All winter, storms stream off the North Pacific. On the eastern edge of the Canadian Rockies, the storms stall, dropping metre after metre of snow before moving onto the plains. Fernie, BC sits in the middle of the infamous “stall zone”. There’s a 20 cm rule in Fernie: when the barometer falls and we receive 20cm (8 inches) of snow or more overnight, the meeting moves to the mountain – maybe Timber Chair or the Boomerang Chair. Locals are more likely to meet their neighbour skiing the face of the Bear than walking down Victoria Avenue. Even Ski Canada Magazine recognizes this, voting and awarding Fernie as the Best Ski town, with the Best Powder and the Best Deck Party. Accolades from a voice of experience.
Who’s looking at Fernie?
The National Geographic Society has Fernie in its list of the 2014 World’s Best Ski Towns. Read about it here. And previously Fernie won an award by being named the 2012 Best Ski Resort in North America at the prestigious World Snow Awards. Link to a recent article in the local paper The Free Press.
The National Geographic Society is featuring Fernie and the Fernie Nordic Society on one of its websites www.crownofthecontinent.natgeotourism.com This website explores the Alberta-BC-Montana mountain region and many of its natural attractions. One page is dedicated to the Fernie Nordic Society. Browse the website at the same time.
Legendary Snow and More…
Founded over 100 years ago, Fernie is the hub of Southeastern BC. Initially coal mines attracted adventurers from around the globe. The Italians, British, Aussies and the French found a home in the Elk River valley holding Fernie. Today Fernie remains remarkably diverse. We still draw international travelers, but today Fernie Alpine Resort is as much of a draw as the coal mines. The common factor becomes an appreciation for the mountains, the activities and the strong attraction to the wide variety of local cultural events. Fernie’s Historic Downtown bustles with shops, galleries, bistros and restaurants.
The Arts Station hosts concerts and performances throughout the year. At night, skiers fill the streets hopping from bistro to bar, burning up the last energy of the day. Fernie truly has something to offer everyone, from adventure to community, come and discover what will keep you coming back to Fernie for more! For more information about Fernie, and to plan your vacation visit Tourism Fernie
Recent feedback from skiers
- Thank you for the fantastic grooming!! ? by L.H. Apr 4, 2020
- Incredible conditions. Thank you for such great grooming. by L.K. Apr 4, 2020
- thank you for the awesome grooming! by J.D. Apr 4, 2020
- Many thanks again for keeping the trails open and groomed. Skiing this week in new falling snow has been extra special. The waxing has been a challenge. by M.P. Apr 4, 2020
- Our family is so thankful for all you do, particularly during this bizarre time of COVID-19 distancing … We wish all of you the very best. by H.K Apr12, 2020
- I wanted to thank you for a superb job in grooming the trails! I mainly use the Galloway. by E.B. Apr 12, 2020
- Thank you thank you for grooming, it has been amazing to be able to XC just to get some exercise in these crazy times! by A.C. Apr 19, 2020
- Thanks for all the good work all year long. It is really nice to ski these days. I will keep skiing as long as there is grooming! by J.C. Apr 19, 2020