Thursday • February 23, 2012
Just what makes a classic ski town? It starts, naturally, with skiing and snowboarding so good they attract people like youth-bestowing fountains. Then add an inviting mountain burg steeped in ski heritage, amenities, and culture. These are the 25 best. For insider tips, we asked local luminaries where to stay, play, and party, whether you're on a budget or indulging.
Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
Photograph by Ryan Creary, Corbis
Best For: Adventurous skiers with a hunger for the steep and deep
Though it serves up some of the most spectacular terrain and best snow in all ofCanada, this historic mining hamlet of 4,217 people tucked into the far southeastern corner of British Columbia still somehow flies below the greater ski-scene radar.