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Mountain Stats

  • 889 cm of annual snowfall
  • 1013 total skiable hectacres
  • Top elevation 2149 m, base 1068 m
  • 30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 25% advanced, 3% expert
  • Projected opening: 30/11/2013
  • Projected closing: 13/04/2014

Things to do in Fernie

Fernie offers a host of classic outdoor activities for those who just can't get enough of winter. Here are a few of the most popular things to do in Fernie:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Curling
  • Ice Skating
  • Backcountry ski touring
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog sledding tours

Fernie Beginner Terrain

Beginners can enjoy 30 percent of Fernie’s 2,500-plus skiable acres, and they’re not limited to the base area. Beginners on a Fernie ski vacation can also enjoy mid- and upper-mountain views. First-time skiers will enjoy learning on the gentle slopes off the Mighty Moose chairlift, and once they’re ready to progress to longer green runs, the Deer Chair provides access to more nearly a dozen green runs. More experienced beginners will revel skiing off top of the high-alpine Great Bear Express quad. Here beginners can experience bowl skiing down the middle of the wide-open Lizard Bowl.

Fernie Budget Hotels

A penny-pinchers delight, Fernie ski resort is the perfect destination for skiers and snowboarders who want excellent snow and even better value. The vast majority of the Fernie lodging options are affordable.

Located less than 250 yards from the chairlifts, the Timberline Lodge provides guests with comfortable—and conveniently placed—condominiums, featuring full kitchens, cable TV, and private balconies. Other amenities include game rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub and laundry facilities. Pets are welcome.


More than just a hotel room, the pet-friendly Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge is a home away from home on your Fernie ski vacation. Room options include executive units, kitchenette units, and Diamond and Platinum suites. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, onsite Boston Pizza and Sports Bar, onsite liquor store and onsite massage services are also available.

Fernie Restaurants

Like it’s overall vibe, the Fernie dining scene is decidedly laid-back. Offering everything from fresh grilled-salmon entrees to spicy curry and hearty burgers, Fernie's restaurants provide varied, and affordable, dining options.  Below are some examples of Fernie's top restaurants.

  • Head to Fernie Cattle Company, on Highway 3, for fresh, local grass-fed steaks.
  • Yamayoga serves up the area’s best-rated sushi, fresh from the Pacific.
  • For incredible, all-natural pizza head to Loaf Bakery and Restaurant, on 2nd Avenue.
  • For a relaxed atmosphere and classic pub food, don’t miss The Brickhouse Bar & Grill.
  • Warm yourself up at The Curry Bowl on a cold winter’s night, located on 7th Avenue.

Fernie Expert Terrain

Challenge-seekers have plenty of black diamond options, with 30 percent of the terrain designated as black diamond, but the Polar Peak express chairlift is a game-changer for experts. The Polar Peak lift—installed in 2011—carries skiers to Polar Peak’s 7,800-foot summit and provides access to new bowl, chalk-full of expansive steeps that’ll get the heart pumping. Polar Peak Lift also boasts the biggest vertical in the Canadian Rockies.

Fernie is also home to two renowned cat-skiing operations ready to make your backcountry powder dreams come true. Guided ski tours are also available for those who like to earn their turns.

Boasting perfectly varied terrain, Fernie's slopes caters to beginners through advanced-intermediate families. The resort's lodging provides plenty of high-quality, reasonably priced and family-friendly accommodations. Your clan will love a Fernie family ski vacation.

Fernie Family-Friendly Hotels

Ski in, ski out Snow Creek Lodge at Fernie provides guest with well-appointed condominiums, featuring a natural gas fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen. Amenities include a heated, outdoor pool and hot tub, the Snow Creek Boutique, an exercise room and wellness center and underground parking.

Fernie's ultimate four-season mountain resort, Lizard Creek Lodge, sits right on the slopes, making it an easy option for families craving convenience. The property features spacious condominiums with hotel amenities, including a spectacular outdoor pool and spa, onsite four-star dining, health spa, and pre-arrival grocery shopping.

Fernie Intermediate Terrain

Close to half (40 percent) of Fernie’s 2,500-plus acres are reserved for intermediate skiers. Fernie provides intermediates with incredible all-mountain access. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders can enjoy blue terrain from all of Fernie’s 10 chairlifts, including the high-alpine Polar Peak chairlift. Everything from pristine corduroy to wide-open bowls are yours for the taking. The Fernie intermediate skiing provides a truly unforgettable experience.

Fernie is the ultimate British Columbia ski destination for skiers and snowboarders looking for excellent prices on lodging and lift tickets, consistent snow and world-class terrain and snow conditions. Few resorts can offer Fernie’s value.

Fernie Hotels & Condos

Conveniently located less than 250 yards from the chairlifts, the Timberline Lodge provides guests with comfortable, economical condominiums. The units feature topnotch full kitchens, cable TV and private balconies. Other amenities include game rooms, laundry facilities and an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub and laundry facilities. Pets are welcome.

Ski in, ski out Snow Creek Lodge at Fernie affords guest well-equipped condominiums, featuring a natural gas fireplace and a full kitchen. Amenities include a heated, outdoor pool and hot tub, an exercise room and wellness center and complimentary underground parking.

The most luxurious aspect of Fernie is its 350-plus-foot annual snowfall. This down-to-earth, core skiers resort does not boast a slew of five-star properties, but you’ll feel like a million bucks when you’re floating through Fernie’s perfect British Columbia powder.

Fernie Luxury Hotels

Located less than 250 yards from the chairlifts, Snow Creek Cabins are classic Canadian log cabins tucked in the cedars above the Snow Creek Lodge and located slope side. These two-bedroom loft, two-bathroom log cabins feature wrap around decks or balconies full kitchen facilities, cable TV and internet access and  provide full access to all the Snow Creek Lodge's amenities.

Fernie's ultimate four-season mountain resort, Lizard Creek Lodge is situated right on the hill close to the Elk Quad chairlift and features various condominiums with world-class hotel amenities, including a spectacular outdoor pool and spa, four-star dining, health spa, conference facilities, 24-hour front desk, valet parking, underground parking and pre-arrival grocery shopping. The condo units come with a fully equipped kitchen, private balcony and frequent shuttle bus service to and from the ski resort.

Fernie Apres-Ski Bars

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a raging dance-party into the wee hours of the morning, but that doesn’t mean that Fernie après-ski is tame. Several choice, locals' approved watering holes provide a fun atmosphere, entertainment and cold beers.

  • The Brickhouse Bar & Grill, located on 2nd Avenue, serves up great, casual food, tasty cocktails and great wines. Come for the food and drinks and stay for the live music.
  • Locals have been frequenting the on-mountain Griz Bar for well over a half-century thanks to its daily drink specials, live music and billiards.
  • For burgers, brews and burlesque head to the Northern Bar & Stage on 2nd Avenue.
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