Wednesday • December 28, 2011
"Winter doesn't have to mean long months indoors. Our editors have chosen ten trips that will have you gearing up for adventure or joining in local festivities—warm- and cold-weather travel that's sure to cure the winter blues..."
Fernie Alpine Resort rises out of the Kootenay Rockies region at the epicenter of British Columbia’s “Powder Highway,” a 530-mile loop with over 50 ski and snowboard operators. A new Polar Peak Lift to the summit gives Fernie the biggest vertical in the Rockies at 3,550 vertical feet, the most marked ski runs at 140, and the most alpine bowl skiing at 2,550 acres over five bowls. The resort and adjacent historic mountain town are favorites with Hollywood producers, serving as backdrops for films ranging from Inception to Disney’s Santa Pups, scheduled for release in November 2012. Private slope-side lodging (including the same cabin—and hot tub—featured in the cult hit Hot Tub Time Machine) offer convenient ski-in, ski-out access to Fernie’s legendary powder. The resort celebrates 50 years of skiing in 2012, and most winter weekends bring special events like the Kokanee Snowdreams Festival, January 28-29. The raucous, nonstop deck party features live DJs in the Plaza Glacier Beer Gardens and the Fernie Famous Hula Hoop contest. Save travel time by booking flights directly into the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, an hour’s drive from the resort.