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Fernie Alpine Resort

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Fernie Alpine Resort

Serious powderhounds make the trek to the southeastern corner of BC to ski at Fernie Alpine Resort. Nearly 11 metres (37 feet) of snow blankets this resort each year, ranking it among the snowiest ski destinations in Canada. A must? Ride up the Polar Peak chairlift to one the highest peaks in the Lizard Range, and carve the steep and deep from 1,082 meters (3,550 feet).

Beyond the slopes, you can hop on a snowmobile or soak up the culture of a BC mountain town. The little town of Fernie is a hotspot for theatre, art galleries, and dining.

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Resort Details

  • Terrain 1,013ha / 2,503ac
  • Elevation 2,134m/ 7,000ft
  • Annual Snowfall 899cm/354in
  • Vertical 1,082m / 3,550ft
  • Lifts/Runs 10/142
  • Longest Run 5km/3mi
  • Nearest Airport Canadian Rockies International Airport

Difficulty

  • Beginner 30
  • Intermediate 40
  • Advanced 30

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Most Recent Travelers Reviews
  • Jun 18, 2018: “We booked and paid for the Fernie Shuttle as our flight arrived in evening and in winter we did not want to risk hire car. Gutted though our flight was 45 minute late (the BA flight into Calgary from UK, is apparently often late). The driver just left and no message or email. This forced us to book a hotel at the airport and lose a day by travelling the following day. No apology from company just a very arrogant and un Canadian arrogant reaction. Plus when we did catch their shuttle the following day, the driver was real scary, apparently, he doe snot need to sleep more thna an hour a day and had been driving for 12 hours already !!”
  • Jun 17, 2018: “Off the beaten path of the big tourist skiing and downhill mountain biking resorts, Fernie is where the locals play hard in some of the most epic winter and summer conditions. With over 1200cm of white pow this last season and over 140 epic runs to indulge upon, my entire family from 5 years old up to 42 years old had an epic ski season from dropping cliff and chutes in the high alpines down to the green runs off of Deer and Elk Chair. The Family is equally invested in the mountain biking season as well, shredding and kicking up dirt on a wide variety of downhill courses. To say the very least... we LOVE Fernie Alpine Resort! Easily the best from Golden BC south to the Montana Border and beyond. ”
  • Apr 10, 2018: “Our family arrived in April 2018 for our Spring Break. The weather was perfect, fresh snow had fallen overnight, the runs were well groomed. The staff working the mountain were very friendly, you could tell they loved their jobs! I can't think of a single negative thing to say about this place. Well maybe the rental shop could become more efficient somehow. If you happen to require rentals, come early! Get to a computer once they open the doors, and prepare to wait.... ”
  • Apr 9, 2018: “We came here unsure of what to expect. But Fernie delivered. We took a mountain tour with Jake and it was great! We got to explore the different bowls they had to offer also exploring different terrain. We now understand why the powder hunters come here. Would definitely come back. ”
  • Apr 9, 2018: “A location with a lot of area to ski. Be prepared to use multiple lifts to get anywhere. Some long runs, but they tend to have either long ski outs or the need for multiple lift rides to get back to the top. The upper mountain is good for powder, the lower mountain is groomed. Not the best place for families with young children though. Too much lift, too spread out. There is a good facility for skiers with adaptive ski needs - F.I.R.E. Lessons can be arranged for sit-skiers and people with other physical or developmental issues. ”
  • Aug 7, 2018: “We have skied Fernie our whole lives. It’s blossomed from a little Hill that could to a big bowl filled powder heaven at times. There is enough terrain to entertain everyone from green to double black. It’s well maintained and spreads out skiers over several formidable lifts. However, it hs become apparent over the years that saving pennies is the management name of the game. Lifts are slow and Dilapidated when they aren’t the newest expansion lifts. The boomer chair belongs in a museum along with deer. The lift prices have soared to over $100 which would lead you to believe they can afford to properly update lifts and mark runs. A friend of mine ripped her face open crossing a trail marked with blue rope. No Orange ties on it, bamboo poles staked it up - impossible to see on a bluebird day against green trees. Fernie pretty much shrugged their shoulders and said that’s too bad. Lastly, Fernie would do well to do a training update for lift attendants. Many hills have 2 attendants one of whom comes in behind the chair to pull kids back into the seat so they don’t fall and they don’t have to slow the lifts down. Elk and bear chair are painful as new little groms are constantly falling or slipping and the chair is slowed to accommodate. Fernie is good and it could be great if management focussed more on guest experience rather than mainlining their wallets. $500 a day in lift tickets alone for a family of five with ancient lifts and poorly marked runs... do better! We ski elsewhere when possible (golden, revvy, whitefish) but do go back on big snow days so we still buy the drama.”
  • Aug 30, 2018: “Spent the day at the resort, in the morning we hiked up the hill to the Aerial Playground which our son loved. We spent the afternoon on a patio enjoying the sun and lunching at Legends. We returned in the evening for the bike races and dinner. ”
  • Sep 3, 2018: “I’ve spent a few seasons in different resorts (summer and winter) and Fernie is by far the worst. On paper it has everything to be a world class resort, incredible snow in winter and amazing terrain, problem is RCR don’t care about anything else other than making money, hence why it’s more expensive for a winter season pass here than whistler. Now the winter I can deal with because of the powder days, the summer however is horrific. There is zero maintenance put in, one trail “has been worked on” all season with absolutely no progress and still part of the trail closed off (alternate flight pattern). For a resort that notoriously charges so much for their activities you’d hope they would re-invest back into the hill. If you’re thinking of going mountain biking in Fernie, drive straight on through to panorama.”
  • Aug 24, 2018: “I've have been coming to Fernie Alpine Resort with my family for years for skiing and snowboarding. We spent many Christmases and Easters on the hill and when my (now) husband and I started dating, we started coming to Fernie with his family as well. Fernie is family for me. This past July, my husband and I got married at Lost Boys Cafe and had our reception at the Grizz Bar. It was an absolute dream. Everyone at Fernie Alpine Resort helped make the day perfect! Special shoutouts to Stacey for being AMAZING, the staff at Lizard Creek Lodge for such great service, the lift attendants for your kindness and patience, and all the staff who helped keep everyone's drinks full. Thank you!”
  • Aug 11, 2018: “Family day mountain biking Fernie was absolutely fantastic. Wife and 2 kids 7 year old and 10 year old. This was our first time to Fernie and we all love it. Looking forward to seeing you this winter.”
  • Aug 7, 2018: “Although this is typically a ski hill, in the summer, it doubles as mountain bike haven as well as a truly amazing place to go for hikes. Our stay at Lizard Creek gave us a lift ticket and we took the shorter of the two chair lifts. Absolutely breathtaking up on the mountain. We also went for a three hour hike to the old growth forests and loved it (maybe not our feet) but the views are amazing. Don’t miss this place while in Fernie.”

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