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Fernie Alpine Resort Reviews

Kootenay

Fernie - Very Good but not "Legendary"

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Pros: Big & Varied Terrain; 2000' of Vertical; Lots of Steeps, Good Tree Skiing. Usually has Good Snow.

Cons: Long Traverses; Crowds on Weekends, Skis Out Quickly, Overblown Sense of Self-Importance, Potential for Rain & a Price Gouging Mentality

Fernie is my home mountain & I ski it around 35 to 40 times a season. Its located about 10 minutes from the town of Fernie, BC which can be seen from the slopes. It’s on the eastern slope of the Lizard Range of the Canadian Rockies and consists of 5 bowls divided by ridges which offer some very good steeps and tree skiing. All told there is around 2,000 acres of inbounds terrain of which I would say 50% black or a very deep shade of blue. There are also many back-country skiing opportunities in the area and three nearby cat ski operations.   Fernie styles itself as having "Legendary Powder". This is more marketing hype than the honest goods. It is true that given...
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Powder8Dog

Fernie Alpine Resort has the best snow in Canadian Rockies

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Pros: Snow, Terrain, Alpine Bowls, Glades

Cons: No terrain park but has rail park

Had to ski Fernie Alpine Resort after reading some recent forums. So made drive up from the states. Fernie Alpine Resort delivered- we had a classic weekend of new snow, band at the base area playing classic AC/DC tunes (can't even remember there name- real retro....) and lots of great people. Felt right at home. Stayed on mountain in a budget motel (no frills) and we skied our brains out - checking out all of the ridge lines and the chutes off each side. We found huge terrain here! it would take a long time to explore it all! Lots of fun! We are for sure going back
ExWanabe

A must ski for a Canadian Rockies ski trip

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Pros: Challenging terrain, tree skiing, hike-to terrain, nice scenery and nice town

Cons: Low elevation, possibility of rain

Skied here for 3 days during a Canadian Rockies trip.  Unfortunately it was in March of 2015 which was the warmest winter the area had seen in 50 years!  Lots of bare areas at the bottom but plenty of snow at the top, with spring skiing conditions.  Favorite runs were Snake Ridge, chutes and bowls under White Pass chair and Polar Peak runs.  There is plenty of off piste terrain to explore some of which was closed due to conditions.  Would definitely want o go back there during an average season.  We were lucky not to get any rain while we were there but the temperatures were a bit too warm for skiing; had to ski through some mud puddles at the bottom.  ...
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Freeride

Damn Fun hill with Awesome vibe.

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Pros: Easy access, ton's of steeps, chutes and challenging terrain, good grooming, excellent vibe

Cons: a little flat on the lower half of the mountain

In late January we experienced Fernie Alpine Resort in Fernie, British Columbia during the Kokanee Snow Dreams Festival. There was lot's going on and the resort had a great Vibe on the hill and the town was just as hopping. Makes you feel like your in a real Ski Town.                                                                 Looking into the Lizard Range from downtown Fernie     There's plenty of challenging terrain, good groomers, steeps and long runs. Fernie has 5 Alpine bowls which are are served by 10...
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manchester81

The Griz Delivers

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Pros: Snow, steeps, trees

Cons: Lift system on the old side, rain, expensive

 Fernie is a great hill. It has some great steeps, and it gets a good amount of snow. But it does rain on occasion. And it can be slow to open after a big dump.
KeithMDR

Good Family Vacation

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Pros: Lots of good hills

Friendly Canadians at every counter. Nice big hills with newer lifts. Good condos with hot tub on the balcony. We all had a fabulous time.
4ster

Nice variety, skis big.

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Pros: Variety, lots of different exposures, trees, chutes, bumps, groomers.

Cons: Cost. Prone to rain at the bottom.

I visted Fernie on a road trip in 2007 & also did a Trip Report with more information on my experience. Fernie is a good-sized destination resort with a base elevation of 3.500’ & tops out at 6,316’ for a vertical of 2,816’ & 2,504 acres. They have 10 lifts including 2 detachables. The skiing is a nice variety of groomed cruisers, tight steep trees & big wide-open bowls, with a few steep chutes thrown in.  There is a lot of skiing here, although some of the lifts are of the old and slow variety.  Nice lodges & slopeside lodging.  The town is only a short distance from the mountain.