Many visitors travel to the Canadian Rockies to take advantage of the best winter sports in Fernie while staying at Red Tree Lodge. There are many things to do in Canada in the winter. Try skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, fat tire biking, and snowshoeing. Fernie, BC weather brings the perfect temperatures for spending time outdoors. Sunny bluebird days are meant for shredding fresh powder on the slopes! Find out why taking a trip to Fernie, BC during winter in Canada should be on your bucket list.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Fernie Alpine Resort is officially open for winter in Canada until April for those who are looking to ski and snowboard! Outdoor enthusiasts can head to the resort at 9:00 a.m. daily. You can hit the slopes and enjoy as many as 142 runs. There are a variety of green for beginners, blues for intermediates, and of course, black and double diamond runs for the experts! The resort has a thriving nightlife for those looking for things to do in Fernie after a day outdoors. No need to worry about packing your gear as you’ll be able to grab rentals and last-minute winter gear at the Fernie Alpine Resort.
Snowshoeing in Fernie
Explore the breathtaking natural wonderland of winter in Canada while staying in Fernie by trying something new like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. The Fernie Nordic Society maintains a trail grooming report on their site. You can also explore the Fernie trail system on your own or opt for a guided tour at Fernie Alpine Resort or Island Lake Lodge. You’ll have the opportunity to traverse many different types of terrain. There are old-growth forests with riverside views, or explore the mountain trails with towering cottonwood trees. All are available while spending time in Fernie, BC. Learn more about where to start, what to wear, where to rent gear, and the top locations for snowshoeing during winter in Canada, here!
How to Prepare for Winter Sports in Canada
Join us next month as we go over More Winter Sports in Fernie, which features snowmobiling and fat-tire biking. No matter what you do, be sure to wear the correct winter gear exploring the outdoors in Fernie, BC. Wearing lots of thin layers will allow you to shed layers throughout your winter activities. Wearing synthetic or wool socks is a must as you’ll be sweating throughout your daily adventures. You don’t want to have wet feet throughout the afternoon! If you forget any essential outdoor winter gear, don’t panic. Fernie, BC, has a variety of shops downtown where you can grab any last-minute items you may have left behind.
Package Deals on Winter Sports in Fernie
Fernie, BC has become a popular winter vacation destination. Many people visit to explore and try the different winter sports in Fernie. We offer ski and stay packages and can help you arrange other sports like cat skiing and more as well. Book now as our rooms at Red Tree Lodge tend to fill up fast during the beautiful season of winter in Canada. To get in touch with our welcoming staff about your upcoming getaway, please give us a call at 1-250-423-4622 or for convenience book online!
Calling all thrill-seekers! Looking for adventure on your next trip to Fernie? Well, all the fun isn’t reserved just for winter! How does scaling up tall trees to try balance, jump, climb and clamber your way through an obstacle course? What about screaming down a Zipline at up to 60km per hour? If this sounds like your ticket then you absolutely need to check out the Fernie Alpine Resort Aerial Park & Zipline.
During the hot summer months, Fernie Alpine Resort turns into a thrill-seekers playground with Mountain Biking trails, Hiking trails, Aerial Park, a Zipline and more. This months Red Tree Lodge Deskie adventures took us to check the Aerial Park & Zipline out.
Fernie Alpine Resort Aerial Park
On what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the season our team arrived at the resort ready to start our adventure. The Aerial Park team suited us up into our safety gear before taking us on up to the Park. Walking up to the Aerial Park, the teams anticipation was clear; “Actually, I’m not sure if I am scared of heights”, “Will this thing actually catch me if I fall?” “Is my butt strap tight enough?”.
There are 23 features (obstacles), three Ziplines and one Leap of Faith ranging from beginner to advanced levels to make your way around. Lucky for us, the Aerial Park guides have a feature set-up nice and low to the ground that allows up to practice. We were shown how to attach ourselves and our buddy to and from features safely and then set free on the course.
Time to climb
Standing at the bottom of the tree and getting ready to make the first climb is where the adrenaline starts to pump a little. The hands get a little sweaty and the stomach fills with butterflies. However, once we nailed the first climb and feature, we had the swing of it. Each feature got a little more challenging and a little higher in the trees than the previous one. This was much more a team building experience than I realised. The higher and harder the features got, the louder the encouragement from the Red Tree and Aerial Park teams were!
