Lisa and I fell in love with Fernie so much that we were married on Mt. Fernie this summer.
1. Ski all five bowls
There is something for every skier in Fernie Alpine Resort’s five bowls – Timber Bowl for fans of steep tree skiing, Currie Bowl for powder hounds, Lizard Bowl for mellow trees and wide trails, Cedar Bowl for moguls and trees.
It might take you more than one ski weekend to cover all that terrain – better extend your ski vacation to a week!
2. Watch a Fernie Ghostriders home game
Fernie’s community hockey team the Fernie Ghostriders is known throughout the KIJHL junior B league for having the loudest, most supportive fans.
While some junior B teams struggle to draw more than a few dozen supporters out to a home game, the Ghostriders arena regularly sees 1100 capacity crowds during ski weekend home games.
Don’t forget to get a pint of Fernie beer, a tray of poutine from the concession and a 50/50 ticket.
3. Shop in Fernie’s historical downtown
Downtown Fernie was destroyed by two wildfires in 1904 and 1908 – so the community rebuilt Victoria Avenue in brick, with a magnificent view of the Lizard Range – little knowing that a century later the street would overlook one of the top ski resorts in Canada!
Today Second Avenue has become a thriving shopping district - visit the Livery for designer homeware, Beanpod for handmade chocolate, Le Grand Fromage for fine cheeses, Bunches for gifts and Polar Peek for a wide selection of books including many on the local area.
If you want a souvenir of your ski weekend in Fernie, local artists are showcased at the Fernie Artists Co op.
You can watch a 100-year-old letterpress in action at Clawhammer Studio in the Ghostrider Trading Store and buy engraved glassware at Stephanie’s Glass.
If you need new ski gear to improve your ski weekend, check out the ski and snowboard stores including Ski Base, Commit, Straightline, Gear Hub, Edge of the World and Guides Hut.
4. Eat at Fernie’s food stores and restaurants
Fernie has enough food places to ensure you don’t have to eat in the same place twice throughout the whole of your ski vacation.
On Second Avenue, Picnic restaurant sources local products served with a Mediterranean twist, The Brickhouse bar and grill has a range of beers on draft and an extensive wine menu and The Northern serves good pub grub.
Loaf Bakery, near the highway, sells fresh bread and pastries handmade in their Fernie kitchens, fresh sandwiches and salads and Italian-style pizzas.
5. Snowshoe or XC ski
Get another perspective on Fernie – put on a pair of snowshoes or cross country skis and tackle one of the many trails that run up, down, across and around the Elk Valley.
You should ask Fernie Lodging Company’s guest services for advice on the best trail to suit your group’s ability and the time available on your ski weekend.
You can rent snowshoe or cross country ski equipment at Fernie’s ski stores.