Fernie is most known across the globe for its winter ski season thanks to its legendary snow. From November to April the snowy Rocky Mountains surrounding Fernie radiate in the bright winter sun above the quaint and welcoming town. Forest trails and alpine bowls create a winter wonderland for acres of unrivalled adventure that includes alpine skiing and snowboarding, catskiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Those very mountains have inspired the legends that define Fernie, where the mythical Griz brings the pillowy soft snow they call champagne powder. Fernie’s annual Griz Days Winter Festival on March 6-8 pays homage to this legend with fun activities and the annual Extreme Griz Competition.
The deeply rooted ski season has been thrilling and inspiring visitors for decades. From Fernie’s lively cultural hubs to the comforts of mountainside pubs and hot tubs and the convenience of ski-in ski-out lodging, guests will find themselves immersed in local hospitality and a true Canadian Rockies winter experience. Did you know the movie Hot Tub Time Machine was partially filmed in Fernie and will celebrate 10 years this winter?
Fernie Alpine Resort is situated just 5 kilometers from town and is part of the official ‘Powder Highway’. The skiing there benefits from the best of the northwest weather effect known locally as the ‘Fernie Factor’. The encircling mountains create a microclimate—bringing wave after wave of fresh white powder snow and turning each day into a thrilling new adventure of ever-changing vistas and discoveries.
An average of over 30 feet of snow per season and 142 runs for all abilities is enough to keep most skiers and riders happy; add to this high-speed quads with virtually no lift lines, five alpine bowls, extensive gladed terrain, plus the joy of skiing without the need to acclimatize, and you may just think you’ve hit the winter jackpot. Blue runs offering extensive intermediate terrain conveniently connect to gently graded and immaculately groomed beginner runs. Steep, deep and daring advanced terrain is featured across the mountain, with black and double black diamond runs which add challenging aspects and extreme gradient powder runs for confident intermediates and experts.
More than just a ski and snowboard destination, there is a passionate outdoor culture in Fernie that celebrates the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain environment and all it offers. Visit Fernie this winter season, with the current exchange rate you’ll save big too. Plan your trip at tourismfernie.com.