Skiing powder, Fernie Alpine Resort
(Dave Heath photo)

Fernie Alpine Resort

Heli-Skiing & Cat-Skiing

Heli-skiing (Randy Lincks photo)

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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