Fernie is a powder hounds’ paradise, with five great bowls of snow that, according to legend, are due to Griz, the Powder King. True or not, the snow in the Lizard Range that surrounds Fernie is indeed legendary, with up to 37 feet per season; that’s a lot of snow for your ski holiday in Fernie. The ski resort has a modest but growing mountain village and the lovely town of Fernie is just 15 minutes car or bus away.
Fernie has something for everyone; novices will find a few gentle slopes, with some confidence boosting cruisers on the lower mountain, and there is something for intermediates too, who will also enjoy exploring some of the trails in the Timber and Lizard Bowls. But with lots of steeps and masses of ungroomed terrain, a Fernie ski holiday is really best suited to the adventurous skier. Add in superb cat-skiing possibilities and you can see why the resort is an attractive choice for ‘hardcore’ skiers and boarders. The Polar Peak chair takes skiers and boarders above the tree line to over 2,100m to ski the amazing upper reaches of Currie Bowl and offers stunning 360 degree views from the Peak. The resort also has a rail park with plenty of features for those looking for freestyle.
Off the slopes
Off the slopes
The base village is compact on your Fernie ski holiday, with a good selection of stylish lodge-style hotels, condos and some lovely large townhomes. There are a few dining options on the hill while Fernie town, just 15 minutes away on the free shuttle, has more nightlife and a few more shops. The local ice hockey team, the Fernie Ghostriders, play their home matches at the Fernie Memorial Arena – well worth an evening away from the slopes.
Cat-skiing, snowshoeing and fat-biking are also on offer, with the popular torchlit run and BBQ well worth trying too.
|Transfer / Driving Time
Calgary (3 hrs)
spine, tabletops, quarter-pipes and rollers
|Avg annual snowfall
up to 360 inches
14,916 skiers per hour
|Number of runs
142 trails, 5 alpine bowls and tree skiing
December 1 to mid April
|Number of lifts
10- including 4 quads
and 3 triples
2,504 acres – 30% advanced, 40% intermediate & 30% beginners
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