Friday • October 30, 2015
Fernie is synonymous with legendary powder, but the almost mythical snowfall is only the beginning of the appeal of this unique winter playground.
Completely surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the terrain offers endless options for powder-junkies with Fernie Alpine Resort, Island Lake Catskiing, FWA Powder Catskiing and a wealth of sledding and touring. An average of over 30 feet of snow descends onto the slopes annually creating the ultimate steep and deep playground for skiers and snowboarders.
The terrain in Fernie can be best described as a mix of alpine bowls, open glades, fall line runs and multiple ridges with tons of lines featuring steeps, chutes, hucks, trees, open powder fields and secret stashes only locals can lead you to. As well known Fernie is for its advanced terrain the lower slopes at Fernie Alpine Resort offer the perfect set up for learning the skills needed to make one into a true shredder. Local kids start learning just when they start to walk and the keeners are rippin' down advanced terrain as early as age five, just ask local Dylan Siggers who's now in his twenties and workin' the freeski comp scene and shooting cool Fernie ski videos.
Terrain and snow do play a big roll when figuring out where to go but there's another side of a ski trip that really makes the end result memorable–the town and the people. Fernie isn't one of those places you go to turn heads in the village plaza because of your new fancy ski jacket but it is a place where strangers and locals will give you high fives and hoots from the chair for epic face shots, awesome yard sales or spectacular hucks. You will come to learn that life is pretty chill in Fernie and that you can easily make new friends as Fernie has a strong sense of community, a big passion for the mountains and a hard working ethic. With a town of only 5,000 people only a few minutes from the resort village one can easily get a feel for the true vibe and genuineness of the whole Fernie experience. Downtown is lined with cool brick buildings from over 100 years ago that now sport ski shops, pubs, icons of the local cultural scene and great grub.
It's when you spend time digging into a place that you really get that connection and then seek more of it. Just ask a local why they love Fernie and what brought them here. Then they'll start to tell you about summer....oh summer!
Written by a somewhat local with 5 years under the belt in this wicked ski town.
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