If you want high quality skiing in the Rockies then you might want to consider Fernie as the place to head during the winter months, particularly if you’re an expert skier who wants to take on a new challenge.

Located in British Columbia, the resort is something of a hidden gem when it comes to Canadian skiing, which is partly why it may not have featured in your thinking alongside the likes of Banff, Whistler and Lake Louise.

Just because you might not have heard of Fernie however, you certainly shouldn’t discount it as to do so would be preventing you from enjoying some of the best powder snow conditions anywhere in the Rockies.

Uncrowded trails and high levels of snow are to be expected throughout the ski season, which means there isn’t really a bad time to visit.

Alongside an extensive beginner area that features a selection of wide open slopes there is a range of more challenging blue trails that cater for intermediate levels skiers.

However, it is the experts who will really enjoy the challenge that Fernie provides – including no fewer than five incredible powder bowls and numerous ridges and chutes.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch and we’ll help you discover what all the fuss is about…

Off Piste Skiing in Fernie

There’s plenty of opportunity to head off piste during a trip to Fernie – in fact it’s one of the main reasons why a lot of expert skiers head there in the first place.

The deep powder provides a challenge to even the more experienced skier but – as ever – heading off piste comes at your own risk and you would be advised to take onboard any advice provided by local guides.

Family Skiing in Fernie

Although the experts will love Fernie, there’s also plenty to cater for the family market as well – so those with children in tow might also want to consider it for their winter break.

As well as the various beginner slopes, there are special children’s trails to keep the youngsters entertained and the fact that none of the slopes are particularly busy is also something that will appeal to families keen to escape the crowds.

Family friendly accommodation – including some ski-in, ski-out options – is also available.

Apres-Ski in Fernie

As more people discover Fernie, so the options increase when it comes to après-ski.

Now you’ll be able to find a selection of restaurants that offer the chance to sample cuisine from around the globe, which range from sushi and curries, to steaks, pizza and burgers.

A number of bars provide somewhere to relax with a drink, with the possibility of listening to live music or taking in the latest sporting action on the big screen.

Non-Skiing Activities in Fernie

As is the case across Canada’s ski resorts, there is a range of winter based activities for those who want to spend some time away from the slopes.

You could head out on a snowmobile trip under moonlight, sample some dog-sledding, hit the skating rink or team up with friends for game of ten pin bowling.

Cross-country skiing is also an option off the slopes.

Gary's Little Gems in Fernie

If you want to get away from the crowds and experience some great off-piste bowl skiing, tree skiing and powder, Fernie is made for you.

Resort Details

  • Resort Altitude: 1065 km
  • Total Piste: 220 km
  • Longest Run: 5 km
  • Directions of Slopes: S, SE
  • Chairlifts: 6
  • Drag Lifts: 4
  • Snow Parks: 1
  • Good for Families
  • Groups
  • Lively Après Ski
27 runs
Beginners The lower mountain is perfect for beginners and those looking to practice
36 runs
Intermediates Stunning intermediate level skiing is a major feature of the resort
47 runs
Advanced Explore powder bowls and steep runs that are great for experts

Flight info

Approx flight time:
8 hours 50 mins (Calgary)
Time zone:

Calgary International Airport