Jay's Report - December 31, 2006

Scenes of the Last Few Days

It�s been beautiful in Fernie the last few days. New snow on the 28th that Bernie spoke of in his last report has not yet been replenished, but skiing remains good on powder and packed powder runs. Clean lines have become scarce �inbounds� so experienced adventurers seek �out of bounds� areas such as Lost Boys and Fish Bowl for their powder fix. Avalanche danger remains a concern as slides were reported in both Lost Boys and Fish Bowl in the last 2 days. On the hill, vacationers are turning out in increasing numbers, but not yet so large as to make for uncomfortable lift lines.

Conditions are good on groomed and good to crusty off piste. Runs like Kangaroo need more cushioning, but runs like Upper Easter were very nice with cut powder turns. Speaking of Upper Easter, a few of us requested FAR to ceremoniously dedicate Upper Easter to a special friend and long time Fernie Skier Myra Moore. Myra is in a battle with cancer and is unable to take to the slopes so far this season. In the spirit of bringing the hill to Myra, FAR had special signs made and posted on Upper Easter. Friends gathered for a ceremonial closing of the run to �save a line� for Myra. We�re all pulling for you Myra. Very special thanks to FAR management (you know who you are � thank you) for their enthusiastic assistance and support in embracing this thought. Also, very special thanks to Inter Mtn Signs of Kelowna, B.C. for manufacturing the signs and donating them to Myra and her husband Don. It�s times like these that I thank heaven for living in such a compassionate and giving mountain community. And that�s all I have to say about that.

At 5 pm the skies are overcast and it�s minus 8 (but it feels much colder than that).

Happy New Year.

Myra's Run

The Big Three on the 30th

Upper Shakies Acres on the 28th

Lower Shakies Acres on the 28th

Dave on Easter on the 29th

Deb and Jocelyn on Decline on the 30th

Steve on Decline on the 30th

Myra on King Fir last February

Myra on Linda's Run last February