Fernie Alpine Resort is known for its great snow record and its old-time, western feel. The little town of Fernie was named for a prospector who discovered coal, starting a boom around the turn of the century. Now, the rush is to get to Fernie’s fantastic slopes. The resort boasts an average annual snowfall of […]
Fernie Alpine Resort is known for its great snow record and its old-time, western feel. The little town of Fernie was named for a prospector who discovered coal, starting a boom around the turn of the century. Now, the rush is to get to Fernie’s fantastic slopes. The resort boasts an average annual snowfall of 875 centimeters (29 feet). Snowmaking is not even needed!
Fernie’s 2,500 acres pack in a lot of variety for every level of skier. Beginners enjoy wide trails on the lower mountain as well as some long, winding runs down from higher lifts. Intermediates especially enjoy the tree skiing (helmet recommended) in addition to wide- open bowls and slopes. Heavy snowfall and lots of steep terrain pleases experts. Single and double-diamond slopes abound and experts can also take backcountry routes with the help of a guide.
The Winter Sports School at Fernie Alpine Resort offers several options for lessons in alpine, cross-country, and telemark skiing, as well as snowboarding. Snowboarders enjoy a terrain park and half-pipe in addition to the regular slopes. Cross-country skiers slide over 14 kilometers (9 miles) of groomed trails on two loops with part of a trail running through the woods. Other winter activities include snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh riding, and dog sledding.
While Fernie is growing, at its heart it is an old mining town with a small-town feel. There are small shops in the historic district that sell sports equipment, novelties and souvenirs, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink. However, most people come to Fernie for the great snow and the slopes, not a wild party atmosphere. This resort is best for people looking for great skiing, a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with magnificent views that never end.
8.75 m/29 ft
Average Winter Temp:
Length of Season:
More expert terrain than the size of most ski areas
Number of Lifts:
Types of Lifts:
2 quad chairlifts,
2 triple chairlifts,
4 surface lifts (1 t-bar, 1 platter, 1 tow, 1 conveyor)
Hours of Operation:
9 on-hill restaurants to choose from – full services
SKI IN – SKI OUT
GRIZ INN 2+ star
Treat yourself to Fernie B.C. Canada’s most popular inn. Our location at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort affords you the luxury of skiing from your door directly to chairlifts that will take you to some of the best skiing and powder snow that western Canada has to offer.
All this and more combined with our friendly staff make the Griz Inn your perfect holiday destination for every season.
|SNOW CREEK LODGE 3 star
We are in a ski-in/ski-down location right at the base of the mountain, with a heated outdoor swimming pool, two whirlpools, fitness room, meeting room and alpine room. These condominiums offer one and two bedroom suites featuring early Canadian architecture with stone, logs and wood, with decks or balconies, full kitchen facilities, gas fireplace and cable TV. Other common areas include a nurturing center for massages, ski lockers, heated underground security parking and elevators.
|CORNERSTONE LODGE 3+ star
Comfort and location define the Cornerstone Lodge. Located in Fernie Alpine Resort’s village plaza, this alpine lodge features 1 and 2 bedroom suites, each complete with the comforts of home, including a natural gas fireplace, a television and V.C.R. and balconies that offer spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding Elk Valley. This year-round lodge, complete with indoor jacuzzi and exercise room, is at the heart of Fernie Alpine Resort.
THUNDER RIDGE CHALETS 3+ star
This deluxe complex includes 3 and 4 bedroom condominiums. It is just a slide away from the ski lifts and is bordered by beautiful ski trails leading right to your door. Thunder Ridge offers all the essentials to make your holiday perfect – hot tubs, fireplaces and full kitchens. Thunder Ridge lets you be front and centre during your mountain vacation.
3 bedroom chalet – bedding varies (8 people max).
4 bedroom chalet – bedding varies (12 people max).
|TIMBERLINE LODGES 3+ star
Timberline Lodges offers five lodges in one convenient location with fully equipped one and two bedroom and suites with lofts, gas fireplaces, and balconies. There is access to heated outdoor pool and whirlpools, exercize room, games room and common laundry. Massages available. No pets allowed. Just a short walk to lifts or take complementary shuttle to the lifts.