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Fernie Avalanche Industry Bursary program
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Fernie Avalanche Industry Bursary program

Filed in Bursary by on July 14, 2014 • views: 2254

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club (FTASTC) is sponsoring a bursary program with the goal of promoting avalanche safety and awareness in the Elk Valley and to assist individuals who are pursuing a career in the avalanche industry. Above: Fernie Ski Patrollers Melissa Makepeace and Megan Kelly with CAC Field Tech Gord Ohm congratulate […]

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Cabin Trail and Old Growth trail work
Cabin Trail and Old Growth trail work

Cabin Trail and Old Growth trail work

Filed in Hiking by on July 11, 2014 • views: 2045

Here are a few photos (before and during, no afters) of the Thursday evening cleanup of Cabin Trail and Old Growth. It’s ready to hike! Accessed off of the Island Lake road or off of the Old Growth Trail, Cabin Trail leads to Thunder Meadows Cabin. Whether you are looking to camp overnight during the […]

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FT&STC inducted to Fernie’s Ski Wall of Fame

FT&STC inducted to Fernie’s Ski Wall of Fame

Filed in About, Ski Touring by on March 31, 2014 • views: 2361

The Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club is officially on Fernie’s Ski Wall of Fame! The Fernie Skiing Heritage society awarded the founders at the Class of 2014 Induction. Here is the citation from the gala event: The growth and success of a mountain living community is the many ski experiences that are to be […]

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Ian Stokie presented Fernie Mountain Culture Award
Fernie Mountain Culture Award

Ian Stokie presented Fernie Mountain Culture Award

Filed in Ski Touring by on February 23, 2014 • views: 2250

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, building […]

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Got a little scared today…
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Got a little scared today…

Filed in Ski Touring by on February 21, 2014 • views: 1972

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 […]

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Test results on a critical avalanche layer
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Test results on a critical avalanche layer

Filed in Ski Touring by on December 28, 2013 • views: 1670

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:

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Surface Hoar Layer in the Flathead Subregion
Fernie avalanche conditions

Surface Hoar Layer in the Flathead Subregion

Filed in Ski Touring by on December 20, 2013 • views: 1549

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.

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Fernie Ski Touring Club Cabins Close views: 739

Unfortunately the Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club will be closing all cabins effectively immediately due to the immediate threat of Covid-19. These cabins include Thunder Meadows, Tunnel Creek and the Montane Hut. We ask you to please respect the closure. Island Lake Lodge has also shutdown operations as of March 18, 2020. Please refer […]

2020 Annual General Meeting views: 877

The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club is holding its Annual General Meeting at 7PM on Wednesday, March 4 2020 at the Fernie Seniors Centre. The Seniors Centre is located at: 562 3 Ave, Downtown Fernie. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. 2019 will be reviewed and direction moving forward with respect to trails, […]

Tunnel Creek Incident Report views: 1803

Fernie SAR was activated today for a report of an injured skier. The skier, part of a group of six skiers based at Tunnel Creek Cabin, were involved in an avalanche triggered by a cornice in the 1942 Chute area. One skier fell an estimated 200 metres through challenging terrain, sustaining a chest injury. The […]

Avalanche Bursaries Awarded views: 409

The Fernie Trails & Ski Touring Club has awarded Avalanche Bursaries to Jacob Hayden and Jesse Kilpatrick. Every year $2000 is available to help further avalanche education in the Elk Valley. The program has been in existence for the past decade and bursary applicants need to apply in writing to fernietrails@fernie.com for consideration. Read more […]