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Fernie snow conditions in March

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I'm travelling to Fernie in mid March and would like to hear people's experience of snow conditions at that time of year. The resort is known for its impressive powder record but I'm hearing that it can often experience a lot of rain when the temperature rises, thus ruining previously mentioned powder.
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It might be great, it might be warm in which case spring snow or it might be hit by a Pineapple Express in which case find something else to do like drive up to Kicking Horse/LL whioch might escape it. On average probably fine, localised bouts of "this sucks"
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Anything is possible at that time. If the pow you seek is not there, Fernie will be boring and so you'll want a Plan B.
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We had a powder day (albeit heavy powder) last week of the season 2019. So you never really know snowHead
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Scooter in Seattle wrote:
Anything is possible at that time. If the pow you seek is not there, Fernie will be boring and so you'll want a Plan B.

Any nearby alternatives (there and back in a day)?
Thanks
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Canuck wrote:
We had a powder day (albeit heavy powder) last week of the season 2019. So you never really know snowHead


I'll sacrifice something to the gods
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@Ryunis, my assumption is that if the snow sucks off piste, then you default to cruising on piste, and want a lift system that is built for cruising. The nearby options (Red, Whitewater) would have similar snow/weather conditions, and even less cruising than Fernie, so not good options. The closest place worth skiing in such a condition would be Lake Louise & Sunshine. They are a little colder which could make a difference at the margins. There are many other, better cruising options (Sun Peaks, Big White, Silver Star) but an out-and-back from Fernie in a day to any of them would be a long one. Whitefish MT might also be worth a look.
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Scooter in Seattle wrote:
@Ryunis, my assumption is that if the snow sucks off piste, then you default to cruising on piste, and want a lift system that is built for cruising. The nearby options (Red, Whitewater) would have similar snow/weather conditions, and even less cruising than Fernie, so not good options. The closest place worth skiing in such a condition would be Lake Louise & Sunshine. They are a little colder which could make a difference at the margins. There are many other, better cruising options (Sun Peaks, Big White, Silver Star) but an out-and-back from Fernie in a day to any of them would be a long one. Whitefish MT might also be worth a look.


Castle less likely to get rain?
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I don't know, but I'd guess they are too close to have dissimilar weather. One would be trading for slower lifts, it that matters.
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sbooker, Its a possibility, that's all - but Castle can get high winds which can shut the top of the mountain. Nothing wrong with the slow lifts, they keep the slopes quiet. But they have been known to stop, due to mechanical issues. If the top lift shuts the rest of the mtn then gets congested.

If its a powder day - its just busy Toofy Grin and doubtful if you'll get there from Fernie due to road conditions/closures.

Really if you're in lower CA, and conditions aren't good enough to ski, you really need to head north if possible, or find something else to do Madeye-Smiley

We were at Frenie beginning of March, had fresh snow both days and decent quality powder rather than heavy wet snow - but obviously no guarantees.
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Brilliant, thanks guys, you cant buy some of the wisdom on these forums! I'll look at routes so that if worst comes to the worst i have days out in my back pocket
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