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Condo Rental at Fernie

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
We are looking for a ski in/out condo at Fernie to for 7-8 people. We will be heading there Feb. 19th for a week. If anyone knows of any links for rentals or if someone is looking to rent for that time period please let me know.

Thanks
post #2 of 19

Try this...

I've had good luck with this service at other resorts, and they have a good Fernie selection.

www.ownerdirect.com
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I will have a look at that this morning.
post #4 of 19
FYI, many of the condos are ski in but not ski out, unless you want to skate uphill for quite a while. For true ski in/out Snow Creek Lodge is probably the best choice.

There is a shuttle for the lower condos though.
post #5 of 19

Fernie condos

Try www.okchalets.com as well....there are 12 pages of listings.
post #6 of 19
no help at all with acc'm but if you need tickets....
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=48467

Lift tickets for Alberta and BC.
buy one, get one 50% off for
Fernie, Lake Louise, Kimberly, Jasper (Marmot Basin), Nakiska, Norquay (banff)
blackout dates for Dec 23 - Jan 7, Feb 15-25, March 24- April 9. and valid Monday to Thursday.
I have a bunch, each one good for one day at that resort, not valid at each hill.
Tickets are $60-80 a day so you can save $30-40 for two people. $10 each.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
Many thanks to all,

Looked up both sites, It appeares that there are very few ski/out at Fernie. Lots of ski in Walk out. I have found 2 possibilities including Snow Creek Lodge for our stay. I don't think that the ticket deal will work as we are arriving on the 19th and that seems to be a black out.

I also have a quick gear related question:

I am currently skiing on Volkl P60 GS, should I be looking for something wider in the midsection for our Fernie trip? Just wondering if I should be looking at something like the Head Monsters instead of the P60's?

Thanks,

Everyones input is greatly appreciated!

post #8 of 19
go at least 80mm for fernie
post #9 of 19
If it snows and it's wet (heavy snow) you will hate life on racing skis. There are places in town that rent fat skis, can't remember the names, one of them is Guide's Hut I think.
post #10 of 19
They rent Head im 88s at the base of the mountain if you want something like that. Fernie is often icy, so the Volkls might be just the ticket. I use my slalom skis all the time though the Metrons are particularly good here, because we often have powder pockets to be found while the lower part of the mountain is hardpacked.
post #11 of 19
This isn't normal, but when I was there two seasons ago the Pineapple express was in ful force and they were almost closed. They got a storm a week before left that open most of the mountain (on piste anyway). It didn't snow while we wee there and it was very firm and icy in many places. I was in need of new skis and demoed. I skiied Volkl 6 Stars the entire trip after demoing a few different skis the first day. i bought a pair at the end of that season.

So, you never know what you will get. Generally though you can count on lots of new soft snow there. I would take my Atomic E:MXs if I were going this year.
post #12 of 19
I stayed at the “Cottage in the Woods” last year with 5 buddies. Fantastic place, can’t hype it enough. It’s ski in, drive out. at the base of the hill and about 1km from the nearest other chalet. Great Log cabin, wood stove & big outdoor hottub looking up at the hill.
http://www.fernievacations.com
post #13 of 19
Personally if I go back to Fernie I would stay at the Best Western down in town. It's pretty nice and has door to slopeside shuttle service. There is a grocery store and liquor store right beside it and plenty of restaurant choices throughout town. If I had a group I would get a house instead of a condo.

The restaurant selection is limited on the mountain, so if you plan on eating out you will be shuttling/driving at night anyway. If you plan on eating in the whole time you will need to shuttle/drive into town to the grocery store.

Just wanted to give you a different view from someone that stayed ski in/walk out.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post
Personally if I go back to Fernie I would stay at the Best Western down in town. It's pretty nice and has door to slopeside shuttle service. There is a grocery store and liquor store right beside it and plenty of restaurant choices throughout town. If I had a group I would get a house instead of a condo.

The restaurant selection is limited on the mountain, so if you plan on eating out you will be shuttling/driving at night anyway. If you plan on eating in the whole time you will need to shuttle/drive into town to the grocery store.

