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Fernie Alpine Resort Reviews

by: anonymous_user - 9th February 2008

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  • Beginner
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  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 2Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 2Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

I have ridden this hill many days now, after reading the reviews I thought, wow this place is going to be great. Well after a solid opportunity to prove itself worthy of the other reviews, it has come up lacking. Although the hill does get fluffy powder, that alone does not make for a great day. It is not the quaint quite family hill it once was, on any given day; even mid week this hill is very busy. The management there also has a habit of staggering the opening of chairs and sections of the hill on powder days, resulting in everyone going to the remaining open sections. Well it takes no time at all to scrape out a hill when there are 4 people every 10 seconds coming of the lift and roaring down one small section. On the 24th of Dec 2007; we saw ¼ of the hill with 10 inch of fresh powder scraped out to ice and moguls in 45 minutes, then the next lift opened, by lunch time the hill was a mess and half the hill was still closed. We went home after hill personal advised that they had no plans of opening the other half. Well we suggest if they need to do avalanche checking and control, start early enough so the whole hill can be open at the start on a fresh powder day, this will disperse the traffic. To add to this RCR (hill management) is developing a two tear system where some people get access to the hill before others, we are season pass holders and to see other people skiing up and down the fresh powder when we are standing in line is rather annoying, when questioned; the answer that they are working is not comforting when one can see them get off the T-bar (lizard face lift) and ski straight down. We are paying customers like anyone else and with a whole season commitment to the hill we don't like to be treated like second class. Also the price of this hill is now the most expensive in the region for the season passes and the discount received by using a RCR discount card is also less at this hill than any other.

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