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Why Sled in Fernie, BC?

This winter, enjoy a spectacular Rocky Mountain sledding vacation in Fernie, BC! Here are 12 great reasons why Fernie is perfect for snowmobilers:

View and download the new Fernie Snowmobile Trail Map. You can purchase a hard copy at various locations in town including Ghostrider Motorsports and Gearhub.

1. One of the Closest Mountain Destinations to the Prairies

Fernie is one of BC’s most accessible mountain destinations for prairie communities. Relax and enjoy an easy, straight drive through Southern Alberta and a short mountain drive through the Crowsnest Pass communities on Hwy #3 to reach us. 

2. Accessible Terrain for all Abilities!

Convenient staging areas and groomed trails only minutes from town! Fernie offers enough alpine terrain to challenge the most avid and advanced enthusiasts while also offering an amazing diversity of trails and areas ideally suited for families, intermediate or beginner riders.

3. Big, Big Snow!

Fernie’s reputation for legendary powder means sledders can always find deep pow and a consistent snowpack to play in for the duration of our extra-long sledding season, November through to early May.

4. Welcoming Facilities at the Wranglers Cabin & Rolling Hills Cabin

Added in 2013, the Rolling Hills Cabin just off the groomed Coal Creek Trail is a welcome addition to the on-trail facilities for sledders. 640 sq ft offers a warm friendly atmosphere, large covered deck and BBQ. 

5. Fernie Snowmobile Association

A recipient of the BCSF Club of the Year and Groomer of the Year awards, the FSA is one of BC’s most active and friendly snowmobile clubs. In addition to grooming, maintaining cabins and organizing events, the club is a great resource for information. Join today to support the Club and the trails! Check website for updates or find them on facebook.

6. Snowmobile Guiding & Instruction

Whether you are a first timer in the backcountry or want to perfect your big mountain riding, our Snowmobile experts are here to help you get the most of your Fernie visit!

  • Avalanche courses & guiding services are available from Elk Valley Snow Shepherds.
  • Lessons & Clinics are offered by Weir Boondocking.

7. Service, Service. Service!

Snowmobile retailers in Fernie are serious about service and quality:

  • Ghostrider Motorsports have Sled & trailer rentals, full sled servicing, parts, accessories, trail passes maps and info. 
  • Gearhub can order snowmobile parts and have a retail store packed with accessories, trail passes and trail maps.
  • Avalanche gear and backcountry info is also available at The Guides Hut.

8. Snowmobile Events

From the fast & furious Fernie Drag Races to family rides & poker rides held from Christmas through March, there’s always great sledding event for you to enjoy! See events calendar for details.

9. Great Grooming

Accessible, groomed trails are why Fernie appeals to a wide range of riders. Groomed trails lead quickly into the backcountry providing easily accessible big mountain riding for all abilities. Trails at Hartley Lake, Morrissey and Coal Creek will be groomed throughout the season. NB: Due to logging activities, Lower Coal Creek Trail and the Coal Creek staging area will be closed until futher notice. All access for the start of the season will be through the Morrissey Trails.

10. Nightlife, Dining & Entertainment

Friendly bars offering great food, jam nights, trivia nights and lots of variety provide a fun night out after a day on the mountain – perfect for sharing stories over a local beer. Regular Ghostrider Hockey Games and special events from New Year’s Fireworks to Griz Days create a fun & festive atmosphere you and your buddies will love.  

11. Plenty of Other Activities and Attractions to Explore!

Fernie has great options for non-sledders or anyone looking for a day off the trails - bring the whole family for a great all-around vacation. Ski or snowboard at Fernie Alpine Resort, cross-country ski, try fatbiking, catski for the day or take a scenic catride to Island Lake Lodge. Enjoy the Aquatic Centre, Museum, movie theatre or live music at a family friendly venue. Explore Historic Downtown’s shops, dining and cafes, or relax with a day at the Spa – Fernie offers 6 to choose from! 

12. Sledder Friendly Community & Accommodations

Fernie is a visitor friendly town with a wide range of lodging options from comfortable, clean motels and full-service hotels to luxurious private chalets and condos. In-town accommodations offer plenty of space for large sled trailers and there are no parking fees in Fernie- anywhere!

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