Just wanted to give you a different view from someone that stayed ski in/walk out.
I agree with Matt and I live here. The Mountain Lodge is a great choice. There are many other excellent accomidations in town as well. It takes 10 minutes to get to the resort from Fernie in a blinding snowstorm. RCR likes to blow smoke up everyones a$$ about how good on hill accomidations are. They are good beds/rooms but thats about it, there are few places to eat up there, during the week you won't find a pub open after 11:00 (there are only 3 of them anyway). Rooms on resort are grossly overpriced and the amenaties are not there. It's nothing like Whitefish or Whistler...IMHO they shouldn't even be allowed to call themselves a resort.

Stay in Fernie. You will have a way better ski experience in a ski town. Folk here are friendly. ...and best of all you'll save a pile of $$ by staying in Fernie ....as always JMHO
post #15 of 19
Downtown Fernie is closer to the slopes than "on the hill" lodging at some resorts, and as Freeheel's post points out, there isn't much goin' on up at the resort. From the Best Western you can now walk to the newly groomed cross country trails if you want a day off the mountain.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

The resaon that we were looking for on hill was just so that we could head in at lunch instead of buying food every day. Thought that we might be able to offset the cost of staying on hill with eating in. Does anyone know if the mountain lodge has kitchens? From what I understand either Lizzard Creek or Snow Creek are the the best 2 options for true ski in/out. Would you agree???
post #17 of 19
There should be all kinds of new development in this area once the new coal mines open up. All brought to you by the "New Canadian Government".
post #18 of 19
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There should be all kinds of new development in this area once the new coal mines open up. All brought to you by the "New Canadian Government".
Coal mining is the main industry and bread and butter for most folks in this valley. You can't make a living on crappy tourist industry jobs. More good paying jobs by another 'coal mine' is a good thing.

Funny thing about the Flathead Park. 90% of the locals here don't want it! Because we want to be able to keep running snowmobiles up there (there is world class bc skiing there BTW, that we want motorized access to). We want to be able to go hunting and fishing there like we have for the last hundred years. There are guide outfitters and trappers who make a living from the Flathead Valley. ...and yes even mining and logging have there place there too.

Groups like Wildsight are the ones pushing for a Park there, not the locals. Funny part of it is is that most of the people pushing for the park have never even been there, but yet have the gall to blow smoke up everyone's a$$ about how the Flathead Valley needs to be saved from the clutches of evil industry. I've lived around coal mines my whole life, the mining companies are strictly regulated in reguards to the enviroment. If you ever want to go wildlife viewing for elk or bighorn sheep here in the Elk Valley go for a tour of one of the coal mines.

Wildsight is up in arms over the proposed Jumbo Glacier development. Their stand on that is to keep the decisions local. The locals don't want it. Fair enough.

With the Flathead Park issue the locals don't want it
So does Wildsight take the stand "keep decisions local"? No they run to Victoria and lobby the government to make the Flathead into a park, they go into the cities and convince folks there to sign petitions to 'save the pristine Flathead valley' (even though these people have no clue where the Flathead even is... but they convince them it needs to be turned into a park to save the grizzly bear population).

Sorry for hi-jacking this thread and turning it into a political rant. But it needed to be said. As you can probably tell I have little use for these enviromental groups. BTW I don't work in the mines either.
post #19 of 19
I was there at the end of Dec '05 and stayed near the Best Western... looked pretty good place to stay.
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The reason that we were looking for on hill was just so that we could head in at lunch instead of buying food every day.
I'd suggest that you'd save a more by staying in-town and buying your lunch on-mountain. That said, the base lodge has microwave ovens and hot water so you might be able to improvise something if you want to "brown bag" it. You just have to work your way around the eskys, tote bags and rat racer equipment.

I hope your trip goes well, I have very fond memories of skiing there last year (except for almost getting caught up in that late Dec '05 avalanche). This resort finally resolved my argument about getting a helmet... sliding head first down a steep tree run does that to you : plus they were having a 45% off sale on last year's models at the mountain ski shop to boot!
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