Fernie Ski Holidays

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!
Andy Knights
Sales Manager - North America
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!
Andy Knights
Sales Manager - North America

Summary

3
Beginner
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Intermediate
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Advanced
  • Family Friendly
  • Nightlife
  • Village Charm
  • Quick Transfer Time

Challenging terrain and the deepest snow in the Rockies - if you’re coming to Canada for the powder, Fernie is a great bet.

Ski holidays in Fernie have cult status for their fantastic powder and steep terrain. Alongside the resort’s big vertical, Fernie has a good variety of slopes and grand vistas of the Canadian Rockies.

Advanced skiers and adventurous intermediates have the most fun here, with five alpine bowls for making the most of the powder. Beneath this, the easier pistes that tumble between the trees offer welcome respite on the home run.

The on-mountain village is small, with a handful of restaurants and bars. For more options, a regular shuttle runs into town, or a hire car can be a good idea.

We can’t talk about downtown Fernie without mentioning the nightlife; we’ve had many-a great night out here, and no trip is complete without visiting Yamagoya Sushi - a Japanese restaurant and popular local hangout.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224060 for advice from our ski specialists.

Resort Guide

Fernie Resort Guide

Make the most of your Fernie ski holiday with our insider tips.

Resort stats

Season
November to April
Nearest airport
Cranbrook / Calgary
Transfer time
1 hour / 3 hours 30 minutes
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

Maps

Resort Map

Google piste view

Accommodation

Fernie has plenty of high-quality on-mountain condos and several older properties. Downtown is best if you’re on a tight budget, with a good choice of motels and homely hostels.

We’ve stayed at or visited all our Fernie accommodation options, so call us for advice and we’ll recommend the best ones for you.

Featured accommodation

  • Close to Slopes
  • Close to Village
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Pool
  • Self-Catered
  • Ski-in Ski-out
The Snow Creek Lodge has an unrivalled ski-in ski-out location at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort - you can't get any closer than this!
  • Close to Ski School
  • Close to Slopes
  • Close to Village
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Hot Tub
  • Ski-in Ski-out
  • Spa
The best place to stay in Fernie, the Lizard Creek Lodge is a superb property with a great ski-in ski-out location and excellent facilities.

Reviews

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16/04/2018 Anwen Jones

We would not recommend this resort to intermediate skiers. There is a big jump from the beginner (green) slopes to many of the intermediate (blue) slopes marked on the piste map. And people should be made aware a good proportion of the blues are not groomed. For those just moving up from green to blue this is would be a bad choice. Especially when the clouds descend. So not a good all around family resort. Great if you are advanced - not so much fun if you are not - and I don't think that is made clear. We nevertheless had a good time and the sun came out!

28/03/2018 Peter Allen

Heavy snow meant restricted slopes initially but on day 2 and after runs were pisted excellent choice for all abilities. Old fashioned former mining town with plenty of choice of eateries and welcoming locals.

24/03/2018 Owain Baker

A wonderfully friendly, small mountain resort alongside a traditional Canadian coal-mining town full of charm. On mountain there is a small but encompassing selection of bars and restaurants, whilst in town there is an even larger choice. The resort is everything you could want for a true skiers holiday - convenient, friendly and not too harsh on the pocket!

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News

Fernie Steep Skiing © Mark Eleven Photography

Three Reasons to Visit the Legendary Fernie Alpine Resort

17th May 2018 - Andy Knights

After another epic winter, we want to make sure Fernie is at the top of the list for any fans of steep and deep for 2018/19. The reasons to visit are plentiful, but here are the three that keep us coming back... 1. Powder, Lots of It With 1,190 cm of snowfall falling last winter on Fernie's five...

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The 10 Metre Club

23rd March 2018 - Craig Charley

Spring officially sprung this week, which means that the end of the 17/18 ski season is sadly not far away. It also means that it's a good time to take a look at the big winners for snowfall, including 12 resorts in our programme which have topped 10 metres. Of course, huge snowfall isn't the only...