Chairlift, Fernie Alpine Resort (Dave Heath photo)
On average, 11m/36ft of snow covers Fernie Alpine Resort and the surrounding mountains yearly.
In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, there are numerous other winter activities to take advantage of near Fernie Alpine Resort.
Several operators offer cat-skiing packages; the local snowmobiling community thrives on snowmobiling trails throughout the Elk Valley; and cross-country skiing is available at the golf course and Island Lake Lodge. When the season changes, check out mountain biking, hiking, river rafting, and fishing opportunities in the area.
Fernie Alpine Resort is just five minutes from Fernie.
The resort attracts more and more newcomers each year. Condominiums and houses are rapidly being snapped up as vacation properties. The service industry at the resort and in Fernie attracts young people from across Canada and the world interested in working/skiing. However, despite continual changes, Fernie retains a friendly and laidback atmosphere.
Situated about halfway up the western slope of the Crowsnest Pass and flanked by snowcapped peaks, the town of Fernie has a timeless mountain charm. The downtown core is packed with heritage buildings that have seen very few changes, except for use, in the last one hundred years. What was once a bank is now a restaurant, a house by the highway is now a sushi bar, and downtown stores that used to sell groceries and mining supplies are now filled with outdoor gear.
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