Day 1 was Schweitzer. We only skied one run in the fog with 50 MPH winds. The winds got even worse and they shut down all the lifts at 9:30. I’ll have to come back another time.
Day 2 & 3 Fernie. There was almost no one on the hill despite being the Thursday and Friday before family day/pres weekend. Lots of great powder stashes all over the mountain. My favorite runs were off the peak chair, Mars and “Steep and Deep.” Tons of great skiable terrain with a comparably low lift capacity means fresh powder all day and even the day after the storm, great!
Day 4 & 5 Whitefish. The holiday weekend crowds resulted in lift lines for #1 and #7. Lines were pretty consistent at 15 minutes with a brief morning spike at #7 that was 30+ minutes. No lines at all other lifts. We got 10” over the weekend and even with the crowds, lots of runs were empty and untracked even at the end of the day.
I’m a big fan of Fernie and Whitfish now and hope to get back soon. Low crowds, low prices and big ski terrain was great. Fernie has a little more expert terrain and longer expert pitches. Whitefish has some expert stuff too and has a ton of great single black stuff. My wife enjoyed the blues at both places too, especially since they were generally empty with plenty of groomed and ungroomed options.
The only minor negatives was lift 1 at Whitefish. Despite being the most important lift out of the base area, it doesn't open until 9:30. The lift layout also requires you to take a long road to get back to lift 1 (I don’t know why they didn’t realign lift 1 when they upgraded it to a HSQ. A base near the base of lift 4 or by the day lodge would be much better.) Again, these issues were very minor and I highly recommend Whitefish and Fernie.
Fernie: (It was foggy on and off so only a few pics)
Typical (lack of) crowd in the white pass area
top of timber bowl lift
East rim from summit
Lift 2 area
Great views into Glacier National Park