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.