Saturday • October 17, 2015
Renovations will transform the gorgeous great room into an even more alluring apres ski venue for all visitors.
Years ago pioneering mountain guides like Bruno Engler discovered a powder paradise in the Lizard Range. Then in 1962, on land donated by Galloway Lumber, Fernie Snow Valley Ski Resort was born, a mom and pop ski hill guided by the vision of the legendary skiing couple – Heiko and Linda Socher. In the years that followed the resort underwent an epic transformation from local powder hound’s secret to world class Fernie Alpine Resort, with the addition of new lifts and accessing of five alpine bowls that built on the resort’s already existing appeal for skiers and boarders wanting deep snow and steeps. But as the resort evolved, the developers paid close attention to the visitor experience beyond ski lifts and vertical -they wanted to ensure that a stay on the mountain was memorable, like an immersion in mountain culture.
That was the simple but beautiful logic behind the creation of Lizard Creek Lodge, one of the first boutique ski in-ski out lodges in the Canadian Rockies. The renovations will transform the gorgeous great room at the Lizard Creek Lodge into an even more alluring après ski venue. Some features won’t change, like the expansive ceilings, tall windows with mountain views, and river rock fireplace with its roaring hearth that provides the architectural and design centerpiece for this spectacular space. So to will the devotion to a natural aesthetic that reflects Fernie’s mountain heritage. Think rustic and chic, warm and welcoming – just the kind of place to settle into your weekend getaway or spend a few hours of après ski luxuriating over a fine meal drawn from a menu grounded in regional inspiration but global in vision and creativity.
On one side of the hearth, a new bar will have seating for 110. On the other side, a long bar will entice skiers, boarders and other winter enthusiasts seeking shelter from the cold and a chance to unwind over a casual après ski cocktail and snack. There will be space for 110 dining guests – reservations recommended, of course. When the folks at Fernie broke ground to build Lizard Creek Lodge 15 years ago, they realized that ski in-ski out didn’t have to be cookie cutter condo or resort hotel. Instead it could be boutique, with a great room of tall windows and ceilings that is a warm reflection of the winter mountain world skiers and boarders gather to celebrate.
That tradition continues but when the lifts start turning this season, it will be tradition with a twist – a Fernie twist.
Visit Lizard Creek Lodge's website for more photos, the latest updates and to track the renovation progress!