It was my second Christmas and New years in Fernie and the fourth in the Northern Hemisphere and I’ll have to admit that they know how to do it better on this side of the world. In all honesty it does help when you have snow-capped mountains in the background and minus degree temperatures which make things like mulled wine and baileys hot chocolates all the more enjoyable (and practical). Still, it feels more like Christmas over here and the only thing that dampens another one away from home is the thought that I haven’t had an Aussie summer in over 4 years now! That and of course missing the family :p
I can’t exactly complain though, swapping the beach for the mountains is a fair trade-off. The festive season is the busiest time of the year for Fernie and is where the ski hill and most of the minimum wage employees in town, make most of their money for the winter. A steady stream of tourists from Canada, USA and parts of Europe flood the town and bring a buzz to the ski hill. It’s the perfect time to work a lot of hours as the slopes are often too busy.
Christmas day itself was awesome. It had snowed about a foot in the preceding 2 days which made for some great powder runs and we were lucky enough to get off the Bear chairlift as they were opening a section of Lizard bowl which had been closed the day before. This Christmas tree enjoyed a great 2.5 hr run on the mountain, even managing to land a few 360’s before returning home with the rest of my housemates to prepare the feast.
My housemate Ryan cooked an amazing free range organic Turkey which was backed up by a glazed ham (by me) and all the trimmings on the side. Ten of us tucked in, had one too many drinks and spent the rest of the day on the couch playing drinking games watching the Inbetweeners. All in all a great day!