Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle

Fall/Winter 2015

Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle Magazine

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DREAMSCAPES FALL/ WINTER 2015 48 W e visited three of them, each with a diverse range of snow sport offerings, lodging and dining experiences. FERNIE ALPINE RESORT "Remind me again why we're skiing in the dark?" asks one of my travel companions, echoing our collective thoughts. It's mid-Jan- uary and, at 7:45 a.m., still very dark. It's so cold we would normally see our breath if we could only see anything. Will, our guide from Fernie's snow school, is leading us in the total dark down to the first lift to connect with the second to get us to the top of Cedar Bowl by dawn. So why? Participants purchasing this program get to be right at the top of the bowl by daybreak, even before the lifts open to the public at the base. It's well worth the effort on any fresh-powder morning, hence the name First Tracks. How is it? Amazing! Following a well-timed 10:00 a.m. pit stop at the Lost Boys Café, the on-mountain meeting spot where locals gather for coffee and gossip over a pastry or lunch, we head out to explore the four remaining alpine bowls. The resort maintains at least one groomed marked run from top to bottom in every one of its five lift-accessed bowls so everyone, no matter their ability level, can enjoy the Lizard Range slopes. We share a pitcher of icy beer and a plate of heaping hot nachos at The Griz, the resort's original bar, before getting cleaned B.C.'S POWDER HIGHWAY EDITORIAL AND PHOTOS BY MARILYN GRIFFITHS B.C.'S POWDER HIGHWAY SHOWCASES SOME OF EASTERN B.C.'S MOST EXCITING SNOW DESTINATIONS, ALL ACCESSED FROM CALGARY'S AIRPORT AND ALL STRUNG ALONG THIS LENGTHY SCENIC STRETCH OF ROADWAY.

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