Fernie: Where the 20-cm Rule Rules
When the west winds blow light powder snow into Fernie’s five alpine bowls, don’t be disappointed if the shops close their doors and hang up “Gone Skiing” signs. Such is life in a town whose residents live for skiing and snowboarding at the resort that’s just an eight-minute drive down the road.
That dedication to outdoor lifestyle is everywhere in Fernie, a mining town in BC’s Elk Valley that’s two hours by car from Kalispell, Mont. From the century-old historic brick buildings that line main street (a.k.a. 2nd Avenue), to the welcoming residents happy to share intel on where to find the best powder stashes on the mountain (Snake Ridge), there’s a happy, authentic vibe here that’s hard to replicate.