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Fernie - Ski Area Guide

Fernie, Canada

Ski Resort in Canadian Rockies - 220km137 miles of Piste (1,070m3,510ft to 1,930m6,332ft). Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

With an annual snowfall of 8.75 m (29 feet) and limitless terrain, Fernie has a ski experience to meet the needs of all abilities.

 Fernie Snow News

The next notable snow forecast for Fernie is 7cm3in, expected on 13 December, with around 11cm4in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Who is Fernie good for?

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Ratings for Fernie

Fernie Ski Area

Black Pistes
Expert Trails
47
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
36
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
23
Pistes
Number of runs
107
Downhill
Total Length
220km137 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
14km9 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
10
Piste and Lift Stats for Fernie

Fernie Ski Area Height

Max Vertical860m2,822ft
Highest Lift1,930m6,332ft
Lowest Piste1,070m3,510ft
Resort Altitude (Fernie)1,070m3,510ft
Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Fernie
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Fernie

The Canadian Ski Resort of Fernie is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Canada and has direct access to 220km137 miles of downhill skiing, with 107 individual pistes, served by 10 ski lifts.

There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Fernie are perfectly feasible.

Skiing in Fernie

Renowned for its superb natural snow conditions the season at Fernie usually starts at the end of November and lasts well into April with an annual average snowfall of 8.75m (29 feet) thanks to the legendary Griz and his trusty musket. To this day the residents of Fernie pay tribute to the Griz by holding the annual Griz Festival as homage to their Powder King. For the ultimate powder experience Fernie has its own First Tracks programme which involves an early start but is well worth it to make your own first tracks in the fresh powder.

The lower mountain is a beginners delight and the runs are all well marked with return to base access so parents can relax while the kids are out enjoying themselves. There are 119 defined trails, five alpine bowls and acres of tree skiing/boarding to test your skills on. Experts are never bored gliding through the glades, dropping off ridges, checking out chutes or making first tracks in the powder. The Mini Moose and Mighty Moose lifts are the places for first-time skiers though for the ultimate confidence boost a lesson with the Winter Sports School is recommended to really get you cruising with style. Lessons are available in all disciplines from alpine to telemarking and cross-country.

The Deer and Elk Chair lifts access wide open daily groomed rolling slopes perfect for all ages whether skiing or boarding. The runs off the Elk Chair are some of the best to warm up your ski legs before taking the Boomerang or Great Bear chairs for the easiest access to the fabulous Cedar Bowl terrain. Both the Cedar and

Lizard Bowls are marked blue for intermediate and offer terrain that will entice you to try off-piste and glades. Friendly Mountain Hosts are on hand for complimentary tours which leave from the base twice daily at 9:30

am and 1:00 pm.

Guided tours of the cross country trails are also available with 14km of trackset and groomed trails through the pine forests below the Siberia Bowl and beyond. Every Friday to Sunday everyone has the chance to take part in a fun NASTAR race with family and friends for all ages and abilities. The race includes two timed runs and everyone who participates will receive an official NASTARrace pin.

Snowboarding in Fernie

Fernie is highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Fernie.

Fernie Apr├ęs Ski

Many of Fernie's after skiing activities take place on snow and include various different ways of taking in the spectacular mountain scenery with the choice of various modes of transport. Fernie Wilderness Adventures have a 1,000 acre playground of private land with an almost non-existent avalance risk. Experienced guides will take you to places you would probably never find by yourself and where you can expect to see deer, moose, elk, rocky mountain bighorn sheep and possibly even the occasional wolf, coyote. lynx or bobcat. You could learn to mush your own sled with an introduction to the basics of handling a team of dogs.

If you prefer a more relaxing option there are horse-drawn sleigh rides varying from a half hour trip to an entire evening with inclusive Cowboy Dinner. A great way to pick up some skill building tips could be on a cross-country ski or snow shoe tour with an experienced guide who will very likely be a mine of information with lots of local knowledge.

The Powderhorn Restaurant and Lounge has one of Fernie's largest outdoor patios and is the perfect place to unwind and relax by the fireside and enjoy a drink with friends after a day on the hill (children welcome too). If you decide to travel to Downtown Fernie The Grand Central is worth visiting. Its a historic hotel with a recently renovated bar and has the honour of being Fernie's first smoke free bar. Its a popular party spot with live music, funky guest DJs, large TV screens, pool tables and food. Another spot for live music, especially classic rock and blues, is The Northern, or theres The Eldorado Lounge, located in the old historic livery building the interior is very modern and live music and DJ's keep the crowds dancing.

Fernie in brief

Fernie Ski Resort is:
Very good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.

Fernie Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Fernie.

 Open.

Usual opening - Early Dec.

Usual closing - Late April.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Fernie.

Fernie Webcams

The Webcams in Fernie are not always up-to-date. Please check the date on the image to ensure you are seeing current snow conditions.

Where is Fernie?

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Fernie Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Fernie is able to augment natural snow, with 2 Snow Cannons.

Fernie Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 10 Ski Lifts of Fernie are able to uplift 13,716 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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