Sunday, December 3, 2017

Day 2 This is the end - with apologies to The Doors

Day 2 and I am already in serious trouble over my blog and likely to get in more trouble as the season progresses. I do not need more trouble in my life (particularly if I am not getting paid for it) so the blog ends today. For up to date news and information of conditions in future refer to the official sites which provide this information.

37 comments:

  1. I am saddened. I am hoping the passing of time may change your decision to stop the blog. I have been a long time reader and thank you for your informative daily posts.

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  2. This is very sad Bill as a daily follower of your blog since it started I have found it genuine and informative with that good ole dose of English satire sarcasm humor call it you will no less with true reflection of what is going on. If the powers that be don't like it then yep two fingers to them Bill - I hope something can be worked out as I will miss the evening blog !

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  3. Sad to see it go! Found many gems in your blog, and as a new resident to Fernie it helped me get up to speed quickly. Thanks for all your effort!

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  4. This is sad Bill. I saw you at lunch today and wanted to say hi and thanks for all the good info you put up. I can understand the circumstances for quitting, to me RCR is loosing fantastic accurate reporting for fernie.

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  5. I think you're bluffing.
    When have you shy'd away from a little trouble???
    Keep on charging... On the hill and in the Blog!

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  6. Bill. I am very sad to read your blog post this morning. For some time, you have been a part of my winter morning ritual. Have a coffee and read Bills Blog.

    In Alberta, you would be protected by the Fair Trade Act. It protects consumers who post product reviews from any repercussions. In BC, you might want to check the Consumer Protection Act.

    As your daily account of where you skied and what the conditions were like, is really a product review, you should be protected by the laws of the land.

    I hope you get this sorted out, as I will miss your blog terribly. In the meantime, I will hope to ride the odd chairlift with you, to get your inside scoop on the ski hill we all love.

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  7. Terrible news. I would have hoped that Fernie management would understand that your blog actually brought more skiers to the mountain. I am not pleased.

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  8. Bill, sorry to hear the news, re your blog. When conditions suck back East, I dream of dropping into Papa Bear, or say Concusion, and your accurate description of conditions brightens my day.
    Capt. Ray

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  9. For clarity the Resort
    In no way have asked Bill to suspend his report.

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    1. Has the resort contacted Bill about the blog in any way or asked for certain restrictions on content?

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    2. So if Fernie did not make this decision it had to have come from RCR then. Thank you for clarifying.

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  10. @R Siggers I sincerely hope not as Bill (and Craig before him) have been awesome advocates for the resort.

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  11. A real shame. As a fellow Brit I’ve always looked forward to your forthright reviews Bill of conditions in Fernie having spent a season there myself many years ago. I do hope you manage to resolve what ever issues have arisen to cause you to pull the plug only two days in to what might be shaping up to be a stellar season. Here’s for hoping some good news soon.

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  12. Bill, gutted, been coming to Fernie since 2002 moastly winter but now more in summer due to my twins loving the biking BBQ culture and stuff. Skied with you a few times and have to say I read your blog daily even when I can’t afford to come some winters, it just gives me a connection to my favourite place on earth...hope you can sort this out or shift to a stealthy alternative site.
    All the best,
    Mark from Manchester/pinnacle ridge

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  13. Sad to see the blog end. Above all other things, your detailed reports helped me study the trail maps and find some of the best terrain Fernie had to offer as a transplant from the East Coast. The snow reporting was great, but the info on the rain line was immensely valuable when deciding on a day trip down from Calgary. Hope you have a great season and keep getting 100+ days!

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  14. Typical move by RCR. this blog brought them far more good publicity then bad. I will personally be staying away from all RCR resorts this season. Why Drive to Fernie when Calgarians can just go to Castle and ride a superior mountain

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  15. "Serious trouble" Bill? And yet Robin Siggers is denying that RCR has asked you to stop the blog... Your Day 1 report said conditions were much better than most people had assumed, encouraging potential RCR customers. What's the problem with that?

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  16. Bill! No, this is worse than a heartbreak on prom night!

    I have been reading for years and truly found your insights helpful. I even got at least a bakers dozen also hooked on your blog. Every day off i would read the blog before hitting the slope.

    I think we should petition the resort to name a run after Bill. Has anyone else done as many days as this man? Sky Dive should be Bill's Dive now.

    Thank you.

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  17. I second the motion. Bill's Dive has a nice sound to it.

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    1. Or Bill’s Middle Finger. Covers a number of bases and pays homage to his “love” of the term “the fingers”

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    2. What's the real story for its end... R Siggers states the Resort did not ask Bill to suspend his report!

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    3. Read the report almost every night , will miss !

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  18. Bill, please reconsider! All I want for Christmas is Bill's blog back!!!

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  19. "To restrict things further Boom Ridge and Boom Bowl were closed due to conditions although this closure was (as the bard said) honoured more in the breach than the observance."

