Overall Rating

Fernie

Fernie4/516
Fernie4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
  • Recommend
    81%
  • Would Revisit
    81%

Fernie - Reviews

Fernie - Reviews

Fernie- Can't stop going back

Duncs
24/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Fernie- Can't stop going back

Duncs
24/03/2019
I first heard of Fernie back in 2004 when my step brother moved there. Keen to check it out I packed up my bags for 3 months when I was at uni in 2008/2009 and spent the whole winter there. I had a blast. The mountain itself is great, especially once you know where you're going, and even though that winter wasn't a huge snowfall one, there were still some magic pow days. Overall though its just the general laid back vibe of the town and mountain that I fell in love with over those three months. Fernie Alpine resort does get very busy of the Christmas period, but outside that time you're barely ever waiting in a chair line.

A local guide is a must to show you where the best stashes of snow are after any dumps. There are some fun alpine bowls, gladed trees and some very fun lines. There is often a traverse or small hike asscoiated with some of the best lines, but once you know where you're going its very easy to get to where you want to be!

I loved it so much I've been back twice since then, and never disapppointed.

Epic Fernie

Dave
04/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    4

Epic Fernie

Dave
04/04/2018
LOVE Fernie, I've skied in many places in Canada, US, & Japan and I have to say Fernie is my favorite so far. Spent lots of time in Fernie over the past two seasons with my wife and three kids and we can't complain. My kids all learned to some sick skills over the past two years thanks to Fernie. My wife is a beginner and absolutely loves the lower green lifts. Primarily because it's mostly covered in a nice blanket of soft pow. My kids are keeping up with me in the deep stuff up top and shredding blacks and double blacks with ease. This place might not be the best for those who like to ride corduroy all day, but if you like white fluffy powder in endless amounts this is the place for you. I just spent Easter weekend there and had a blast. They just recorded over 1100 cm (11 M) of snow.

Great pow, lousy infrastructure

Big Dave
27/02/2018
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great pow, lousy infrastructure

Big Dave
27/02/2018
Epic pow, you just have to traverse endlessly to get to it. 7 chairs, 3 of which are some of the slowest you'll ever sit on(deer, elk, boom), and 1 that practically never opens (polar) or when it does the terrain is mostly windblown rock. Was put it to improve bragging rights on elevation but could have been far more useful elsewhere. And you better enjoy riding cat tracks if you want to ride Fernie. Boasts the longest run in Falling Star, but only about 40% of it is enjoyable, the rest is a painfully long cat track. How bout a new haul back t-bar to get back out of there instead.
Epic pow, but because of it I dont think they care about investing in anything else. Hopefully one day they won't be able to ignore a total lack of decent infrastructure just because the pow is good, and will actually have to invest in new lifts, and clear out some of the endless thick trees and allow some more tree riding. So much more available terrain that no one hits, not even the epic shredders, because it's just too thick. Heard of a chainsaw in the summer?

Also, Canada's most expensive season pass if bought after all the early birds are over. Seriously. How they can justify $1650 before tax is beyond me when the facilities are so old and behind the times.

Again, insane pow, just lets them sit on their hands and not care. That's RCR for you.

Not for novies

sarah
15/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    2

Not for novies

sarah
15/03/2016
not suited to novice skier. greens are steep. No long windy gradual greens. icy icy icy on bottom. higher up better snow, but only suited to more experienced skiers. Lifts take forever. Very disappointed. I'm great for experienced skiers, but not for those of us less skilled.

Great variety

Lucie
23/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Great variety

Lucie
23/02/2016
Pro: Great variety of slopes. Nice long runs. Not crowded. Good for after ski drinks. Great atmosphere. A lot of off-piste terrain,

Contra: very slow lifts and to get to the top you need to take 2 lifts and it takes time. Limited snowpark

Closing time very early compares to Europe or Japan (sunset was at 5,45 pm).

Great skiiing, super cute ski town!

Nick
05/09/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    2

Great skiiing, super cute ski town!

Nick
05/09/2014
Amazing powder skiing, lots of space to ski too. Legendary alpine bowls and balmy temperatures make for amazing fun!

Fernie itself is another super cute Kootenay city! Very safe, a good amount of shopping, decent amount of après options. Beautiful main street (2nd ave) that shows community pride and stunning alpine vistas.

Fernie

charlie
25/08/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17

Fernie

charlie
25/08/2014
Been to many different resorts in my life and this would be the best. The snow was outstanding.

Jewel in BC's Crown

A Skingle
22/08/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    3

Jewel in BC's Crown

A Skingle
22/08/2013
I spent 3 months living in Fernie during the 10/11 season and, put simply, they were the best 3 months of my skiing life. My exposure had been solely European-based until this point, taking in France, Austria, Norway, Italy and Andorra and my experiences here easily outstripped any and all of those. The snow and powder was simply superb and never ending, little to no lift queues, always an empty piste or 3 and a fantastic little town to while away the night hours. Can't beat it.

We loved Fernie

Justinus Adriaanse
27/05/2013
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Admin Rating
    3

We loved Fernie

Justinus Adriaanse
27/05/2013
We absolutely loved Fernie. It was the first time we ever spent an entire season in a single resort and we loved it. We had countless powder days, and our skiing improved enormously. Fernie has some amazing tree runs and the infrastructure seems to be getting better every year. The new polar peak lift offer some unbelievable views and even better skiing!

Snow, Snow, Snow!

Greg
22/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Admin Rating
    4

Snow, Snow, Snow!

Greg
22/10/2012
It started snowing the night I got there and didn't stop for 5 days straight. This was over New Year's a few years ago. I cannot tell you how much open space of untouched tracks there were to ski... I pretty much ONLY skied untouched snow. My girlfriend got stuck and started crying there was so much snow! My skis (rentals and they were sweet fat powder skis) fell off in the snow at one point and I found them buried under about 4 feet of snow in my tracks. The snow was very light (champagne powder snow) and for much of the runs it was arm-pit deep.

Pros: Awesome time (if that could be one), not very expensive, not crowded, an easy trek from Calgary airport (3 hrs or so - depending), good nightlife in town, friendly people... All 'n all... Awesome!

Cons: There were not many, but I would say the lifts could be upgraded. The accommodations could be better as well. I'm not sure they get enough people to compare to places like Whistler for this though.

Best suited to: Serious skiers since there is a lot of expert terrain, fresh powder and it's not crowded. A skier's kind of resort!
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