Fernie's 2,500 acres pack in a lot of variety, from high open slopes to thick forest - but its distinctive feature is the lightly wooded glades in all the bowls. Quite a few runs go directly down the fall line. However you get the best out of the area with some sort of local guidance. Without it, you can end up in tight trees on slopes of double-diamond steepness.
Real powder hounds should try the local snow-cat skiing.