An untapped wilderness awaits

See Fernie in a way you never thought possible

Island Lake Resort offers cat-skiing options that are anything but ordinary.

Island Lake Resort offers cat-skiing options that are anything but ordinary. — Photo courtesy Mike McPhee

The great unknown. People can’t see it because it’s out of reach—unless you strap a souped-up video camera on a helicopter and thrust the footage in their faces. That’s exactly what Island Lake Resort and Tourism Fernie have teamed up to do.

For the past two years Mike McPhee, director of sales and marketing for Island Lake Resort, has been spearheading two video productions—one for Tourism Fernie and one for Island Lake Resort. McPhee has had success in the past with TV syndication and wanted to create something special and unique with these videos. “When producing something for TV, it can’t just be skiing with music,” McPhee said, “so we tried to come up with engaging stories.”

Winter of our Content and Ascent to Powder show Fernie from a perspective most have never seen

Winter of our Content and Ascent to Powder show Fernie from a perspective most have never seen — Photo courtesy Mike McPhee

Winter of our Content is a story about weather—where it comes from—and explains the sensation of powder skiing. “It delves into inspiration—being inspired by the mountains and athletes that push their limits,” said McPhee. “We hosted some of the top athletes in the world and are lucky to have filmed great shots of them.”

For Ascent to Powder, the crew focused on showcasing the unique character—and characters—of Fernie. “Fernie is an extraordinary little mountain town,” he said. “We tried to capture that.”

An adrenalin rush of adventure is spotlighted in Winter of our Content and Ascent to Powder.

An adrenalin rush of adventure is spotlighted in Winter of our Content and Ascent to Powder. — Photo courtesy Mike McPhee

Filming some of the spectacular shots was possible thanks to a Gyro-Stylized Systems heli-mounted camera. “This Hollywood-style piece of equipment captured a lot of the big aerial shots, which added a high level of production value,” McPhee said. The footage throughout is remarkable—blending the beauty of the wilderness with the amped-up exploits of skilled skiers.

“Creating compelling, entertaining and inspiring content is now a prime method to getting connected to and resonating with consumers,” said McPhee. “Storytelling and high-  quality production values are now two of the most important aspects of marketing.”

Click the links to watch Winter of our Content and Ascent to Powder.

Kyle Born

Kyle Born is a writer for Kootenay Business and his initials match that of the magazine—it must be fate that brought them together. View all of Kyle Born’s articles

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