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Fernie Alpine Resort celebrates 50 years

Friday • October 21, 2011

Fernie, British Columbia, Canada – Fernie is a small, charismatic community with big mountain adventure and one of the few places where legendary skiing and riding meets down-to-earth mountain culture. Fernie Alpine Resort is regularly declared one of the top ski resorts in North American thanks to over 2,500 acres of outstanding skiable terrain, 5 alpine bowls, its consistent hefty snowfalls (30-39 feet annually) and full resort amenities. This coming season marks their 50th Anniversary and what’s a better way to celebrate then adding a new lift!

As part of their anniversary Fernie Alpine Resort is installing a new chairlift to the very top of Polar Peak that will result in some of the most epic lift-access above treeline bowl skiing on the continent. The 360° views from the top alone will truly amaze as you look towards Banff and Waterton-Glacier National Parks. The new Polar Peak Lift elevates Fernie’s already impressive vertical to a whopping 3,550 feet, making it the highest vertical in the Canadian Rockies. Now totaling 140 runs, thanks to 22 new runs in the expansion, Fernie offers the 2nd most ski runs of any resort in Canada.

In true celebration Fernie is offering great book early ski and stay packages starting from $75 per person per night and organizing a variety of 50th Anniversary events throughout the season highlighting Fernie’s ski history, events, legends and role in some of Hollywood’s great films such as Inception and Hot Tub Time Machine. Although the sport of skiing has gone on for over 100 years in Fernie, the resort, originally called Snow Valley, brought Fernie skiing to the world and even submitted a bid for the 1968 Winter Olympics.

Getting to Fernie

Completely encircled by the Rocky Mountains, Fernie is located in southeastern British Columbia. Fernie is accessible via the Calgary International Airport, the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, BC and Glacier International Airport in Kalispell, MT. Skiers and boarders from around the globe will find it easier to get to Fernie this season as a result of improved air connections, improved airfare rates, a new direct flight with Integra Air between Edmonton and the Canadian Rockies International Airport and a new shuttle bus service to get you on the Fernie slopes faster and with more money left in your pockets. The new Fernie Connector shuttle will operate throughout the ski season providing a comfortable and scenic ride to and from Fernie and the Canadian Rockies International Airport in just over one hour.

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