Craig's Report - September 24, 2004
Fernie Fall - Fungus Now Forgotten?
In complete contrast to last summer, the end of this one was a pretty soggy affair. Starting in the middle of August it started raining and kept it up for over a month. From sources at least as reliable as US military intelligence, I heard a random rumour that someone had recorded 35 straight days of rain; just a little shy of the magic Noah Number. On the bright side there was no fear of forest fires this year, but there was some concern that the local forestry folks might have to learn how to log mushrooms. Before anyone asks, I am not a mushroom connoisseur, in any sense, and cannot comment on any crop harvesting potential. In any event, the sun has finally come out, bringing beautiful Indian summer days and putting the fungus in retreat.
Despite the wet ending, this seemed like a pretty successful summer on the hill. For the first time it had the resort feel and bustle throughout July and August and it appeared there were far more mountain bikers making use of the lifts. Some new bike runs with more of an emphasis on speed and jumps were added and they seemed pretty popular with the armoured brigade.
While I don't think there will be any major changes in facilities or runs this year, the hill has been doing some minor modifications, particularly in clearing or thinning trees in more congested areas. Deep Sea, some stuff in Currie and the bottom of Bear all saw this treatment.
There is also some work going on with the Day Lodge, but I haven't talked to anyone yet to figure out just what it will be.