12 great reasons why sledding in Fernie, BC rocks. (Beside's KLIM lovin' it!)
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. Getting here.
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. Fernie Snowmobile Trail Map
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 end of April. Weather & snowreports
4. Welcoming Facilities at the Wranglers Cabin & Rolling Hills Cabin
Follow the wide, groomed trail from the Coal Creek staging area for 16km to reach Rolling Hills Cabin. Many families and beginners enjoy this as an out and back trip or stay and play a while in the open cut blocks immediately behind the hut. The 640 sq ft hut offers a warm friendly atmosphere, large covered deck and BBQ.
The groomed Morrissey trail from Morrissey staging area continues 15km to reach Wrangler's Cabin and provides access to some of Fernie’s best technical gladded zones. While there are plenty of tempting spots to dip off the trail and play, most riders will continue East through the open meadow beside the Wranglers Cabin and head up the pipeline to reach the Notch. Riders will need to navigate some steeper climbs to access the upper sub-alpine bowls and endless gladded riding opportunities. Riding Areas
Both areas (Coal Creek and Morrissey) can be connected via the groomed Doug Dean or Summit Trails.
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 trails and facilities! Check website for updates or find them on instagram and 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!
7. Service, Service. Service!
Snowmobile retailers in Fernie are serious about service and quality:
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 Fernie Snowmobile Assn Events Info, or Fernie's event 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. Grooming Report.
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. Dining Info. Events & Nightlife.
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! Fernie Things to Do.
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! Places to Stay in Fernie. Lodging specials.