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Hot drinks to warm the soul through winter

Love it or hate it, the bountiful snow throughout winter here in Fernie, BC can also bring bone-chilling days. Layer up and banish the chills by wrapping your hands around a tasty hot beverage. Here are our favourite soul-warming drinks from unique Fernie eateries. Perfect when you're in need of a pick-me-up.

Beanpod’s Dark Chocolate Mocha

The moment you step into Beanpod, you will see that these guys mean business when it comes to chocolate. The floor flows directly into the production area, subdivided by a viewing window. Here, Beanpod roast fresh coffee alongside their range of chocolate. The unique flavours derive from their preference for old-fashioned techniques, sacrificing speed for freshness and flavour. You can see the process while waiting for your hot brew to be served.

If you have a ‘ski hard, party hard, recharge’ mentality, the Dark Chocolate Mocha will keep you going strong throughout the whole ski season. Three shots of espresso, combined with a dollop of house dark chocolate, frothed, and steamed.

Best served with; Sweeten the deal with a bar of Beanpod's speciality Dark Chocolate. There are plenty of choices from pure dark chocolate to bars with infusions of mint or pomegranate. Our pick is the Fernie Nib Bar – a chocolate bar crushed and blended with rare Nacional Cacao Nibs.

Beanpod; 621 2nd Avenue, Fernie 

Griz Bar's Mogul Smoker

The Griz Bar has been around since 1962, back when the resort was known as Snow Valley Ski resort, and the famous Mogul Smoker has an equally long history. Virtually every ski run at Fernie Alpine Resort leads to the plaza right outside the Griz Bar's doors; make this your first stop on unbinding at the base.

The name is shared with the pre-winter season party to appease The Griz — the snow god responsible for Fernie’s epic snowfall. The drink itself is a cocktail of rum and kaluha, mixed with a 50/50 split of hot chocolate and coffee, topped with whipped cream, and garnished with a cherry. It's aesthetically pleasing and potentially the only thing tastier than the sweet pow passing over your head following a 60cm snowfall.

Best served with; The House Nachos, laden with melted cheese and beef. A firm apres-ski favourite and the mammoth serving size means there's plenty to go around as everyone in your ski group is sure to dive in.

Griz Bar: Mountain Plaza, Fernie Alpine Resort, Fernie

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Mugshots Hot Chocolate

There's nothing to not love about Mugshots. Casual setting perfect to socialise with your friends and family over a hot breakfast and drink before heading out for a snowy adventure.

The Mugshots Hot Chocolate is made in-house with its own chocolate sauce and is guarenteed to get you and your kids primed to get back out in the cold for more winter fun.

Best served with; Pumpkin & Chocolate Chip Muffin. Baked fresh each morning and ready to go for the road or to enjoy instore.

Mugshots; 592 3rd Avenue, Fernie 

Rooftop Coffee Flat White

As the name sugguests, Rooftop Coffee Roasters started back in 2015 with 16-year old Keegan Street roasting beans as a hobby in the rooftop of his family home. Fast forward to today, and his family's coffee venture has expanded to supplying produce to the West Kootenay's and the establishment of the Rooftop Coffee Roaster Tasting Room on Historic Downtown Avenue.

There're plenty of coffee (and non-coffee) options available to pick up, but the simple Flat White stands out and the lunchtime beverage of choice.

Best served with; Hazelnut Pain au Chocolat

Rooftop Coffe Roasters: 492 2nd Avenue, Fernie


Miner's Mud Americano

We know there are some crazy early risers among you that can't resisnt getting up before first light guarentee you make the first chair on a powder day. Miner's Mud are up even earlier to make sure coffee is brewed and ready to go just for people like you. Find their coffee truck on the left just over the West Fernie Bridge on the way to Fernie Alpine Resort.

Best served with; Nova Scotia Oak Cakes. They are hearty, the perfect combination of sweet and salty and they go perfectly with a cup of coffee

Miner's Mud; Highway 3 past West Fernie Bridge