Best for experts
Fernie has long held cult status among locals in the western Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia because of its abundant snowfalls (up to 11m some seasons and 9m on average) and the adventurous nature of its steep, ungroomed terrain, largely in the shelter of trees. This makes it a superb mountain for experts, so long as they know where they’re going – a lot of the runs are difficult to find and involve long traverses.
To get the most out of the terrain it’s best to get shown around early in the holiday. Sadly the two-day Steep and Deep Camps are only held once a month but are well worth going on; the other option is a Mountain Guide session, specifically asking for an ungroomed terrain group.
Fernie is ideal for experts looking for a challenge CREDIT: © 2009 HENRY GEORGI/HENRY GEORGI
There are also great snowcat operations nearby; Island Lake Catskiing and Fernie Wilderness Adventures. The resort village is convenient but small, with few eating and drinking options – Fernie town, a couple of miles away, has a much better selection of bars and restaurants.
Where to stay
Situated just a few steps from the village plaza at the base of the slopes, Fernie Slopeside Lodge is a conveniently located ski-in/ski-out hotel with two indoor hot tubs. From £1,021 with Inghams.
Revelstoke has great steep and deep terrain. Whistler has more steep terrain than any other resort in North America.