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Adventurous winter wonderland

Fernie, British Columbia is an idyllic and friendly mountain town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, known for its champagne powder snow and cool local vibe.

Located in the southeast corner of British Columbia and only a 1-hour drive from the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, BC or a 3-hour drive south from Calgary, Alberta, Fernie is easy to get to.

Come and explore our vast and uncrowded winter wonderland. Visit our Historic Downtown with its shops and cafes, great places to dine, diverse activities and quaint attractions and spas. 

Scroll down to learn more and be inspired. Winter season in Fernie starts early December. We are stoked to welcome you! 

Skiing & Catskiing in Fernie

Legendary powder and a classic ski town in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. With over 30 feet of snow each season Fernie is well known for its great powder turns, diversity of terrain and variety of runs for all abilities. From tree skiing and wide open bowls to great family-friendly groomed runs. Fernie Alpine Resort opens early December. Catskiing starts mid-December.

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Fernie Alpine Resort Mountain Stats

Winter season at Fernie Alpine Resort typically starts early December and lasts until mid April.

  • Average annual snowfall: 9m
  • 5 alpine bowls, 147 marked runs plus gladed terrain
  • Base: 1,052m
  • Top: 2,134m
  • Vertical: 1,082m
  • 7 chairlifts, 3 surface lifts
  • Base Area with Shops and Services
  • Daily & evening ski shuttle between the resort and the town
  • On-mountain ski-in ski-out accommodation

Contact your preferred local tour operator or travel agent for ski & stay packages. 

Getting To Fernie, BC

Completely surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, Fernie is situated in the southeast corner of British Columbia along Highway 3 close to border with Alberta and Montana, US.  Fernie is easy to get to, and only

  • a 1-hour drive from Cranbrook, BC
  • a 3.5-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta

Closest airports are Calgary International (YYC) and Canadian Rockies International (YXC), with daily car rental options, or daily licensed shuttle services with Tunnel49.  Contact your preferred local tour operator or travel agent to plan your trip to Fernie BC!

With its pristine nature, wide open spaces, friendly residents and the quaint Historic Downtown, Fernie is the perfect getaway this winter. 

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Getting to Fernie

Airport shuttle services with Tunnel49

Things To Do

Winter season is a fantastic time to experience Fernie with its big mountains, big snow and diversity of areas and trails to explore on skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles and more! With 360' rocky mountain views surrounding historic downtown, and Fernie Alpine Resort only 5 minutes from town, Fernie is a beautiful and easy place to explore and enjoy.

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Cross-Country Skiing
Fernie Alpine Resort - Alpine Skiing
Fat Biking
Historic Downtown
Spa & Wellness
Brewery, Distillery & Roastery
Dining & Cafes


Places To Stay

With a diversity of accommodation options in Fernie, you are bound to find what you're looking for. 

View through below links Fernie's lodging types to find the perfect spot for your visit. Contact your preferred local tour operator or travel agent to plan your stay in Fernie BC.

Resorts, Hotels & Motels

Condos & Townhomes

Private Homes, Lodges & Chalets

Bed & Breakfasts

Tiny Homes


Local's Guide to Snowshoeing

From short afternoon hikes to full-day snowshoe adventures, options are plentiful. Here are some of our favourite routes to help get you started.

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Fatbiking 101

Fatbiking is to biking as snowshoeing is to hiking. Rolling on tyres twice the width of a standard mountain bike, the extra girth really helps to keep you on top of the snow. If you can ride a bike, you can ride a fatbike.

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Experience Winter in the Canadian Rockies

Find a true winter wonderland in Fernie BC.