Altitude: 1068 Meters

Fernie Alpine Resort in short

  • Popular with Brits; 3-hr drive from Calgary Intl
  • Guaranteed snow
  • Laid-back vibe

Fernie Alpine Resort, in interior British Columbia, is famous for its mounds of fresh powder snow. Surprisingly, it has yet to be discovered by the masses, and a trip here will be a one-of-a-kind experience. Fernie Alpine Resort has a small base with some ski-in, ski-out accommodation and restaurants at the hill itself. The ski area is quintessentially Canadian, with several areas only accessible by snowcat. Unique opportunities include getting yourself a professional ski video made by a drone, or taking a class that gets you access to the slopes before anybody else.

Just ten minutes from the ski area, downtown Fernie is a former mining town nestled in a box canyon with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Brimming with heritage buildings in Old West and Victorian style, the town’s tourism industry has blossomed in recent years. Fernie is slowly becoming a trendy shopping and entertainment mecca, and there’s a good chance the resort will see further developments in coming years.

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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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Restaurants and bars

The Lost Boys Café is a mountain hut with good views. For après-ski, head to the Kodiak Lounge, the Griz Bar or the Cirque Restaurant and Bar. Downtown Fernie is becoming a foodie hotspot, with local cheese (Grand Fromage), beer (Fernie Brewing Co.) and chocolate (Beanpod). Canada’s alcohol laws have become laxer of late and you might be able to find some cheap local wines.

Alternate activities

Other winter activities include ice fishing, snowmobiling, sledge rides, fat biking, snowbiking and snowshoeing. While you’re here, don’t miss out on the famous Canadian wildlife – the area is home to grizzly and black bears as well as cougars, wolves, elk and bald eagles. The bustling Fernie downtown area offers several art galleries, a theatre, and a historic walking tour. For an authentic Canadian experience, catch a local hockey game. There is a spa at the Island Lake Lodge Resort, accessible by snowcat. Fernie is big on film, with a film festival in November and indie films all winter. The Griz Days Winter Festival takes places annually in March and has a parade, fireworks and a lumberjack show.


Fernie does family-friendly ski lessons. There is also daycare for young children, as well as an adventure park. Fernie Aquatic Centre has pools, waterslides and a huge hot tub.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Fernie Alpine Resort

Restaurants 5 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 3 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos - Concert hall -
Cinema -  

 Ski school and ski lessons Fernie Alpine Resort

No. of ski schools - Private ski lessons; -
No. of ski instructors - Ski lessonsYes, price on request
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessonsYes, price on request
Ski lessons in - Cross-country skiingYes, price on request

 Facilities Fernie Alpine Resort

No. of hotels - Supermarkets 1
Total no. of hotel beds - Banks -
Total no. of beds -

 Tourist information for Fernie Alpine Resort

Fernie Alpine Resort
0403 - 254 - 7669

 Distances from Fernie Alpine Resort

Railway station
- by bus
Calgary approx. 300 km
From the motorway:approx. 300 km

 Fernie Alpine Resort for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children
Merry-go-round -

  Leisure & sports activities Fernie Alpine Resort

Public sauna - Footpaths -
Fitness centre - Torchlight descent -
Public solarium - Indoor ice rink -
Massage - Outdoor ice rink -
Spa & wellness Curling -
Indoor swimming pool - Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding -
Paragliding - Snowmobile tours -
Indoor tennis court - Toboggan run -
Squash court -

Ski blog about Fernie Alpine Resort

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 ›

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Fernie Alpine Resort

Ski area

Total slopes 140 (km)
Blue slopes 40 km
Red slopes 60 km
Black slopes 40 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (9 )
Drag lifts 2
Chair lifts 7
Gondola lifts 0
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