Canada - Fernie Resort Review

Overview for Fernie Alpine Resort

Overall Rating:   4 star rating
Breakdown of Runs:

Lifts: 10  Runs: 112  Parks: 1

 Season: Early December to mid April

  • Good variety of terrain
  • High average annual snowfall
  • Lift queues are rare
  • Resort is 3 miles from town
  • Long transfer from the airport
  • Only rails in the park, no jumps

The Slopes

Fernie is a reasonably large resort with plenty of both groomed and non-groomed terrain. The amenities at the ski hill are good with cafes, bars and restaurants strategically placed.

The beginner areas are around the lower part of the mountain. There is a magic carpet and button lift in the learning area and 2 chairlifts leading to easy blue and green runs. Giving an easy progression to intermediate

For Intermediate riders there are challenging blue runs across the whole mountain, along with a few easy blacks. The bowls riding here is an excellent way to progress from the intermediate to advanced level.

Fernie is full of advanced terrain with plenty of steep blacks and double blacks. There are natural hits and lips all over the mountain and a rail park for those who are into jibbing. For the rest of you check out the steep glades and various gullies around the edges of the Currie, Lizard and Cedar bowls.

The Nightlife

The majority of the nightlife in Fernie is based in the town. There is a bar and a few restaurants on the ski hill but it is a bit limited. Downtown Fernie is alive at night with restaurants and bars suitable for everyone. Most of the restaurants can be found along the highway while most of the bars are on 1st or 2nd Avenue. The local junior ice hockey team The Fernie Ghostriders play at the rink on Highway 3 most weekends. Watching the hockey is a popular pastime for both the locals and tourists in Fernie.

If you are around at the start of the season don’t miss the Mogul Smoker. A truely awesome all night outdoor party, with top DJ's and lots of dancing round a huge fire. Other big nights in Fernie are Austrailia day, St Patricks day and the Griz days festival. Check the Fernie Fix magazine for events while you’re there.


Fernie is located in the south east corner of British Columbia. The nearest international airport is Cranbrook 100km away, although Calgary is a much larger airport and is cheaper to fly to. Calgary is around a 4 hour drive to the north east.

There is a regular bus that shuttles people to and from the ski hill, day and night. Accommodation is available in both downtown Fernie and at the resort.

Fernie is a picturesque Canadian town with plenty of history surrounding it. Make sure you learn about the Griz as he can make it snow!

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The Ceder Bowl at Fernie Alpine Resort Griz Days snowboard jib jam at the Royal in Fernie The Bear run in the Lizard bowl at Fernie View from the Currie Bowl at Fernie snowboarding Resort