Altitude: 1068-2149 Meters

Fernie in short

  • Best suited to beginner and expert skiers
  • Minimal queueing
  • Incredible snow quality

Fernie Alpine Resort is nestled in the shadow of two mountain peaks, the Grizzly and the Polar. It is located on BC’s so-called “Powder Highway” and boasts an average yearly snowfall of 10 metres. The ski area offers a nice balance of beginner, intermediate and expert pistes spread over five bowls, with a dedicated beginner-friendly area.

Fernie is famous for its steep skiing on ungroomed pistes, and the local ski school is a good place to brush up on your steep ’n deep skills. One downside is that many pistes are awkward to get to and require a long ski-out. First-time visitors might want to consider hiring a local guide to show them the terrain. But in general, expert skiers will have a blast exploring Fernie’s gladed fall-line pistes. Off-piste terrain is accessible by snowcat and there are a few dozen kilometres of cross-country trails as well. Expert snowboarders will have a field day on all the natural features of the mountain. Freestylers might be slightly less enamoured with the rudimentary snow park. Piste grooming is slow, especially after a big snowfall, but there is no shortage of easy enough pistes as long as you don’t mind them being ungroomed.

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Fernie is on the famous "powder highway" and it lives up to its name!! We skied powder every day of our holiday and since most of the pistes are left ungroomed...

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Fernie


Ski lifts

Additional information

Blue slopes40 km Drag lifts2Start of the season
Red slopes60 km Chair lifts7End of the season
Black slopes40 km Gondola lifts0Glacier
Off-piste0 km Train0Min. altitude1068 m
Total140 km Capacity14916 Pers./HourMax. altitude2149 m

travelResorts in Fernie ski area

Off-piste & freestyle in Fernie

Snow parks 0Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Fernie CAD 199.00 CAD 498.00

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Fernie CAD 223.00 CAD 558.00

Blogs about Fernie

30 May 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Tucked in the interior of the Canadian province of British Columbia along the aptly named "Powder Highway" is a cluster of little-known ski resorts that are home to some of the best skiing on Earth. This stretch of the Kootenay Rockies is renowned for its light, fluffy "champagne" powder snow, and most ski areas here receive over 10 metres of snow annually. These ski resorts, which lie well off the beaten track far from Whistler or Banff, see only the most diehard skiers and snowb... More ›