Fernie Polar Peak at Dawn

Fernie Polar Peak at Dawn

Fernie Polar Peak is the highest point of the resort, it dominates the hill. This season my good friend Jason Buck is up above the clouds most mornings, even before the rest of us have stirred from our drunken slumber; for Jason is a Polar Peak maintenance lift operator. When the weather closes in on Polar, Jason and a couple of the ski patrollers slap on their skins and hike their way up the imposing peak, battling near-zero visibility and gale force winds. On clear days Jason will sledge up and prepare Polar Peak for coming crowds – on a clear day, the view from Polar Peak is second to none. This photo, shot on 30 January 2014, shows the impending sunrise, while the moon hovers above. (Photo Credit: Jason Buck)

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