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FERNIE

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Fernie Alpine Resort, CANADA, has an excellent snow record of deep dry powder, steep challenging terrain and a friendly small village.

Fernie Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The terrain at Fernie Alpine Resort consists of five huge linked bowls, fast chutes, moguls, natural gullies, treed terrain and long groomed trails and beginner areas. The lift system is well laid out and efficient.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Fernie

Advanced head to the long ridge running between the Currie and Lizard Bowls for some really steep chutes leading down into both deep powder bowls.
In the summer months of 2007 the Currie Bowl and lower areas of Lizard Bowl were blasted to improve cat track access and further open the terrain for expert powder skiing and snowboarding.

After a snowfall the Steep and Deep run and K.C. Chutes in the Cedar Bowl are awesome the powder is deep and the runs almost vertical!
For tree skiing and snowboarding go to the Bootleg Glades area in the Currie Bowl and Big Bang in the Siberia Bowl.

For a big mogul challenge hit the double black diamond Siberia Ridge run and Quite Right on the left hand side of the White Pass Chairlift.

The Fernie Winter Sports School has ‘steep and deep camps’ which are two day ski and snowboard lessons on the steepest trails and deepest powder areas at Fernie.
Last season the signage was increased throughout the entire resort to help guide skiers and snowboarders to the ultimate powder run.

fernie ski picture

Fernie Canada: Photo Credit: Steve Cuff
Courtesy: Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Fernie

Intermediates can happily cover the entire resort on corduroy groomed trails; every lift at Fernie accesses an intermediate trail.

The 3 mile long (5 kilometres) Falling Star trail is Fernie’s longest trail. It is a great run starting at the top of the White Pass Chairlift running along the ridge line of Timber and Siberia Bowls before following the resort boundary line all the way back down to the base area.

For the 2008/2009 winter season existing trails were cleared under the Timber Chairlift making intermediate tree skiing and snowboarding more accessible. Additional snowmaking equipment was also installed in the Timber Bowl area to ensure good coverage late into the winter season.

The Currie Bowl accessed from the top of the White Pass Chairlift is a deep wide bowl with linked groomed intermediate trails scattered throughout it. The Gilmar trail running centrally through the bowl is a good place to try some off piste skiing and snowboarding as it is not too steep.

The Great Bear Express Chairlift leads up into the Lizard Bowl for even more winding linked trails. The short Face Lift will enable you to access the Cruiser trail running the length of the Cedar Bowl before ending up at the Boomerang Chairlift.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Fernie

Fernie's lower slopes in front of the village are perfect for beginners, while the higher the altitude the more challenging the terrain becomes.

First timers learn on the gentle wide terrain serviced by the Mighty Moose Chairlift before taking the Deer Chairlift to access more beginner ‘go slow’ wide groomed trails.

Once confidence grows catch the Elk Chairlift to access the long and wide Elk trail.
The Great Bear Express Chairlift transports confident beginners up to the Lizard Bowl where the long winding Lizard Traverse trail makes its way back down to the base area.

The Fernie Winter Sports School has half day and full day lessons for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

Fernie Terrain Park

The Telus Terrain Park is located across the tops of the Timber and Siberia Bowls accessed via the Falling Star trail. It has jumps, rails, tables and kickers of varying sizes and ability level.

First Tracks Skiing and Snowboarding at Fernie

Fernie offers group first track skiing and snowboarding tours at 8am for groups no larger than five people. The cost is $189 per group.

Free Mountain Tours at Fernie

Fernie ski and snowboard hosts have free mountain tours departing from the base of the Deer Chairlift at 9.30am and 1pm every day throughout the winter season.

Other Activities at Fernie

Other activities at Fernie include horse drawn sleigh rides, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, scenic helicopter tours, snow shoeing, ice fishing and dog sled rides.

