Today was going to be the second ski day at @ferniealpineresort with the @themaxpass forecast yesterday afternoon for today was for lots of snow so I got a lift ticket last night for today in order to go straight to the lift.
Woke up to rain at the @ragingelkhostel in Fernie and looked at the ski report and it was only reporting 3cm (about an inch). The only sensible thing was to make some bacon 🥓 and see if it was going to turn to snow. By 11:00am people were coming back to the hostel saying how bad the skiing was so it was an easy decision not to ski today.
One REALLY nice thing about Fernie and the other resorts they own is that if you buy a lift ticket and the conditions suck, you can take it back for a rain check that’s good anytime over the next 12 months if you return to the ticket sales office within an hour of when it was first scanned at the lifts. That’s unheard of among ski resorts (at least in the US) these days.
A number of years ago I bought the @epicpass and never got the chance to pick it up let alone use it. When I called @vail_resorts they just said sorry 😐 you’re SOL, no refund, no credit so have never gone back to a Vail property.
Around noon when it was clear the conditions weren’t going to get better I drove to the resort for a rain check. By that time the upper lifts were shutting down and it looked and sounded like the whole Mountain was encrusted in ice.
After a nice long nap back at the hostel the predicted snow was finally falling and temps took a huge nosedive. It’s supposed to keep dumping all night and then be partly sunny so it should be an epic day on the slopes tomorrow. After one more night in Fernie the next stop will be skiing at @skilouise where it looks like a snorkel will be needed to deal with the powder.
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There's two kind of people in this world right now. The ones that have seen 'The Greatest Showman' and the ones that haven't. I just joined the cool group finally, who's late to the game like me?!? 😁😁😁
This is the hostel before you get to Beauty Creek along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park. It’s probably me least favorite of the bunch cause it’s a bit cramped, especially in winter when everyone staying there is inside as soon as it gets dark.
It’s got a couple private rooms but mostly bunks and sleeps around 30. There are no showers and no running water though it does have water out of a tank for cooking and drinking. There’s a common area with a well supplied kitchen to use. There’s heat and solar powered lighting and limited WiFi that usually gets turned in for a couple hours a night. It’s also got a wood burning sauna that gets a lot of use.
If you are into ice climbing (I’m not) then apparently this is the place for you. It’s a nice stopping point along the Icefields Parkway in winter so you can break the drive up into a few days and actually stop to see things without rushing through it all.
I like it better in summer than winter because in summer you’re generally out hiking dawn to dusk and a comfortable mattress is about the only thing that matters.
This one and the last one (Beauty Creek) are both included in the Winter Wilderness Pass that gives you unlimited stays Nov 1 to May 31.