    " After that we got to looping Linda's (awesome deep untracked powder) Boomerang (see Linda's) and all parts in between"

    -Bills Day 1 post

    seems to me its that you ski closures and then write about it...
    wont get respect if you give none

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    1. I wasn't going to comment but I can't let this pass. I describe skiing Linda's, coming up Boomerang Chair and skiing all the parts of Linda's in between the closures on each side. The sign at the top of Linda's was flipped to open, a point not disputed by hill. They intended it to be closed and my crime was to ski a run that was showing open when I should have known it was closed.

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    2. You aint bullshit bill fer nothin

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    3. Brilliantly framed argument - do you read much Oscar Wilde

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  20. Bill, glad you’re back on-line.

    Yes, we saw some poaching on Opening Day. There were fewer signs and ropes than mid-season, but independent of the who, the quip about the Bard sort-of suggests approval – which I found surprising, coming from Bill.

    There’s another aspect lower down in the post, ‘…like so much we had skied was deep untracked powder but with dead fall adding to the many early season hazards that we just had to air it over to get down.’

    Folks who’ve been there will know that following October’s massive wind storm there’s a lot of blow-down. Some of toppled trees are pretty treacherous and the hazard could increase with white-out (never at Fernie). Some runs, like Morning Glory, will probably be closed for a while and maybe until there’s some serious chain saw work. With the additional hazard, I’m not surprised by concern from the Hill.

    I hope that this blows over (sorry) and that the blog will resume – it’s a highlight of the Fernie winter.

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    1. Stew - Thanks for your comments, I always welcome well thought out a reasoned debate on a subject. Unfortunately too often all you get is anonymous mud slinging from the side lines or repeated party dogma which is of little use to anyone and where for the most part I refuse to engage.
      My concern on opening day was the number of people who were skiing closed areas with nothing being done. I took to counting how many I saw each time up Boom chair and concluded that I could reckon at least 100 plus all the ones that were there when I didn't see them. I don't think that my remarks indicated approval, they were intended to reflect the apparent indifference to this rule breaking by the hill which to my mind indicated approval by the hill - much more serious than anything I may write.
      You rightly identify the problem of deadfall which combined with the thin cover makes for some very challenging conditions. This was my whole point with Linda's run being shown as open while everything around it was closed. Had this been an avi closure then it would have been obvious that the sign had been flipped by a member of the public and the run was closed. Because of the conditions that you describe it was quite feasible that the run was safe and open while everything around it was closed due to conditions. For two days after the runs were open a closed sign was down at the top of Boom Ridge which means we had to interpret what was meant. I feel the worst I am guilty of is a mis understanding of what was intended and the threat to pull my pass for this was a massive over reaction - in those circumstances I don't see the blog restarting any time soon.

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  21. So RCR douchebaggery is responsible. Threatening to yank a pass based on a very loose and vague interpretation of someones own writing is ridiculous. I'm from the Calgary area with a Mountain Collective and RCR discount card, so every resort is fair game each weekend. The reports in Bills Blog are a major factor in where I decide to spend my time and money. This is especially the case with Fernie's chronic condition exaggeration. Without reliable reports I'll just go elsewhere and I emailed RCR to let them know that. Everyone else who does the same should email them as well.

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  22. This is pretty petty. I am disappointed in Fernie management. Would it not have made more sense to reach out to discuss linstead of shooting first ike reactionary todlers?
    I can assuer the hill that, minor quibles aside, this blog has done them vastly more good than they can obviously appreciate.

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    1. I really liked reading the blog,but it strikes me that it is Bill that is being petty here. Told off for poaching - big deal, get over it. Pulling his blog in protest - I doubt that RCR give a damn, in fact they probably view that as a bonus.

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    2. Incorrect - the reason I have stopped writing my blog is because of the threat to remove my pass. If I was just worried about being told off by RCR I would have stopped the blog years ago.

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  23. Bill, your blog was the first thing I checked today as I prepare for the forecast snow dump next week. Without it, I'm more inclined to stick to Louise. You've provided great insights on the hill, including the more recent thorough commentary of the risks involved with the early conditions. You are instrumental to the ski community. Don't let some over-zealous patroller pulling a power trip lessen your gift!

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  24. I wonder how the conditions are at Fernie at the moment? If only there was an unbiased someone willing to share their intimate hill knowledge with me over the internet...

    Sigh

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  25. Guys-Thanks for all the comments of support and the dozens of emails I have received direct, they are much appreciated. Unfortunately, and I hope everyone can appreciate my position, as long as the threat to remove my pass based on what I may write in my blog remains active I would be unwise (that's posh speak for dumb) to continue writing. Of course the blog could start again tomorrow if the threat was removed or substantially modified but I don't see that happening any time soon.

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  26. Bill, your blog will be greatly missed.

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