We got in around 10:00 on the Wednesday night, and our first adventure was to find food. There are about 4 restaurants at the resort, and it turned out that only 2 were open that late at night. We hit Lizard Creek Lodge, and had quite a good burger and ribs. After a nice night we got up at the crack of 10 and hit the hill. Man was it cold. It was around -15C - turns out we had hit a warm spell (it was like -28C just a few days before). Anyway, the hill was really cool, great layout, lots of fun chutes that led to what would have been great terrain if there had been any snow. Unfortunately it was so cold the snow didn't want to leave the warmth of the clouds. It had been the first time they hadn't had fresh snow all season. That said, we had a great time - we explored the hill, got L out on a couple of double black diamonds, hit a couple myself that I probably shouldn't have, but hey.
On the last day I managed to find some boot deep powder, which did hint at the promise of the great snow, and all it made me want to do was go back. Although getting to the powder was a little tricky - I can honestly say it was the toughest t-bar I've ever had to ride. It was this weird plastic bar that you had to put behind your back, but only after you grabbed the steel cable whipping by, that gave me a nice slice in my gloves. Anyway, it's hard to describe, but if you ever need to ride Face Lift at Fernie - be ready. So the terrain was cool - good intermediate fun cruisers, and if you are a good skier, you can get to some great terrain if you are willing to push through some double black entrances.
I'm sure I have more to say - these aren't my best pictures (I carried the little camera, but didn't take many, I was kind of focused on skiing and staying warm) - and I don't feel like I've done the story justice. I didn't hit our special run down Kangaroo, or the 2 double blacks that I hit in less than idea conditions, or the tree run that looked open at the top, or the hike across the road on my skis, or the deer we saw on the hill, or the elk that they had to close the run for so we didn't run into it, or the fact that our hotel's bar wasn't open - for the season - cuz they couldn't hire anyone - or working on New York Times Crossword puzzles with L, or the infamous Griz bar that is really only open late on Friday and Sat (except the Friday we went at 11:00 when it was closed) - or the cool dining car we ate dinner at in North Spokane. No matter how you slice it - at least once if you are a skier, load up the car with your gear and just drive somewhere. You deserve it.