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Fernie Ski Resort Guide

Fernie Ski Resort Guide

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Issued: 27 Nov

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Today’s Weather (1560 m)

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20 SW20
2 °C F-Level
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Fernie Alpine Resort is located 3 miles/5 km from the city of Fernie, in
southeastern British Columbia, on the west side of the Canadian Rockies.
Known for its inbound steeps, Fernie has been compared to Red Mountain,
Alta, Snowbird, Crested Butte, and Jay Peak. It has five alpine bowls, along
with a wide variety of groomed runs. For starters, take a complimentary tour
to learn your way around this complex mountain. Off the piste, there are a
variety of on-mountain lodging properties ranging from hotels, condominiums
to private homes. A regular scheduled shuttle bus operates between the town
and the resort on a daily and evening basis during the winter season.

Resorts close to Fernie include: Island Lake Catskiing (8 km), FWA Powder Catskiing (14 km), Pass Powderkeg (47 km), Castle Mountain Resort (52 km), Kimberley (70 km),

Fernie ski chalets, resort hotel accomodation and ski lodging Fernie Chalets, Ski Hotels & Lodging

Fernie Location Maps

Fernie Location Map

All Fernie Resort Stats

Piste info

  • Trails (Pistes): 113
  • Beginner: 30%
  • Intermediate: 40%
  • Advanced: 30%
  • Cross-country: 15 km
  • Snowmaking: 1%
  • Acres of ski: 2504
  • Terrain Parks: 1
  • Halfpipes: 0


  • Restaurants: 9
  • Bars: 4
  • Slopeside accommodation: Y

Mountain info

  • Vertical Drop: 730 m


  • Draglifts: 3
  • Chairlifts: 6
  • Gondolas / Cable Cars: -
  • Toplift: m


  • Season opens: 29 Nov 2014
  • Season closes: 6 Apr 2015

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March 16 – Griz Kidz Winter Carnival
Family fun is coming to Fernie Alpine Resort. The plaza will be a buzz with activities, games and entertainment that the entire family can enjoy! The best part is that all the activities will be FREE of charge.

Mar. 23-24 – Kokanee Retro Weekend
Are you ready for ANOTHER totally bodacious day out on the slopes?! Bust out your one piece ski suits, headbands, spandex and other retro ski gear and join in all the festivities! The Plaza Beer Gardens will be a sea of retro looks as our DJ will be spinning all your favourite 70’s and 80's tracks, as always, along with non-stop Glacier Ice Cold Kokanee! The party doesn't stop there - join us in the GRIZ bar at night for the 4th Official HOT TUB TIME MACHINE celebration party and be transported back to the 80's with your favorite tunes. Word to your mother!

Mar 30 –Cardboard Box Derby
Not only a fun event but a great way to take care of your recycling. Participants recycle cardboard into the most creative of sleds (covered wagons, boats, helicopters the Flintstone mobile and more!!) and then ride them downhill.

Teams construct their sleds out cardboard, paint, glue and tape and cruise gracefully down a ski slope towards a target painted in the snow! This is not a race – there are no points for speed. The entries will be judged based on the construction and creativity of their design along with their accuracy to hit that target in the snow. The crafts can be simple or complex, with up to 4 “pilots’ to help maneuver the craft down the hill. A good time is assured, so get your team together.
Registration: Done at Guest Services. Registration details, cost and rules will be posted on www.skifernie.com shortly!

Mar. 31 – Griz Kidz Great Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny will make his annual stop at the resort. Kids see if you can find what the Easter Bunny left behind! Details coming soon!
Registration: None required

April 6 – Monster Energy Event
Monster Energy is brining something big to Fernie Alpine Resort. Details are a secret and are being kept in a safe guarded by sharks with lazers on them but details are coming soon…

April 16 –Powder, Pedal, Paddle Relay
Another local’s favorite- the PPP has been going strong since 1984! Teams of 1-5 people ski, bike, paddle & run in a fun (yet competitive!) relay race. Followed by a great dinner & party, this is the perfect season ender!
Registration: Done at Guest Services and hopefully online (working out the details with head office). Details will be posted in the new year

April 16– Fernival Weekend – Main Band
Fernival is back for another year!! What better way to celebrate the end of the 2012-2013 winter season than with live music and activities!!!
Join us in the plaza on Saturday for the big stage and main act. Previous years have brought us Spirit of the West, Ashley MacIsaac, Trooper and April Wine. I wonder what this year will bring....
Registration: None required

Information supplied 10 Mar 2013

Visitor Reviews of Fernie

Mo from Canada writes:

Fernie likes to deliver big dumps mid-week for the regulars. The Griz has always delivered, I don't have enough fingers to count all my powder days at Fernie. Nothing like barking down the Currie Bowl, off Polar Peak, after fresh snow. You want steep and deep you got it. You want a beginner hill for the little ones, you have that too. Sure if you're late season or early season, Fernie may not fully deliver. The season is a tad shorter than the others, but the peak season is by far the best snow option and best overall terrain option, with little to no lineups.

For those who "need" a gondola to get up the mountain... enough said. Revelstoke, is the only other mountain, in the Rockies, that I'd put in the same sentence as Fernie. Kicking Horse, with deep snow, is really good. But they often are in icy conditions, and I'd never take my kids to that hill; it's just setup poorly for beginners.

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City Forecasts
Closest to Fernie

city forecasts
Lethbridge, Canada 164 km
Calgary, Canada 189 km
Coeur d'Alene, United States 239 km
Opportunity, United States 260 km
Spokane, United States 267 km

Surf Breaks
Closest to Fernie

surf forecast
Fort. Ebey, United States 581 km
Super green, United States 621 km
Elwha, United States 640 km
Crescent, United States 650 km
Whiskey Creek, United States 655 km

Resorts and Mountain Peaks Surrounding Fernie

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Mountain Peaks
Closest to Fernie

mountain forecasts
Mount Fernie, Canada 4 km
Three Sisters (Elk Valley), Canada 9 km
Mount Hosmer (British Columbia), Canada 14 km
Tent Mountain, Canada 27 km
Mount Ptolemy (Crowsnest Range), Canada 32 km