Half a century ago, in the 1950’s, coal mining in Fernie came to an abrupt end. This left Fernie in search of a new identity for itself – a mecca for outdoor recreation.
Now, a half century later, Fernie has become a haven for snowboarders and skiers. With consistent snowfall, the powder is what attracts visitors from all over the world. Even with the champagne powder, Fernie manages to stay a hidden gem. Most travelers think of Whistler and Banff when they’re planning a Winter getaway and don’t even consider Fernie as an option. Let us be the first (and probably not the last) to tell you why you need to experience Fernie!
1. Fernie Alpine Resort. Boasting an average snowfall of 29ft (9m), 5 alpine bowls, 142 runs, the most vertical in the Rockies and 2,500 acres of skiable terrain, the resort often has short to non existent chair lift wait times, even on weekends. Need we say more?
2. Shops and Restaurants. Downtown (2nd Ave), is lined with historic buildings that feature unique restaurants, shops and cafes. The variety of restaurants, from Yamagoya (Sushi) to Mexican (El Guapo) to fine dining (The Livery), your palette will be satisfied. Stores like The Green Petal (specializing in gifts and flowers), Commit (picking up the latest winter gear) or Freya (offering the latest style trends) are popular among visitors and residents.
2. The Attire. Sure in the big city, having the latest fashion is popular, but in Fernie anything goes. Why? Because in Fernie, we live the mountain life. Rubber boots with shorts, neon tights, leggings, camo, creative toques, you name it! Of course there’s nothing wrong with mismatched shirt and pants, it’s Fernie after all!
4. 20cm Rule. Residents of Fernie have a love for powder, which is why you might see some businesses shut when there’s a significant snowfall. Be sure your stocked up on supplies!