Fernie Ski Holidays

Canada Holidays

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Andy Knights

"Fernie is the ski resort for me - an old mining town with a laid back atmosphere. The skiing, however, is hardcore. There are 5 large bowls separated by ridges where you can drop off cliffs and chutes into the glades - it is awesome!"

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 7/10
  • Intermediates: 8/10
  • Advanced: 9/10
  • Families: 8/10
  • Nightlife: 8/10
  • Village Charm: 8/10
  • Affordability: 8/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 7/10
  • Sustainability: 5/10

Season: Nov - Apr

Nearest Airport: Cranbrook / Calgary

Transfer Time: 1 hr / 3½ hours

Transport: Car hire or Transfer

Elevation: 6,316 ft

Vertical Drop: 3,550 ft

Avg Snowfall: 37 ft

Ski Area: 2,504 acres

Ski Lifts: 10

Runs: 142

Grade: 30% advanced
40% intermediates
30% beginners

Why Fernie?

The Polar Peak lift installed for 2011/12 means Fernie now boasts the most ski runs in the Canadian Rockies. The lift has added onto the already incredible vertical at Fernie Alpine Resort, giving the ski resort a whopping 3,550 vertical feet of legendary snow fun. Combine this with over 2,500 acres of terrain over 5 Alpine Bowls and the deepest snow in the Rockies and you have a ski destination not to miss!

Fernie is legendary among Canadian ski resorts for its awesome snow, 37 feet a season, and diverse, challenging terrain.

In the last few years major investment in both the ski area and the on-mountain village has made it a growing international ski holiday destination, although it is still a firm favourite with the local population.

High up, Currie, Timber, Siberia, Lizard and Cedar Bowls have wide-open skiing above the tree line. Beneath them, the pistes tumble down amongst the trees towards the village, providing plenty of variety for all levels of skier. For those looking for some famous Canadian powder, Fernie is a good bet.

There is plenty of high-quality on-mountain accommodation and several older properties which offer good value for money. For those on a tighter budget there is a motel and hotel-type accommodation in the town of Fernie 5kms down the road.

The on-mountain village is not big, but there are a handful of restaurants and a bar or two, with more to try in town. There is a regular shuttle service which runs between the town and the village during the day and into the night, although a rental car is recommended.

Ski Safari Combine with other nearby resorts and cities for the full Rockies experience.