Fernie Alpine Resort and the Town of Fernie

Visitors to Fernie can either stay in the small on mountain ski in ski out Fernie Alpine Resort Village or in the Town of Fernie 3 miles (5 kilometres) away. Shuttle buses link the town and the resort together operating during the day and into the evenings.

Shopping at Fernie

There are limited shops in the Fernie Village; the Sports Alpine Ski and Sports Boutique stock the latest ski and snowboard equipment and clothing while the Slopeside Coffee and Deli shop provides gourmet takeaway produce and meals. The small Mountain Pantry and Liquor Store cater for all grocery and liquor items.

The main bulk of shops are in the town of Fernie with ski and snowboard shops, souvenir and gift shops, clothing boutiques and large grocery markets.

Fernie Alpine Resort Village Restaurants

The Fernie Village has fine dining restaurants, Italian Restaurants, coffee shops, and family friendly bistros.

For fine dining gourmet cuisine and an extensive wine list go to the Lizard Creek Lodge.
Kelsey’s Bar and Grill is family friendly serving delicious steaks, seafood and pizzas in a lively atmosphere.

Gabriella’s Little Italy serves hearty bowls of different varieties of home made pasta. They are always busy so make a reservation before you go.

The Town of Fernie Restaurants

Catch the free evening shuttle bus into the Town of Fernie for more dining options in a wide variety of restaurants.

Rip’n Richard’s Eatery has a large menu featuring seafood, New York steaks and pastas. Mojo Risin’ serves steaks burgers and wings in a fun filled atmosphere.

Max Restaurant in the Park Place Lodge is more suited to those wanting a relaxed quiet evening with excellent food and service.

Fernie Alpine Resort Village Nightlife

The main nightspot in Fernie is the Griz Bar. The outside deck is packed every afternoon for cocktail happy hour and after the sunsets live bands perform late into the night. The bar serves pub meals and tapas.

Every Sunday night throughout the season from 6pm to 7pm Fernie has a welcome night. The Slopeside Coffee shop has complementary drinks and snacks whilst informing new visitors about the many activities and services Fernie has to offer.

The Town of Fernie Nightlife

The town of Fernie has a lively nightlife. The Brickhouse Bar downtown has live bands and DJs playing frequently as does the Royal Hotel.

The Fernie Hotel Pub has pool tables, great music and a big dance floor.

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Joe Moreau , Calgary/AB/Canada, Fernie comes through each year for us, the snow is he best in the Canadian Rockies. I like the term "Puts Sunshine to shame!" I think Fernie had 39 ft for the finish of the 2008 season. That's more then Kicking Horse, Golden, Revelstoke area, and it looks like the snow belt has shifted nicely in Fernie's favor. Most often we drive out from Calgary and the drive isn't bad considering there is some traffic, but nothing compared toward Louise and Sunshine, i would consider that a death trap under snowy conditions. In February we stayed at the brand new Juniper Lodge and we were very impressed. The heated pool and hot tubs came in handy!!

Justin Hussina , Canada , I just wanted to say how much my friends and family loved our experience at Fernie. The snow was spectacular, the hill has something for everyone, the lineups were nil. It's no Whistler as per the size of mountain, but to be honest it puts Sunshine to shame. If you want big snow and the local feel then swing down to Fernie, BC. Next time around i'm definitely going to try the Cat Skiing and stay at the Timberline lodges as they have a great facility there, i think Juniper were the newest ones.

Sheri Clark , Canada , What a marvelous resort. I have a young family who just have most wonderful time at Frenie. From the ski in ski out accommodation to the extremely professional ski school to the deep powder endless trails and choice of bowls for us parents to enjoy! I would recommend booking your vacation through the Fernie website, they always have very economical and practical deals.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
6,316
1,925
Base
3,500
1,068
Average Snowfall
348 inches
Lifts
10
Trails - view map
112
2,504 acres
Terrain %
advanced
30
intermediate
40
beginner
30
Halfpipe
no
Terrain Park
1
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