Fernie Alpine

Jack Lee
SnowPak Local Insider
Jack Lee
  • Expert's playground with tons challenging steep lines
  • Loads of deep, light and dry powder
  • Great powder-filled glades
  • Generally uncrowded
  • Catskiing nearby
  • Long traverses can be annoying
  • Main trails can get tracked out quickly on powder days
  • Slopes can get icy
  • Best terrain is served by slow lifts
  • Limited on-mountain dining and not many amentities at the base

Fernie Alpine Ski Packages

Lodging + Lift Tickets Discount Price
Canadas Best Value Inn & Suites Fernie
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
51% off $240
Lizard Creek Lodge
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
27% off $833
Super 8 by Wyndham Fernie
2 x Adult 2-day Lift Ticket
21% off $1,159

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It's all steep and deep at Fernie Alpine. Upper terrain can be slow to open because of avalanche danger but when that happens, just duck down to the lower lying trees for storm skiing. The resort receives an average of 360 in of snowfall per year, which makes freshies easy to find and very plentiful. 

16/17 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

Late January to February


March and April

Late January to February is the best time to visit Fernie Alpine as the holiday crowds would have disappeared and it’s also the period for the most snowfall and the driest powder. March and April generally see warmer weather that turns to the snow into slush.


Calgary International Airport


Fernie Alpine (3.5 hours)

Base of Fernie Alpine (Walk)

  • Limited number of accommodation from luxury hotels and condos to budget ski-in/ski-out hotels
  • Laid-back village
  • Limited dining and après ski options

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Fernie (5-6 mi)

  • Wide range of lodgings including luxury hotels to Airbnb rooms
  • Limited dining options though more than at the base of Fernie
  • Offers more off-slope activities than Fernie Alpine

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For beginners

Beginners will have loads of suitable runs here, most notably in the Lower Mountain area which is packed with green slopes. Never-evers can start near the base and use the Mini Moose Conveyor to practice on the bunny slope before jumping on the longer Elk Alternative run off Mighty Moose Platter. After that, any greens off Deer Chair are excellent progression trails!

For intermediates

There is plenty of terrain for intermediates to enjoy across Fernie, especially in Timber Bowl and Lizard Bowl. Our favorite run, however, is Currie Powder off the White Pass Quad in the Currie Bowl. There are some steep sections though most of it is relatively easy terrain. There is also incredible powder to be found on this trail and is great for spotting more challenging runs nearby.

For experts

From cliffs to mega steeps, ungroomed glades and gullies plus tons to explore in their legendary bowls, Fernie serves up some of the better challenging terrain compared to neighboring resorts. The steep shots off the Polar Peak and Currie Bowl have a well-earned reputation for being the best terrain here. From Polar Peak, make your way down the Cougar Glades in Currie Bowl, it's our favorite here! Don't miss the powder-filled backcountry or cat-skiing nearby!

Find freshies

Hidden powder stashes can be found wherever there are fresh tracks! The main trails tend to get tracked out quickly so it's worth venturing out. Our top tip would be to go into the trees because that's where the good stuff is, especially if you're willing to follow the long traverses! Trust us it's worth it.

Ditch the crowds

With minimal to no crowds or lift queues, Fernie is fantastic for those just looking to shred the slopes in peace. The only areas that may get congested are around the main intermediate trails but other than that, the resort is generally free of the masses!

Non skiers

Fernie holds a number of exciting concerts and events throughout the season but other than that there are only a small number activities that will keep non-skiers entertained. Instead, the town of Fernie nearby has a lot more on offer including dogsledding, snowshoeing, spas and a climbing wall and even curling!


The Lower Mountain area is packed with family-friendly green slopes as well as beginner areas and slow zones. Our top trails for families would be Elk off the Elk Quad and Lower Lizard, both located in the slow zone! It's also not uncommon to see groups of little ones, as young as 5 years old, shredding the slopes together, that's how kid-friendly the slopes are!

Fernie Alpine

Fernie AlpineApex Mountain Resort
beginner30 %15 %
intermediate40 %30 %
advanced25 %44 %
expert5 %11 %
total runs142 79
ski area2,504ac 450ac
summit elevation7,001ft 7,135ft
total lifts10 4
child lift ticketFree $66 CAD ($49 USD)
adult lift ticket$105 CAD ($78 USD) $80 CAD ($59 USD)
back country
value for money
average total snowfall221″ 111″

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Fernie Alpine Reviews

Very Good 4.1 / 5
based on 13 reviews

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Fabulous!4.2 / 5Nov 08, 2017
ASAlex S.
intermediate snowboarder
Was in Fernie last Feb and it didn't not disappoint, 1.5ft fell in the week we were there! Unreal backcountry, never seen anything like it. Pretty steep resort and a good drive out from the town but uncrowded and definitely worth a visit... More
Poor!1 / 5Sep 27, 2007
not so great
Superb!5 / 5Jan 05, 2006
set up very nicely never encounter flat spots and always an easy way down , HEAVEN

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