
     
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    Spent 4 days skiing in January 2 years ago.
    Good time and very good snow conditions
     
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    andrewn Hard Yards

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    I did the 6 week ski version of this a few seasons ago (the 4 week option is new). Had a great time and would highly recommend.

    To answer the original question, Feb is probably the best time. Jan was cold af and didn't snow much.
     
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  10. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, much appreciated, dates are somewhat flexible depending on others.
    This is something i would love to do with my two sons before I get to old however youngest has uni commitments for next couple years so maybe stuck with dec-jan.
    Happy to keep chatting in thread or PM if you wish to share anything
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm not sure i'd go to Fernie in Dec-Jan.
    It needs a bit of snow to open up the real interesting terrain.

    have a good read through here.
    You could be here for hours.
    http://www.redtree.com/far
     
  12. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow great link - information overload.
    Thanks for sharing
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cheers Donzah, that should keep me busy for a while
     
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    LDJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I probably agree Feb/March ideal but I had an awesome time in Fernie from Christmas to New Year. Plenty of powder, good conditions but fecking cold -27C. The challenge with early season in Fernie and powder highway as a whole is that a lot of the offpiste traps are only just covered so you need to be extra careful. Eg. At Fernie turn turn turn all in lovely powder then hit 2 just buried thick bushes and 1ski gets caught = human catapult. Funny for my skiing colleagues. As always will depend on what type of early season they have.
     
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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    That is cold. I suppose a good excuse for new gear. Never been cold in Japan but.........
    Basically the course is whole of Jan or Whole of March
     
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    andrewn Hard Yards

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    I'd never had an issue in Japan either but Jan in Fernie was a bit of a shock!

    If you've got questions on the course then happy to answer here or via PM. But in summary; excellent instructors, great mountain and a really good mix of people. I made huge improvements in my skiing. The backcountry stuff wasn't the main focus (at least when I did it) but the Boulder Hut was the highlight of the trip.

    Only negative is that the weather at Fernie can be a mixed bag. It's awesome until you get a day around +5c and everything turns to snot and freezes overnight. The mountain basically turns into one big ice block and is far worse than anything I'd dealt with in au.
     
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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    They seem to have different focused courses now, i am looking at the Backcountry/off piste one, they also have park, instructor, skills improvement etc
     
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    Yep, They had all those options two years ago but have just now offered 4 week option for MTM as a lot of feedback was it was difficult for most people to get 6 weeks leave. MTM Master the Mountain is the off Piste backcountry course.
     
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