Fernie Vacation Blog

Living in a Winter Wonderland – Fernie, BC


Good grief…where the dickens did February go? I haven’t posted since January! How did that happen?? Oh wait…I know…I’ve been skiing, skiing, skiing! That’s what we do here in Fernie…enjoy the great outdoors to its fullest extent…why wouldn’t we? We are blessed with magnificent mountains blanketed in epic powder snow….Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Catskiing and Fernie Wilderness Adventures located a stone’s throw away….how lucky are we? Each one of them offers something a little different.

Fernie Alpine Resort is a gem of a ski resort located in the Lizard Range only minutes from the town of Fernie, BC. Celebrating 50 years last season, it is particularly known for its high annual snowfall, purportedly the highest of any resort in the Canadian Rockies. It is also extremely famous for its powder skiing and offers 10 lifts, 142 runs and 10.1 sq km or 2500 acres of skiable terrain and 1082m or 3500ft of vertical. There are 5 legendary bowls – Siberia Bowl, Cedar Bowl, Timber Bowl, Currie Bowl and Lizard Bowl all of which offer some of the steepest and deepest anywhere! All of these facts contribute to Fernie Alpine Resort’s rating as one of the top 5 resorts in Canada. There are gentler slopes as well so whether you are a beginner, here with the family or into some extreme double blacks, you don’t want to miss out on this rocky mountain resort!

Island Lake Catskiing is a backcountry resort located on 7000 acres or 28sq km of some of the most spectacular mountainous terrain anywhere! This resort, also minutes away from Fernie, British Columbia boasts high volumes of champagne powder and is a mecca for the ultimate powder hound. Currently they operate with three snowcats, handling a maximum of 36 guests who are able to book 2, 3, or 4 day tours. The guests are transported by snowcat from a staging area to their exclusive accommodation where they are treated to 4 beautiful log lodges surrounded by fir, spruce and old growth cedar trees. Known for its vast varied terrain with 800m or 2600 vertical ft, fine dining and friendly staff it has been rated as one of the best catskiing destinations in North America and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this season!

Fernie Wilderness Adventures was established in 1986 and is nestled in a nearby mountain range just southwest of Fernie Alpine Resort. It offers over 5000 acres or 21sq km of skiable terrain with a variety of ridges to commence your run of a lifetime...on the way down gliding through open chutes, gladed meadows and tree bands. Mother Nature is also generous with her snowfall for FWA, offering dry, perfect powder so whether you’re a powder veteran or a rookie backcountry skier/snowboarder, this could very well be the choice for you. They specialize in day skiing, so you’ll want to book your accommodation in downtown Fernie or even with Fernie Lodging Company which is located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort.

So there you have it! Point your skis/snowboards in the direction of this winter wonderland, this powder playground we call Fernie and experience it for yourself! You should be able to trust me by now….have I ever steered you wrong? I think not! We have some great spring specials right now so why not give us a call….cozy log cabin, fireplace, private hot tub, swimming pool…oh my…..seriously….call now! We can even point you in the right direction to book Island Lake Catskiing or Fernie Wilderness Adventures.

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