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!