Snow Zone


Mating Sasquatch
Fernie Alpine Resort is taking on-hill deck parties to the next level. This
weekend on Saturday, January 30, Kokanee and Fernie are teaming up to host
one of the biggest deck parties of the year. DJ Jimmy King will be cranking
out anthem hip hop, R&B, house and mash ups. The Kokanee Glacier Girls
know where to find a party and they’ll be in attendance making sure
everyone is in the spirit.

Many contests are planned including the famous “Best Sasquatch Mating
Call” event. There is a legendary Sasquatch hanging out in the woods
and one of these days someone is going to get it right. Aside from all of the
partying, there is always time for skiing and boarding in the amazing bowls
of Fernie. This year, Fernie is boasting incredible conditions including a
base in excess of 200 centimetres.

Boardercross domination
Maëlle Ricker of West Vancouver, BC, continues to dominate the ladies LG
Snowboard FIS World Cup. Last week in Stoneham, QC, Ricker won her third
boardercross event of the season.

Boardercross can have a lot of contact between riders and race ending crashes
happen often. Timing the start and getting ahead of the pack from the get-go
is imperative to a successful ride. Ricker was flawless and cruised to
victory in all of her races.

In a battle for second and third, the other riders crashed several times
before limping across the finish line where Ricker was already

Totally goin’ off
So far, this has been an incredible season for our local- and Rockies-based
ski resorts. Steady and timely snow falls have maintained prime conditions on
our slopes.

Down south, in the western states, ski conditions are amazing as well and
they continue to be pounded by major storms. Last week, California and
Colorado ski resorts had record-breaking 24-hour dumps in the range of 30
– 60 cm. Some of the resorts were reporting continuing snow fall at a
rate of five cm per hour.

This is when the lifties really earn their keep as they shovel, sweep and
scrape trying to maintain a lift area. As of Friday, January 22, a new
weather advisory had been issued with an additional 20 – 40 cm on their
way. Unlike our champagne powder, this snow can get a bit heavy and sticky
but nonetheless it is great to ski the fresh stuff wherever you are. 

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