After receiving so many great recommendations to my thread earlier in the year, i thought best to start a trip report based on all my forum findings. Trip started out on 27th Dec, departing Melb-Vancouver-Calgary, for the start of our trip. First big win was to follow recommendations to get car hire pick up from downtown instead of airport pick up. Saved approx $400 AUD by booking a pick up via economy car rentals, with pick up at the Macleod Trail South office in Calgary, with first night accomodation at Holiday Inn directly opposite. Gas Station also opposite to make it easy to grab anti-freeze windscreen washer refill. Made for a really quick pick up and easy first nights accomodation before heading south to Fernie for our first ‘real’ stop of the trip. Checked out the Chinook Mall for dinner at Globe Fish, nice Japanese, tucked away in bed early after the long haul from Melb. Woke early, surprisingly good breakfast at Holiday Inn, 2 coffees and hit the road to Fernie. Useful tip 1 - no toilet breaks for 2 hours, no gas stations and not many places to pull over for a break. Scored a beautiful clear sunny day for the drive, so 3 hours later we’re checking to our great B&B at Blackstone B&B in the new Montane area , 3 mins out of downtown Fernie. Lunch at Big Bang Bagels, beer at the Northern and a great curry at The Curry Bowl (aptly named). Useful tip 2 - Blackstone B&B for their outdoor wood heated spa and tasty breakfast. Day 1 (disclaimer - 2 snow boarders) - Annemarie and I hit Fernie early, with conditions average. Annemarie had spent a few seasons here in the past and given me a run down on what Fernie is’usually’ like and to date this season, its been a slow start. We stuck to White Pass chair most of the day (as did everyone else) as a guide for the rest of the mountain being average. Pics attached - onwards to Rossland tomorrow in hope of better conditions.