Craig's Report - October 01, 2006

Fall Through Amber Lens

Any attempt to buy decent sunglasses makes it clear that most folks favour those neutral gray lens that purport to faithfully render colours. Personally I have never understood this slavish devotion to dreary grownup reality and figure if I have to wear glasses to shield my eyes from excessive rays, they might as well make the world a more beautiful place. Now autumn in the Canadian Rockies is sort of a hazy yellow affair as we lack the hardwoods that add fire to fall in the East, but a set of amber lens can turn those yellows to gold and set murky near reds ablaze. So while browsing the accompanying pictures of Fernie�s feeble fall offerings, rest assured that in my amber shaded world, it was spectacular. :-)

The view from just above where Easter Bowl meets Freeway. The Bear�s Den and part of Fernie are visible in the distance, with Mt Fernie, the Three Sisters, Mt Procter and Mt Hosmer provide the backdrop.

The new express route down the lower part of Siberia Bowl. This is taken just at the entrance to the cat track run out.

In this picture, taken from the top of the Falling Star switch back, the new route is on the left.

The gentle grassy slopes of Falling Star with the Elephant Head ridge in the background.

A couple of obligatory views of the new restaurant at the top of Timber. This one, taken from the lift unloading area, shows it has now acquired a stone facing, but still awaits windows and doors.

Yet another view of Lost Boys Cafe.

Bootleg Glades drop away from Trespass Trail, while Polar Peak looms in the background.

The Currie Creek run as seen from the top of Bootleg Glades.

Part of the Currie Chutes with Concussion Chute coming down diagonally from the upper left.

This phallic protuberance has appeared just beside the old T-Bar base building at the Bear�s Den. Perhaps a mount for another of those snow making towers? By the way the strangely curved foundations sides aren�t do to some lens distortion, but rather a nearly failed effort by the chip board to hold back dirt that hates a hole.

The new Timber Lodge continues to make slow and noisy progress.