Read about Island Lake’s history

A book chronicling the ups and downs of one of Fernie’s best known resorts, will be launched this week.

A book chronicling the ups and downs of one of Fernie’s best known resorts, will be launched this week.

Fernie-based publisher, Oolichan Books has collaborated with Island Lake Catskiing to produce the illustrated book, ‘Bears Above the Valley,’ celebrating the history of Island Lake and the Cedar Valley.

Island Lake Lodge rose to fame in the early 1990s when it became a mecca for ski

/snowboard media and pro athletes. Stars like Craig Kelly, Scot Schmidt, Mark Gallup

and Jason Ford not only filmed and shot photos there, but ultimately became owners as well.

2013 will mark the 25th anniversary of catskiing at Island Lake Lodge.

“Island Lake is steeped in history and great stories, it is time to document what went on there,” said internationally renowned photographer, and owner of The Guide’s Hut, Mark Gallup. ‘Bears Above the Valley’ includes many outstanding images documenting the rich natural and snow-sporting history of Island Lake and the Cedar Valley. The book is co-authored by Mike McPhee, Mark Gallup and Lee-Anne Walker with an introduction by famed ski-journalist Leslie Anthony.

The book launch party is being held on Friday, November 30 at the Fernie Museum, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate local ski history.

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