Snowmobiling (Don Weixl photo)
From anywhere in the Elk Valley, it's easy to see that the terrain in this part of the Kootenay Rockies is extreme.
The mountains are rugged and steep, some with phenomenally high, sheer rock faces. Fernie's snowmobiling is extreme too - with the exception of a few family-friendly areas in the valley.
The community welcomes out-of-town sledders, and local riders are often willing to show visitors around. The Fernie Snowmobile Association maintains cabins at Ram Creek and Minnesota Flats. The organization also publishes a trail map - available from hotels, gas stations, snowmobile dealers, and from the Visitor Centre located off the highway, just north of town.
Just east of town is the Coal Creek staging area. From here, access an approximately 30km/19mi groomed trail, or tackle some of the ungroomed trails that shoot off in various directions.