Heli-Skiing & Cat-Skiing
Heli-skiing (Randy Lincks photo)
Beyond the spiky peaks of the Lizard Range, the elevation rises to Fernie Alpine Resort's cat-skiing playground.
Local operators (three in total) offer access to the deep dry powder of the Kootenay Rockies region.
Powder Cowboy Cat Skiing
Powder Cowboy Cat Skiing guides skiers to 2,500ha/6,000ac of open slopes, big bowls, and treed glades, with a combined vertical of 4,267m/14,000ft. Cat-skiing packages include Girlski tours, programs for 12–18 years olds, and standby day-skiing. At Powder Cowboy, accommodation is provided in comfortable dude ranch cabins.
Island Lake Lodge
The cat-skiing journey from the valley to Island Lake Lodge with Island Lake Catskiing begins with a 35-minute snowcat ride through Mount Fernie Provincial Park to the head of Cedar Valley. Situated at an elevation of 1,460m/4,790ft, the lodge is comprised of handcrafted log and timber-frame structures.
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742 Hwy 3 Park Place Lodge
Fernie, British Columbia
Enjoy catskiing, boarding & fantastic backcountry skiing. The terrain is predominately gladed tree skiing, with occasional tree bands leading into open chutes, suitable for advanced-intermediate to advanced type skiers. Trips consist of a full day of catskiing, lunch & the use of avalanche transceivers and snack at end of the day. Single & multi-day options are available. The backcountry lodge features a large living area, dining room & eight bedrooms (3 with private bathrooms). Transfers to/from the lodge if required & ski rentals are extra. Fernie Wilderness Adventures also offers ice fishing & wildlife viewing packages & fly-fishing float trips in the summer.