Fernie

Overview

Fernie is a small resort that offers adventurous skiing. There is limited groomed cruising and this along with the misleading trail map & bad sign posting on the pistes means the skiing is not for the faint hearted. We would suggest that guiding is a good idea if you want to get the most out of your time here. The resort is improving it’s grooming and there is a good nursery area for beginners. The snow record is part of the reason this resort is popular and sometimes it is too much snow that causes problems. The mountain suits good boarders but there is quite a lot of traversing to be done and beginners are not really catered for here.

Positive

  • Good snow record
  • Good advanced skiing
  • On piste accommodation

 

Negative

  • A lot of old slow lifts
  • Lack of good mountain restaurants
  • Misleading piste map

Offslope/apres ski

Having very limited mountain restaurants, most people come back to resort to eat. There are some reasonable places to eat & some lively bars with ‘The Griz’ having live music and on Fridays it is possible to have a barbeque laid on by the resort followed by a torchlight descent. Fernie was named after a prospector who discovered coal in the area and there is a walking historical tour, which creates an interesting off-mountain excursion.

Our View

Good snow but better suited to the adventurous skiers/boarders among us.

At a glance

Chalets:
0
Hotel & Apartments:
7
Pistes:
2504 acres
Resort height:
1065m
Top station:
1925m

Suitability

Experts:
5 stars
Intermediates:
3 stars
Beginners:
4 stars
Non-Skiers:
2 stars
Scenery:
3 stars
Resort charm:
2 stars
Nightlife:
3 stars