Fernie Alpine Resort seems to have gone into the movie business. The resort hosted film crews and actors from two movies in the last two years-Inception and Hot Tub Time Machine. Visitors to Fernie can even stay in the cabin with the famous time machine prop, and Fernie buffs can catch sight of their favorite terrain in the flicks, which came out this past spring and summer.
The avalanche scenes from the sci-fi thriller Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ken Watanabe and directed by Christopher Nolan, were filmed on location last November at Fernie. "The film was an epic thriller, and so was setting up the logistics to get them the most outrageous avalanches. They wanted snow and lots of it," Matt Mosteller, vice president with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, told OnTheSnow.
Movie cameras were placed on ridges in the Lizard Range, and Fernie's ski patrol and snow safety team triggered the snow slides. "The avy guys pulled their magic to uncork some of the biggest avalanches," added Mosteller. Inception hits theaters this summer in July.
Filming Hot Tub Time Machine didn't require Fernie's avy specialists, but instead used the hot tub at The Timbers chalet. The movie, starring John Cusack and directed by Steve Pink, was shot in May 2009 after the ski area closed for the season, but did require the resort to recreate winter. "It's a good thing we get lots of snow," said Mosteller. The film was released last spring.
The Timbers chalet, with its famous hot tub used to transport four men struggling with life back to what they considered a better time in the 1980s, is available for Fernie visitors to rent. The 4,600-square-foot log chalet, which runs $1,100 to $1,800 per night, contains a gourmet kitchen, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and enough beds to sleep 17. It sits slopeside to accommodate skiers and snowboarders, and a large deck holds the hot tub.
Who knows...maybe you, too, can transport back in time from the hot tub.
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