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Thunder Meadows Access

Your chosen route will depend on weather and snow conditions; most routes take four hours under good conditions. All suggested routes require good avalanche evaluation and route finding skills. You are completely on your own and responsible for your own safety and rescue.

Thunder Meadows: 49d28’49.3″N 115d 10’28″w at an altitude of 1828 meters

1) Fernie Alpine Ski Area
a) Traverse Cedar Bowl, Fish Bowl and 2000-Foot Ridge. Climb up to Liverwurst Pass. Choice of skiing down to Easy Street and then up to the cabin, or climbing up the ridge to Big Steep Mother and skiing down to the cabin. This route traverses steep avalanche terrain across Fish Bowl and 2000 Foot Ridge. FAR Ski Patrol closes this route under high avalanche conditions.

b) From the top of Polar Peak chair ski to Polar Peak Saddle and pass throught the backcountry transceiver gate. From here ski down Polaris Bowl to Easy Street and skin up to the cabin. This route crosses numerous slide-paths and can be a deathtrap in high hazard avalanche conditions. FAR Ski Patrol closes Polar Peak Chair when snow stability is poor.

2) Mount Fernie Park
Snowmobile traffic up the Mount Fernie Park Road is not permitted on Island Lake Resort Group’s private property.
a) Ski up Mount Fernie Park road for 5km, climb Cabin Ridge and Cabin Bowl to Cabin Pass. In hardpack conditions Thirstquencher Creek (to the immediate north of Cabin Ridge) may be an easier route than Cabin Ridge.

b) Ski up Mount Fernie Park road for 3.5 km to the base of Orca Bowl Trail, climb Orca Bowl and ski down Burnt Slope to the cabin. This route can be very hazardous in higher avalanche conditions.

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