With the proximity to weather patterns, Fernie Alpine Resorts ridges are perfectly positioned to be pounded by dry, light powder. That's why Fernie Alpine Resort sees an annual average snowfall of 11 metres of snow. That is 37 feet! Picture this to get a better idea: stand a bus on its nose and all you'll only see its bumper.
But weather patterns aside, the folks in Fernie thank the legendary Griz for the heaps of pow.
Legend says that during the early years, a boy was born in a grizzly bears den and oddly no one thought to bring child back to town. Instead, they left him to fend for himself. Years later, local skiers were trudging up the slopes of the Lizard Range when suddenly through the snowfall, they could see a huge man dressed in a grizzly fur coat with a big furry hat, carrying a musket longer than he was tall. As the skiers watched, he shot the musket into the sky causing more dry, fluffy powder to cascade from the clouds. Racing back to town they told everyone of the sighting of the mighty Griz. To this day, the people of Fernie celebrate the mountain man and how he brings the perfect powder to their valley.
Today, there are 142 named runs plus five alpine bowls and fantastic tree skiing opportunities serviced by 10 lifts. At the base, there is no shortage of fuel with nine full-service restaurants to choose from. The Lost Boys Café is one of the highest ski resort restaurants in the Canadian Rockies.
Fernie Alpine Resort is known for its never-ending will to party. In 2013, as part of a wedding, more than 700 feet of skies were strapped together with 522 shot glasses attached. On the count of three the resort became the world record holder for longest shot ski. Festivals rock the plaza all year long with the Fernie Slope Soaker ending every perfect winter season.
On-hill accommodations range from hotel rooms to luxury cabins, including the home used in the 2009 movie, Hot Tub Time Machine. The town of Fernie is moments north of the resort on the Powder Highway and offers more accommodations and endless entertainment.
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