Ian Stokie, President of the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club, has been awarded the Fernie Mountain Culture Award for 2014. There were four generations of Stokies at the presentation to celebrate with Ian.
We can all thank Ian for is years of hard work and dedication to our community, ski racing, ski instructing, [...]
In this last work shift, it has been difficult for the South Rockies field team to find safe terrain for making snowpack and avalanche observations. We chose itineraries that mostly avoided avalanche terrain, and we still got to see some surprising avalanche events.
Our day turned into an enactment of what the SPAW (special public [...]
A very large avalanche storm released this week down the south side of Cabin Bowl from the Orca Rock starting zone. It carried on across Lizard Creek, up through the Old Growth Forest and onto the Cedar Valley road access to Island Lake Lodge. No people involvement reported.
Cedar Valley Avalanche
The FTASTC 2014 AGM will be held Wednesday, February 19 at Freshies Coffee at 7 PM.
Agenda Items will include
Ski Hills boundary expansion Plans ( entire Lizard Range north to Island Lake Property)
Hut Bookings and Online Waivers. (Seasonal Memberships)
Sponsorship of Ski Mountaineering Event
Addition to Tunnel Creek Hut
Summer Trail [...]
by Tamara Hynd – The Free Press posted Jan 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Sparwood Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated at 3:30 pm by the Elk Valley RCMP on Sunday, January 5 to rescue a backcountry skier who sustained minor injuries after being caught in an avalanche in the Corbin Road area approximately 25 [...]
On December 24th in the Harvey Pass area, a skier triggered the facet/crust layer from a sparsely treed slope at treeline. This slab propagated well above the skier releasing the slab from the ridgeline around 2288 m. This avalanche was reported as a size 2.
Here is Gord ND Jen assessing the weak layer:
On December 19th the Southern Rockies Avai team observed the late November surface hoar layer in our Flathead sub region. The firm snow above the weak layer has formed a slab that may be sensitive to sled and ski triggering. Watch Gord Ohm locate the failure of the layer during a snowpack test.
It’s been a busy year for trail building and upgrading. One of the most significant projects this year has been the new Lazy Lizard trail. This trial when completed will be a 100% single track route from Mt. Fernie Park to Island Lake Lodge and will all be a 10% grade or less. The trail [...]
The Thunder Meadows Work Party was a success as all of the list items were completed and we had some fun celebrating the cabins 20th anniversary.
The anniversary work party saw the rebuild of the cabin front deck, re-plywooding of the kitchen floor, painting of the entire interior (including benches [...]