Bowls Full Of Pleasure Karen Moodie, Ski Specialist

"Fernie is one of my favourite resorts in Canada. There is so much skiing on offer, lovely long groomers, some great gladed runs and then there's five legendary alpine bowls to attempt! Downtown Fernie is also well worth a visit with lots of funky cafes, shops, bars and great restaurants!"

Fernie Ski Holidays

Fernie is a genuine southern BC gem situated close to the borders with the Canadian province of Alberta and the US state of Montana, and is renowned for the quality of its high alpine terrain and amazing snow.

The mountain offers a tremendous variety of long, gladed runs through the pine trees on the lower mountain and five enormous wide open bowls at higher elevations, all served by a super-efficient lift system, which gets better and better every season.

Fernie Alpine Resort is a purpose built ski village located at the base of Fernie Mountain and has all the facilities you need for a spectacular BC ski holiday. There's enough après-ski and dining options on mountain to keep you happy here, safe in the knowledge that the town of Fernie is only a short shuttle ride away. The town of Fernie has a downtown hub similar to Banff, but with a more bohemian vibe. Here you'll find quaint cafes and quirky galleries, plus a great range of bars, shops and restaurants.

The Fernie shuttle from downtown to the ski resort is about $4 per trip one-way, and is hourly. There's also a slightly discounted 10-Ride booklet for $35. 

Skiing in Fernie

The lower area of the mountain, closest to the village, is devoted to beginners and novices, who will love the pillowy softness of the powder that falls on the numerous gentle rolling runs and the many perfectly groomed trails. Over 30% of the terrain in Fernie is focussed on novices and improvers.

There’s plenty of steep and deep if you’re feeling adventurous and one of the five alpine bowls is definitely the place to be on a powder day. If you prefer the hero status of cranking wide, lazy turns on perfectly groomed cruisers, then don’t worry – with over 140 named runs spread over Fernie's 2500 acres of terrain on offer, there is something here for all standards of skier and boarder.

Need a stop for lunch? The Lost Boys Cafe is located at the top of the Timber Bowl Express Quad, and is a great spot to enjoy a relaxed bite to eat to eat while taking in the amazing scenery. Finish the day at the Griz Bar - Fernie's #1 après-ski venue since 1962 - with its signature drink the Après Mogul Smoker!

Getting to Fernie

Ski Independence offer a choice of airlines flying from London into Calgary and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

All of our holidays to Fernie include self-drive car rental. We offer 'Gold' option car rental which includes all the mandatory taxes & fees. We can also offer vehicles with SatNav, and have a range of private transfer options too. Note that due to the length of flight to Calgary and the time difference, we recommend that you overnight in Calgary before driving down to Fernie.

There are non-ski nursery facilities for children aged 19 months and older and babysitters can be booked for younger children. In either case it’s wise to ensure you reserve will in advance due to limited availability.

Important information
Season Early December–Mid April
Ski Area 2,504acres
Annual Snowfall 32ft (average)
Number of Lifts 10
Ski Range 3,450–7,000ft
Ski Shuttle Service between the Alpine Resort and downtown Fernie is $4 per one-way journey or $35 for a 10-Ride booklet
Blue Runs 30%
Red Runs 40%
Black Runs 30%
Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
Distance from airports
Calgary 3hr 30mins
Cranbrook 1hr 30mins