Fernie Ski Resort

Scoring up to 11m of snowfall each winter, Fernie is home to some of Canada’s most reliable powder and a network of excellent tree runs.

Located three hours south of Calgary, close to the US border, Fernie is a popular destination that is famed for its powder skiing. The mountain is divided into seven distinct zones, of which all (aside from the gentle slopes of the Lower Mountain) are home to excellent tree skiing and steeper terrain. The toughest challenges can be found in Currie Bowl and at Polar Peak – the latter is home to steep, above-treeline, double black diamond terrain.

When staying here, you have the chance to stay either in the valley town of Fernie around five miles to the north, where there is more choice of accommodation and dining options, or on the hill itself. Kimberley resort is around 90 minutes away and combining the two during one trip is a popular option.

Our Fernie Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Excellent steep terrain and tree skiing

Largest ski vertical in the Canadian Rockies

Option to either stay on the mountain or in the town of Fernie below

Cons

Can get busy at weekends with visitors from Calgary

Quite an old and slow lift system – only two high speed chairs

Upper bowls can take a while to reopen after heavy snowfall

Fernie Skiing and Snowboarding

The lower mountain offers up some very good groomed terrain for beginners and early intermediates, almost all of which is rated green. Above this however, there are few greens and most of the runs are much steeper. For long groomers head to the runs off the Timber Bowl Express, which drop over 650 vertical metres.

It is however, the tree and powder skiing that attract most people to Fernie. For the best trees head to Siberia or Timber Bowl, whilst the bowl below Polar Peak and Cedar Bowl offer more open skiing – these are ideal on sunny powder days.

  • Total Pistes: 2500 acres
  • Beginner: 30%
  • Intermediate: 40%
  • Advanced/Expert: 30%
  • Lifts: 10
  • Altitude: 1052m – 2134m

Big White Piste Map

The local area piste map can be downloaded here.

Fernie Resort

There are two options when staying at Fernie. For maximum convenience base yourself at the Mountain Resort, located right at the foot of the slopes. Whilst it may make your trip up the hill quicker, there is not a huge amount going on up on the hill, especially in the evening.

For a more lively atmosphere, a good choice of accommodation and the best bars and restaurants in the area, base yourself down in the small town of Fernie itself. It is only five miles away and a bus service links it to the resort, but having a car here helps – especially as it means you will be able to explore other resorts nearby.

How to get to Fernie

Calgary lies around three and a half hours to the north of Fernie. Hiring a car will not only make this journey smooth, but it will also mean you can visit other resorts.

  • Calgary airport: 3.5 hours

Fernie Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Beginner
In Resort
  • Family Friendly
On Slope
  • Boarder
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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