Even if you are okay with heights, there are features for all levels that will really push you outside of your comfort zone. The feeling of accomplishment and reward was awesome after getting across the difficult features!
Rescue Procedures Test
One of the harder features is called the ‘Swinging Islands’. You need to somehow ninja across swinging platforms while holding onto ropes. At this point our manager Jody decided to check the Aerial Parks rescue procedures….by falling off one of the islands! Okay so she may not have actually wanted to check the rescue procedures but we appreciate her commitment to this blog. Looking like a ‘hang in there baby’ cat poster, Jimmy from the Aerial Park team managed to pull some swift rescue moves and get Jody back to safety, just in time for his lunch break! And thanks to Jody, I knew to by-pass this feature as there would have been two rescues! You can see why the ‘Swinging Islands’ became our favourite feature to talk (ahem…laugh) about.
Fernie Alpine Resort Zipline
Rippin’ the Zip
The Aerial Park does have three Ziplines, two of which will get you down from the features in the trees. Cruising down a Zipline from 40ft in the air is definitely the fun way to get down.
If you are wanting to really ‘Rip the Zip’, check out the Zipline set up near the Mini Moose run! After our fun at the Aerial Park, we made our way up to the top of the Mini Moose run. Locked and loaded we each had our turn taking off from down 555ft Zipline and hitting speeds up to 60km/h on the way down. The breeze was certainly welcome on such a hot day! And the screams, well, they were a necessity on the way down!
Just when you thought the fun was over, you need to catch a ‘Tru Blue’ system down off the Zipline platform. Both the Aerial Park and Zipline have these ‘Tru Blue’ systems which are aptly named the ‘Leap of Faith’. The system is designed to catch you as soon you take a walk off the platform. Jumping off platforms and having complete faith in the gear that connects you is not for the faint hearted. But it sure is fun!!
The Aerial Park and Zipline are run by different teams. You need to complete waivers and receive safety information and gear for each activity. See the team at Guest Services to chat where to go and who to meet.
If you’re planning your getaway to Fernie, check out the Tourism Fernie website. The website is loaded with information about Activities, Culture, Events, special Packages and Offers. There is even a planning tool that will help give you fantastic ideas on what to do.
At Red Tree Lodge, we use the Tourism Fernie website to plan our adventures and check up to date event information. You can find tons of information about the Fernie Alpine Resort Aerial Park & Zipline including dates of operation, rates, height/weight restrictions and more!
If you are looking for a challenging yet family friendly/team building adventure, then definitely head up to the Fernie Alpine Resort Aerial Park & Zipline this summer! The fantastic Aerial Park & Zipline teams will ensure you have an amazing time. And let’s be honest, there is nothing quite like the hilarity of watching your boss be rescued by Jimmy!
Love Beer … Love Skiing!
It’s the perfect combination for a winter vacation, so alongside Fernie Brewing Co we are bringing you the best of this cold and crisp duo! Stay and save up to 20% off on our mid-week Beer Lovers Ski Package and we will also throw in a sample pack of the brewery’s craft beer. Think that the fun might tucker you out? No worries, this two-night stay package also includes a 1 pm late checkout. Book now for our standard rooms, or upgrade to a superior room or even a king room on the second floor if you want to enjoy your beer on the balcony and snuggle up on a pillow top mattress with upgraded linens! We are also a pet friendly hotel so you can still book a room if you want to bring your furry friends along.
Fernie’s Home-Grown Craft Brewery
Located off highway 3, the Brewery is passionate about their goal to quench the thirst of the valley. They boast refreshing brews with no additives or fillers and stand by the idea of “Good Beer for a Good Town“. Their flavourful, award-winning craft beers win the hearts of the locals, and hopefully you will be able to pick your favourite. Even though you will have samples waiting for you in your room we recommend checking out the Brewery – it’s just as cool and full of character as their beer is!
Hit the Slopes!
Fernie Alpine Resort is known for its legendary snow fall and reportedly has the highest of any resort in Canada. Itching to get out and play in the powder? Lift tickets are included in this package so you can head up for some skiing (or snowboarding!) – the shuttle pick up is conveniently located right outside of the lodge and will drop you off right at the base of the hill, if you don’t feel like driving. We are also equipped with all the amenities to warm you up, so take a dip in our heated pool, soak in our hot tub or relax your muscles in the sauna after a day out in the cold. Call now to book your stay with us, and bottoms up to an awesome ski vacation!