Don’t come to this Pacific Northwest sleeper for the shopping or the nightlife. Come for the snow.
It can’t possibly still be snowing. The snowpack can’t possibly be this deep. My luck can’t possibly this good. Then I remember—this is the Cascades, where a 200-inch base by midwinter is average. Luck has nothing to do with it.
In Vermont’s remote, lovely Northeast Kingdom, resort developers have big plans for a quiet little town and its long-slumbering ski area.
“This is it?” That was my first thought upon arriving at Burke as a teenager for a ski race some 25 years ago. That phrase became a refrain as I hiked the slalom course next to the small, broken-down, Poma and sought refuge from the New England cold in the bare-bones Mid-Burke Lodge. Knowing Burke Academy’s reputation for churning out Olympians, I was shocked that so humble an operation had such stature. Of course, like many youngsters, I wasn’t looking very far beyond my own ski tips.
A mining town with a colorful past reinvents itself as a ski resort with a bright future.
Decades before the gondola, the glades or Silver Mountain Resort, there was a donkey named Dolly. Back in 1885, a miner named Noah Kellogg lost track of Dolly in the hills of northern Idaho. When he found her, the donkey had kicked over a hunk of ore from what would become the biggest silver mine in the state. The town of Kellogg was born. Some years later, the townsfolk looked up and realized the region held an even bigger treasure: Two 6,000-foot-high mountains with 2,200-vertical-foot drops, steep shots and 25 feet of annual snowfall.
Fresh snowfall on Oct. 7, 2008, marked the beginning of Fernie's winter season as the resort gears up for skiers.
CALGARY, AB – October 7, 2008 – Ski season is on its way, with snow falling at Fernie Alpine Resort on Tuesday. With a whopping 1,118cm (37 feet) of snow last season, we can hardly wait to get going this year!
Getting to Fernie’s Legendary Powder is now even easier. Fernie Alpine Resort is pleased to announce new direct service on Delta Airlines between Salt Lake City, UT and the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, BC starting on December 17, 2008.