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!
Winter Activities in Fernie
Mother Nature has been showcasing her beauty in Fernie! From the gorgeous sunrises, to blue bird days, sunsets and the nights sky filled with stars – we’ve been getting spoiled! Surrounded by the Canadian Rockies, Fernie is known for it’s legendary powder and amazing conditions at Fernie Alpine Resort, but there’s more winter activities in Fernie to try!!
Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is picking up in popularity thanks to the Fernie Nordic Society. The club welcomes residents, visitors and occasional skiers. You can obtain a day pass for using any of the Fernie Nordic Society trails at the Fernie Golf & Country Club golf course and the Elk Valley Nordic Centre.
There’s a kiosk at each location where you can register and leave your fee in a lock box. If you prefer, you can purchase a pass online. The cost of an individual pass is $12, or $24 for a family. You can also consider getting a membership for the season. They’re available online or you can pick up our traditional paper enrollment form at Freshie’s on 2nd Ave in Fernie. What great value to enjoy the many groomed trails around Fernie! (Please note that skiing areas where dogs are welcome are the Dyke, the Fernie Alpine Resort and Island Lake trails. Dogs are not permitted on the Golf Course or the Elk Valley Nordic Centre.)
Mountain biking is a favorite past time of many Fernie residents. Usually enjoyed in the summer, biking has become a year-round sport with so-called Fat Bikes and their thick snow tires. With an extensive and ever growing number of trails being maintained by the Fernie Mountain Bike Club, there’s something for every skill level! In the winter, the Ridgemont Trails are best for fat tire biking – but there’s many others to choose from! If you don’t have your own fat bike, head downtown to the Gear Hub for some friendly, local advice with your gear. If you’re looking for a little guidance or a guide, The Guide’s Hut (Fernie Bike Guides) can get you set up.
If you’re looking for big thrills and a good dose of adrenaline, try cat skiing with Fernie Wilderness Adventures. Fernie Wilderness Adventures provides their clients with the “experience of a lifetime”. It’s an exceptional outdoor experience in a relaxed, casual atmosphere enjoying the snow and great Canadian Rockies. Nestled in a nearby mountain range just south west of Fernie, FWA has over 5,000 acres with a variety of Ridges to begin your descents from. The guides have a vast variety to choose from, and the terrain ranges from ridges and valleys to spectacular gladed meadows. At an elevation over 7,150 ft (2170 meters) the conditions keep the snow falling from the Coast. Enjoy dry powder perfect for skiers and snowboarders in the world renowned Canadian Rockies. Stay with the Red Tree Lodge and save on your cat skiing adventure – just ask the Front Desk how!
Winter in Fernie
Experience Fernie. A winter wonderland. A mountain paradise. Breathtaking views. There just aren’t enough words to describe the beauty of Fernie in the winter. Arriving on a blue bird day you’ll have the opportunity of taking in the Rocky Mountains that encircle the mountain town of 4,200 residents. Three Sisters, Mount Fernie and Mount Proctor are all located directly behind the Red Tree Lodge. They can be viewed from our Superior and King rooms, as well as the Mount Fernie Suite. These room types all feature their own private balcony.
With the popular Fernie Alpine Resort located just 8 minutes outside of town, Fernie has become one of the most popular mountain destinations in North America. Fernie gets an annual snowfall of 29 feet, spread out over 142 runs and 2,504 acres of terrain. This terrain includes 5 spectacular open bowls, numerous ridges, and amazing glades, meaning Fernie Alpine Resort offers adventure at every turn. 10 lifts service the resort and there’s a variety of terrain for every skill level. Often you’ll find low clouds hovering over town, but as you gain altitude on the chairlift, you’ll break into the beautiful sunshine that lies above. This year the resort is set to open December 5th (weather permitting). It can’t come soon enough for those who can’t wait to experience Fernie!
Fernie Alpine Resort
The resort is always evolving and its services and this year there’s a few new things happening. The Kids Wings Program takes the hassle out of having to find and purchase new equipment for that growing child. By joining this program ($149), you pick up your gear at the beginning of the season and return it before it closes. There will be more high performance option in the rental shop and more rental options for kids (4-6). There’s been terrain improvements and a new groomer has joined the fleet. As always, while staying at the Red Tree Lodge, you can save 5-15% off lift passes.
Other Winter Experiences
Skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only favorite past time of residents and visitors here to experience Fernie. Cat skiing, cross country skiing, snow biking, snow shoeing and snowmobiling are increasing in popularity and making for a different kind of adventure. Snow biking allows you to use big tires to float through the snow with good traction. Timing is key for a good snow ride, so hit the trails when they’re nicely packed and not too icy. If you’re a beginner, try the Lazy Lizard trail (10km). For an intermediate give the Ridgemont Loop (9km) a try and for advanced riders, the Provincial Park Loop (7km). If you’re looking for the experience of a lifetime, then cat skiing is for you!
Fernie Wilderness Adventures offers day cat skiing trips on over 5,000 acres that features a variety of ridges to begin your descents from. A typical day starts with breakfast at the lodge, then it’s a quick cat ride up the backcountry terrain. Next thing you know, you’ll find yourself in waist deep powder on every run. With an elevation over 7,150 ft, the conditions keep the snow falling from the Coast and dry powder perfect for skiier and snowboarders to enjoy world renowned Canadian Rockies. Choosing from a vast variety of terrain, from ranges to ridges, valleys’ to spectacular gladed meadows, you won’t be able to wipe that smile off your face. Take a sneak peek below!
Photography by Jean-Yves