TBT: Backcountry skiing in Fernie (2/23/2010)

(Last Updated On: May 3, 2018)

This post is part of a Throwback Thursday series featuring trip reports that we haven’t had a chance to write about until now! Look for them on Thursdays!


The account below is one small piece of a series of posts documenting our road trip to Montana and interior British Columbia in February, 2010. Stops included Bridger, Whitefish, Fernie, Roger’s Pass, Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Whitewater, and Red (Rossland). This unforgettable adventure was made possible by the generosity of strangers – now friends – who time and time again let us crash on their floors or in their guest rooms, and then guided us around some of the best terrain that they knew. We were lucky to have this in almost every place we stopped.

This trip reminds us that, while we have adventures in places, it’s the people as much as the place that make the adventure best. I have chosen to feature only one small part of our magical trip. But, altogether, it was the trip of a lifetime. To those of you who made this trip possible, we still owe you a huge thanks. Let’s do our part keep the backcountry skiing community generous and real!

Earlier this week, Frank and I realized that two of the best people we met on this trip have now left this Earth. While they are not featured in this particular segment, let this stand as a tribute to them. Long live the memory of Tony Saracelli and Ethan Johnson. Both of you made this world a better place!


This post was originally written March 8, 2010.

After enjoying our time at Whitefish, we continued north, crossing the border into Canada, where the mountains suddenly seemed more interesting.

Mountains near Canada

Mountains near Canada

The drive from Whitefish to Fernie took us less than 2 hours. We were there with plenty of time to grab some dinner and drinks.
Fernie, Canada

The views of the ski area from town are stunning.
Fernie, Canada

We began our day at the Fernie ski area.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

We admired the ridge lines we would love to ski from afar.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

But, we quickly headed out for a long slackcountry tour, guided by our Fernie friends, Rob and Adam.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Rob skinning, with the town of Fernie in the distant valley below.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Adam with his Aussie smile.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

This looked enticing….
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

But, this looked even better. Our first line of the day!
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

The skin up to the chutes provided amazing views.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

We were in love with the treasure of the bluebird sky!
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Time for the skiing. Rob dropping in.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Me, as seen from above.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Frank.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Adam.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Second skin up another bowl.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

There we found some fantastic surface hoar snow that we played on for two laps. Frank enjoying the goods.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Me.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Adam putting in a little zing.
Backcountry skiing in Fernie, Canada

Four backcountry runs and 7 hours later we were back at the bottom of the ski area. Thanks to our super guides, Rob and Adam, we got a delicious taste of what Fernie has to offer. Someday we’d like to come back for dessert 🙂 Thanks guys!

Other Montana-Canada Road Trip Blog Posts
Road Trip Update
Itinerary
Bridger Bowl
Whitefish
Fernie
Kicking Horse
Roger’s Pass
Revelstoke
Nelson and Whitewater
Red Mountain and Rossland

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Backcountry skiing in Fernie (2/23/2010)
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Backcountry skiing in Fernie (2/23/2010)
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A look back at the skier's road trip of a lifetime, to Montana & British Columbia. This segment features some fantastic backcountry skiing in Fernie!
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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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