We found some nice turns in Fernie over the New Years weekend - conditions were great at the top, but deteriorated a bit closer to the bottom of the hill with evidence of above freezing temperatures around halfway up the mountain. We arrived after a fresh snowfall so portions of the hill were closed for avalanche control, which made for some great turns if you caught the terrain as patrol reopened the terrain. There was some great snow off of the White Pass Chair, Upper Currie, and Upper Cedar.
The exit through the bottom of Currie Bowl was particularly icy, with rocks and alders poking through. The groomed track to skier's right was definitely the best route to get through the Currie Funnel.
The best turns of the weekend were in Upper Cedar bowl, including Snake ridge before it tracked out. When the fresh snow gets packed down, stick to mellower terrain as it will generally be more enjoyable. Check out a few photos in our Photo Gallery.
The general rule is stay in the upper half of the mountain and stay happy. Fernie will need a few fresh snowfalls and the temperatures to stay comfortably below zero to soften things up on top of the current snowpack.
Looking forward to checking out the new Polar Peak lift, now set to open January 14.