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There is a reason Fernie is on the ‘must ski’ list of resorts in Canada – the snow is legendary!
Fernie receives around 11 metres of snow every season – that’s enough to cover a three-storey building. It has five huge bowls and 142 runs to ski or ride, a fantastic snow record, quiet lift lines and acres of space to make first tracks on a powder day.
Fernie’s five alpine bowls – Siberia, Cedar, Timber, Currie and Lizard is why Fernie should be on every skiers wish list. This is a big mountain playground with great tree skiing, a huge variety of terrain and one of the longest vertical in the Canadian Rockies. There is an extensive beginner area at the foot of the mountain and increasingly more challenging terrain as you travel up onto the upper mountain.
At the base of the mountain is a small, largely ski-in village, with a good selection of restaurants and bars. For apres drinks head to the Grizzly bar in the day lodge. Alternatively, you can stay downtown in Fernie which is around 15 minutes away on the free resort shuttle.
The town of Fernie is one of the most chilled out ski towns in Canada with charming brick and wood heritage buildings all along the main street. You can easily wander round town exploring the ski shops, bars and restaurants. It also happens to have one of the best views in the Canadian Rockies – looking up toward the impressive Lizard range of mountains.
The resort is part of the infamous Powder Highway, an area known for having the deepest snow in the Canadian Rockies. Renowned for its steep and deep skiing, Fernie is definitely a resort for the adventurous powder hound who catches the first chair up and rides all day until the last run down.