Fernie Alpine Resort Facts

Fernie Alpine Resort is the home of legendary powder, small lift lines, and virtually no crowds! Your on mountain experience awaits you! Averaging nearly 29 feet of snow a season this hidden gem in the Canadian Rockies will without a doubt become your new favorite place to shred! With over 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, 142 runs, 5 bowls, and an exceptional beginner’s area, Fernie is a winter playground! What are you waiting for; this is THE winter to ski Fernie, BC!

    • Season Early December to mid-April
    • Average Snowfall 30-39 feet
    • Vertical 1082 metres / 3550 feet
    • Base (Village) Elevation 1068 metres / 3500 feet
    • Summit Elevation 2149 metres / 7050 feet
    • Lifts 10 (2 High-Speed Quads, 2 Quads, 3 Triples, 3 Surface Lifts (1 t-bar, 1 platter, 1 magic carpet)
    • Runs 142 named runs plus 5 alpine bowls and tree skiing
    • Terrain 1,013 hectares (2,504 acres)
    • 30% Beginner 40% Intermediate 30% Advanced & Expert
    • Longest Run 5kms (3 miles) Falling Star
    • Rail Park Located mid-mountain
    • Skier Cross located lower-mountain
    • Hours of Operation Daily 9:00am – 4:00pm MST
    • Average Winter Temperature -5 C / 23F
    • Average Annual Snowfall 29 ft / 875 cm +
    • Longest Run Falling Star 5km / 3 miles

Fernie Legends

The Legend of the Three Sisters - Three Sisters Mountain & Proctor Mountain

Many years ago a young Indian Chief could not decide which of three beautiful maidens to choose for his bride. The Indian gods considered indecision a grievous sin so they turned the young Chief into a mountain, where each day he could look at what he could never have. The maidens’ grief was so great that all three prayed that they might be turned into mountains also. Their prayers were answered.

Legend of the Griz

Legend has it that the Griz was born in a grizzly den high in the Alpine in the Fernie mountain range. Beating the bear in a life and death battle, he clothed himself in the fur and wanders the ridges above the town. This mountain man regularly fires his magic powder musket into the heavens causing the clouds to open and plenty of powder to fall.

The Legend of Fernie

The city of Fernie is a prosperous and tranquil-looking community of some 5,000 amid snowy peaks. Its tranquil appearance is misleading however. In a region where disaster has struck frequently and brutally, the town’s history records more tragedies than any other community in the Pass. While other communities such as Frank, Bellevue, Hillcrest and Coleman have escaped with one major calamity, Fernie has experienced a series. They range from mine explosions (one alone killing 128 men) to two fires – the worst a conflagration that left virtually all 6,000 residents homeless.
While the general reason for these disasters point to man’s carelessness or nature’s excesses, there are those who blame the “curse” for the disasters that have befallen the community. According to legend the curse originated when a group of men were prospecting for minerals near Crowsnest Mountain. Among them was William Fernie, after whom the community is named. One night prior to the 1890’s when the prospecting group was camped beside an Indian band, William Fernie noticed that the Chief’s daughter was wearing a necklace of shiny, black stones. He recognized them to be pieces of coal. Thwarted in his effort to find their source, he wooed the Indian girl and learned her secret. Then he deserted her. In great anger her mother invoked a curse on the Elk Valley and all its inhabitants “who will suffer from fire, flood, strife and discord; all will finally die from fire and water!”

The Legend of the Ghostrider

Lying in the shadows, a legend waits for the afternoon sun. On a summer evening, out of Mt. Hosmer’s face, comes the Ghostrider. The shadow of a distinctive horse and rider, the ghost some say of an angry Indian Chief and his jilted daughter pursuing William Fernie.
As the legend goes, William Fernie was courting an Indian Princess to learn the source of her sacred black stone necklace. It is said that after learning the secret location of the Morrissey Coal Seams, Fernie stopped seeing the Princess and the tribe’s medicine woman placed a curse on the Elk Valley.
Residents of Fernie feared the curse was real after several tragedies struck the town. Fire reduced the town to rubble in 1904 and again in 1908. In 1916, the Elk River flooded and in 1917 there was a mining disaster. A public ceremony in 1964 officially lifted the curse. Members of the Kootenay Tribes assembled in Fernie and Chief Red Eagle (Ambrose Gravelle) and Fernie Mayor James White smoked a pipe of peace. Although the curse was lifted over 35 years ago, on summer evenings, the ghost of an angry Indian chief and his jilted daughter still rides above Fernie.

Courtesy Fernie Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Fernie