Spent this past season in Fernie, i moved out there at the start of November and just got back a couple weeks ago. The season was by far the best its been over the past 5 years from what most of the long time locals told me, we had around 11.5m of snow and a 450cm base when we closed. Was a shame the hill closed so early this year but that's rcr for you, we could have easily stayed open until mid may and i was riding powder on the last day of the season.
As for the rain its almost a guarantee it will rain to the top at least once a year this year we got it about 2-3 times but it really wasn't that bad (Mostly cause it would eventually turn into snow or it was already a whole ton of snow). The biggest downside to the hill is the amount of avalanche closures that go on throughout the season, they do a alright job at blasting and getting them open but they ended up being super cautious after the in bounds avi we had that picked up like 7 people. Also the lifts (mostly on the old side) like to break down a lot (had to hike out of cedar bowl a couple times this year) and boomerang seemed to close every time it snowed more than 10cm...
The best part by far about the hill is that during they week it's basically empty and the only time you see people is when your on the lifts. The most you ever have to wait during the week to get on the lifts is like 2 chairs. It's mostly due to them charging $85 for a lift ticket (and have no multi-day discounts) so most people just choose to go other places.
Revelstoke was probably my second choice on where I was going to spend a season and its definitly a place worth looking at. It's really in the perfect place just because you can't do it on a day trip from calgary and because of that most people just go to banff or even kicking horse (But that's still a stretch and out of the question if the roads are bad) so your kinda end up 3rd down the line for people coming from that direction.
Depending on if i get accepted into university for this fall (or just decide to put it off another year) Ill most likely end up doing another season and I'm like 95% if i did i would go back to Fernie. Mostly just because the people are super nice and if i go back ill probably be able to work my old job which allowed me to ride every day cause i worked evenings. If you decide to go just pm me and ill give you a bunch of info that will help you find a place/job and whatnot.
2011 Ride DH2 159 Wide - 2009 Burton Missions
2009 Burton Bullet 160 Wide
Riding Days: 81