The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 2 out of 5
  • Expert 5 out of 5
  • Intermediate 2 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 1 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 4 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 4 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Key facts

Resort1065 m
Slopes1065-2135 m
Lifts10
Pistes2500 acres
Price index155

Fernie

Canada

Fernie

The upside

  • Good snow record, with less chance of rain than at Whistler
  • Blissfully quiet much of the time
  • Great terrain for those who like it steep, deep, and lightly wooded – including confident intermediates
  • Snowcat operations nearby
  • Some convenient on-slope accommodation available, but ...

The downside

  • Mountain resort is very limited
  • Access to many excellent runs is via slow lifts and long traverses
  • Not a huge amount of groomed cruising to do
  • After a dump it can take time to make the bowls safe (and to get the groomed trails groomed again)
  • One basic mountain restaurant
  • Latest user reviews

    This is a very bad year for snow in Fernie. We arrived…

    carronbrae 11 Mar 2015 

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    News – 2017/18

    Trees have been removed to make two popular blue runs (Bow and Arrow) wider and more enjoyable. And two extra grooming machines and two more snowguns are in operation.

    Summary

    Fernie has long had cult status among the residents of Calgary, and we have also had a good flow of reports from enthusiastic British visitors impressed by the adventurous skiing – it’s mostly ungroomed, and much of it is steep, with a lot of lightly wooded slopes (rare in Europe). It’s now quite a good resort for novices, too. The ones who will want to look elsewhere are keen but cautious, piste-only intermediates.

    We find ourselves more strongly drawn to Fernie than the minus points listed on the left might lead you to expect. ‘Hard to explain how it gets under your skin,’ says a similarly smitten reporter. It is, Tanya, it is.

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    The slopes

    • Extent 3 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 2 out of 5
    • Snow 4 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 2 out of 5
    • Expert 5 out of 5
    • Intermediate 2 out of 5
    • Beginner 4 out of 5
    • Boarder 3 out of 5
    • X-country 3 out of 5
    • Restaurants 1 out of 5
    • Schools 4 out of 5
    • Families 4 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 2 out of 5
    • Convenience 4 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 3 out of 5
    • Apres ski 3 out of 5
    • Off-slope 2 out of 5

    Key facts

    Resort1065 m
    Slopes1065-2135 m
    Lifts10
    Pistes2500 acres
    Price index155