Fernie has been honoured by the editors of National Geographic magazine who included it on their list of the world’s 25 top ski resorts.
Other vacation destinations on the list include Bozeman, Montana; Telluride, Colorado; Chamonix, France; Girdwood, Alaska; Zermatt, Switzerland; Whitefish, Montana; Crested Butte, Colorado; Aspen, Colorado; Whister, British Columbia and Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
Describing why Fernie was chosen for the top ski resorts list, the magazine editors say:
Though it serves up some of the most spectacular terrain and best snow in all of Canada, this historic mining hamlet of 4,217 people tucked into the far southeastern corner of British Columbia still somehow flies below the greater ski-scene radar.
Which isn’t a bad thing—its wide-open alpine bowls, knife ridges, and daredevil chutes are rarely crowded, and fresh tracks can still be found in afternoons on powder days. For many skiers and snowboarders it hits the Canadian sweet spot, with more consistent powder than Whistler and warmer temperatures than Banff.
Similar to its American cousin, Whitefish, a hundred miles to the south, Fernie is a small, funky town with a tiny yet charming downtown. Restaurants are eclectic and unpretentious, the old train station has been converted to an arts center, and ski bums abound.
It’s the kind of town where old skis are turned into fences, benches, and coat racks. Thanks to new developments at the base of the hill and in town, lodging options at all price points abound, from hostels to luxury lodges.
Read the full article from National Geographic about why Fernie is one of the top ski resorts in the world.
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Photo of Fernie Alpine Resort by Henry Geogi