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“Winter fantastic - Summer depends”

Fernie Alpine Resort
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Fernie
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Deep in the snow, high up on the Powder Highway, lies Fernie Alpine Resort. With 37 feet of perfect powder, stunning scenery, 5 huge alpine bowls and endless downhill thigh burning runs. Don't miss an opportunity to fall in love with Fernie, start in the large Learning Area at the base of the mountain serviced by its own t-bar lift, once comfortable you have a huge resort full of secret powder pockets and hidden mountain spots to keep you occupied throughout your skiing/riding career! Find out why Fernie has been named as a Top 25 Ski Town in the World, Best Winter Trip and Coolest Town in North America in recent years.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 21, 2014

Multiple ski lifts and lots of different skill level skiing - summer limited to hiking and Mountain biking. Staff is friendly, place is clean and well maintained.

Thank millie2007
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Just came back from Mountain Biking at Fernie. Besides the rain, a great resort to ride. The staff is friendly and they opened up a couple new trails this year. My only wish is that they had more varied terrain off the Timber Chair. My buddy is fairly new and being able to use the high speed quad would've been nice but no terrain for someone newer to the sport. All Black runs up there. We were stuck on the Elk Chair, great runs there but a slow chair. Overall a fun time and only a 3 hour drive.

3  Thank jreuto
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

Skiing in the resort the very last days of the season. The area & vertical is excellent. I wash´t so lucky with snow conditions. Varm, a bit of rain.
It was quite clear that it was season ending = the service from resort staff was sloppy.

Thank ulvulf
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Powder. Powder, Powder, Just WOW!!!
Fernie Alpine resort has to be skied to be believed. Reading and hearing about it simply does not do it justice. Do yourself a favour next winter. Spend the extra time required to travel from Banff or Calgary down to Fernie for a completely different ski holiday. You will not be disappointed. As a bonus you will find cheaper accommodations than in Banff. There are not as many restaurants in town as we would have liked but we did not go hungry. (Try the Japanese.) Be sure to check the weather forecasts as the road conditions can lengthen your drive time. While there we experienced no lift lines so we were able to maximize our time on the mountain. The variety is almost endless as three days does not allow you to experience everything on offer. There are 5 bowls and the Polar headwall area wall to explore. We spent three glorious days skiing in powder conditions to die for. Knee deep powder the first morning and totally un-tracked runs. Every day we had fresh powder to ski in as it snowed each night up on the mountain. Many of the trails are left un-groomed and some are partly groomed so you can ski into and out of the powder as your thighs start to burn. Start off on the Elk Chair (to the far right) and spend the morning in the Lizard bowl until you get your legs back. Then head on over to the Curry Bowl for some “out-of-this world” powder runs. Boarders will love the bowls but be warned there is no Snowboard park here. “First Tracks” must be experienced at least once while you are there. Be warned this resort caters to intermediate, advanced skiers and powder hounds. There are only a few few green runs and lots of flat spots at the bottom of the Timber Bowl that can tire out a beginner. However the most inexperienced skier in our group did find enough variety to enjoy herself. But beginners be warned!! There is a difficult black diamond traverse trail that can be confused with a Green run because the GREEN Curry Bowl boundary line on the trail map overlaps the Black run on the map. Intermediates will be challenged and experts will think they have died and gone to ski heaven. Go to Whistler if you want to simply ski on machine groomed cardboard runs, The staff and ski school instructors are simply excellent. The kiddie program actually has instructors who like skiing with kids. You won’t see them for the entire day unless you meet them in the lift line. Take a lesson even if you are an advanced skier/boarder as they will show you some hidden gems that only an insider knows about. Must give a shout out to instructor Breen. His tips helped improve my powder skiing. Now I cannot wait for next year. I now know where to go and I know the mountain somewhat better.

3  Thank Hardoil
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is almost always the best skiing in Canada, with consistently excellent conditions...but only go if you like lots of snow, and powder is often available at your discretion. You can also ski groomers, glades, bowls and incredible vertical. I grew up skiing in the Alberta Rockies but was not aware that the best skiing was close by (in Fernie). Enjoy all 142 runs! Although the snow at Fernie Alpine Resort is legendary, the summers are also amazing.

Thank Enjoy-the-outdoors-5
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