Ski Canada: Fernie Alpine Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010

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Fernie Alpine Resort in British Columbia, Canada is legendary for the 350 inches (875 cm) of powder receives each year.

Beautiful first tracks at Fernie. (Henry Georgi / Fernie Alpine Resort)

It is a world-class destination ski area with a real ski town atmosphere, luxury accommodations, tons of history and folklore. Griz, Ghostrider and Sasquatch are all believed to live in Fernie’s mountains!

The terrain at Fernie suits skiers and riders of all abilities and has the most bowls in North America. The skiable area spans across 2,504 acres and a vertical rise of 2,400 feet (750 m).

Visitors can spend days just trying to reach all 113 trails, not to mention the five bowls, tree skiing and RCR Rail Park. Falling star is the longest run at just over 3 miles (5 km).

The terrain is classified as 30% beginner, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced. Beginners will feel great linking turns on the wide-open slopes of Dancer and groomed beauty of Cruiser and adventurers could spend weeks exploring the alpine bowls.

Real adrenaline junkies should try Skydive for its 2,000-foot drop or Cedar Ridge for some intense glade skiing and riding.

There are nine on-hill restaurants to choose from when your stomach and legs start complaining too much.

The season runs from early December to mid April.

Fourteen kilometers of groomed and track set trails await cross country skiers.

Whether you are looking for a family vacation, a romantic weekend with your honey, or a place to have a blast with friends, Fernie is the perfect choice for your next trip! There are plenty of fun parties, children’s programs and hot tubs to go around!

Fernie is about a 6-hour drive from Banff and 4 hours from Calgary. It occupies a place in the southeast corner of the BC Rockies on Highway 3, just 40 miles (60 km) from the Alberta/US border.

The road accessing Fernie takes you through some spectacular mountain scenery without putting you on dangerous mountain roads. There are no major mountain passes along the drive and the roads are usually very well maintained. Keep an eye out- you might even see Big Horn Sheep, Elk, Moose and Deer as you get into the wild Canadian Rockies!

Reservations: 1-888-754-7325
Snow Phone: 250-423-3555

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