Synonymous with legendary powder, Fernie is a unique winter playground in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
The terrain in this hidden corner of British Columbia offers endless opportunities for winter fun – everything from the highest, most powder-blessed downhill skiing in Canada and groomed snowmobile trails to magical cross-country skiing and legendary cat skiing.
With an average annual snowfall of over thirty feet, Fernie Alpine Resort is perfect for snow sports enthusiasts of all levels. From groomed family-friendly terrain to extensive steep and deep powder, there’s something for everyone with the central village making a nice meeting point for all. Nordic skiing, snowshoe, snowmobile and nature tours, evening kids programs, plaza festivals and other snow-related events are also on offer, Fernie is the perfect place to embrace winter in the great outdoors.
In the spring, when snow melts from the Elk Valley in the Kootenay Rockies, a whole new world of vacation possibilities opens up, including hiking, river rafting, mountain biking and world-class fly-fishing. Although there is only one golf course in Fernie proper, a short drive over to Cranbrook and Kimberley opens additional golfing possibilities for an afternoon on the links.
Fernie is also one of the few remaining places where legendary skiing meets down-to-earth, warm and inviting mountain culture with a classic ski-town vibe. Fernie has seen a revival in the historic downtown and now visitors can walk around town with the help of a self-directed walking tour, and learn more about the architecture of Trinity Church, City Hall and the striking Fernie Courthouse. Many of the older buildings are being restored and finding new glory as restaurants, shops and galleries.