The five best intermediate trails in Fernie’s five bowls

The five best intermediate trails in Fernie’s five bowlsFernie is famous for its epic powder days and big mountain skiing, but don’t let that put you off the resort if you or one of your family members is just starting out as a skier or snowboarder.

Fernie Lodging Company’s guide to the best intermediate blue trails in each bowl will ensure that you still see the best of the mountain, even if you don’t want to tackle black runs or mogul fields.

1. All the way home – Falling Star (Siberia Bowl)
Falling Star takes you from the top of the Timber Chair, right to the bottom of the mountain.
There are usually ungroomed areas at the side of the trail, so it’s a good trail to take if you are skiing with someone who isn’t ready to tackle powder yet, as they can stick to the groomer while you shred some freshies.
Keep up your speed for the long traverse at the bottom.

2. All the way down – Polar Circus to Currie Powder to Diamond Back to the base (Currie bowl)
Thanks to the new Polar Peak lift, which opened in 2012, you can ski the most vertical in the Canadian Rockies at 3550 vertical feet.
The Polar Peak chair sets you down at the summit of the Lizard Range, giving a view across to Lake Koocanusa, to Glacier National Park in Montana and as far as Kananaskis National Park in Alberta on a clear day.
The intermediate blue trail Polar Circus takes you all the way down from the summit to the famous Currie Powder trail, a beautiful powder trap.
Continue to the blue/green Diamond Back to return to the base of Fernie Alpine Resort.

3. Worth the hike for the trees – Milky Way (Timber Bowl)
This trail requires some effort to get to it – but is worth the grunt for wide-spaced trees set on a ridge that catches wind-sifted powder even several days after a snow storm.
From the top of the White Pass Chair, head down Shakey’s Acres on skier’s right. After a traverse you will come to Milky Way – a short hike up to the top will reward you with a fun ski down the gladed tree run.

4. Worth the traverse – Cascade (Lizard Bowl)
Finding Cascade is as simple as ABC – turn left after you get off the Bear Chair, and start traversing – the first trail you pass is Arrow, the second is Bow, the third is Cascade.
Cascade is a wide, undulating trail that catches great powder after a snowstorm and stays soft no matter what.
If you enjoy it, do a lap of the Bear Chair and try Arrow, Bow or the fourth trail, Dancer.

5. Too good to pick just one – Cruiser, Cedar Centre, Trillium, Blueberry (Cedar Bowl)
These trails all come off the Cedar High Traverse from the top of Bear Chair, and are all wide, open trails with great views across the valley. Simply get going and drop in when you are tired of traversing.

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